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UVa Freshman Running Back Taquan Mizzell has Little Impact so Far

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There was a lot of hype and fanfare coming into the football season surrounding UVa freshman running back Taquan Mizzell but he hasn't yet made the impact many had hoped.

Virginia's first five-star recruit in several years only has just over a hundred total yards this season. He missed two games with an ankle injury, but he hasn't rushed for more than 16 yards in a game and he's only caught 10 passes for 44 yards.

The man nicknamed "Smoke" because of his blazing speed just hasn't broken through yet.   Why not?

UVa coach Mike London says, "Taquan, "Smoke" as we call him, is an excellent player. He did have those issues with coming in with the injury, ankle injury, early on, the first three games, and then came back the Ball State game and this game. But he's a player, again, that has skills, dynamic skills - which we want to find ways to get incorporated into the offense.  The big thing is the offense is improving as we move along, as we've gone along, and we just have to continue to find ways for him to use those skills because he is a very, very good player."

Virginia plays host to Duke Saturday at 3:30pm at Scott Stadium.

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