Unheralded Running Back Helps Lead UVa Football Over VMI

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The Virginia football team improved to 2-1 with the 49-0 win against VMI Saturday.

The Cavaliers started the game thin at running back as both Taquan Mizzell and Khalek Shepherd were on the bench with ankle injuries.

Junior running back Kevin Parks stepped up big for the 'Hoos with over 200 all-purpose yards and two scores, including a 61-yard touchdown run for the first points of the game.

But the biggest surprise was true-freshman Daniel Hamm.

He came to UVA for track and field before walking on for football.

Hamm had a team-high 136-yards and two touchdowns on 21-carries in his first career action.

"I called it, during the week," says Virginia sophomore quarterback David Watford.  "I told offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild he was going to have 150 yards rushing.  I knew it was going to happen.  I just didn't know he was going to have that many touchdowns, but I'm proud of him."

Parks added, "He took advantage of his opportunities, and you see what he did as a first-year, walk on running back.  Look what he did.  That was really big."

Virginia travels to Pitt for its first ACC game next Saturday at noon.