The Virginia football team received good news Thursday, as defensive tackle Brent Urban is listed as probable for Saturday's game at Miami.
UVa's best defensive player has missed the last four games recovering from a high ankle sprain suffered during the Maryland game.
Cavaliers starting cornerback Maurice Canady is also listed as probable for Saturday's contest.
He's missed the last three games with an undisclosed medical condition.
Despite the likely return of two of Virginia's best defensive players, it probably won't change the betting line much.
The Wahoos are a 20-point underdog for Saturday's game at Miami, despite the fact UVa has beaten the Hurricanes in their last three meetings.
Last year Jake McGee caught the game winning touchdown with six seconds left, as Virginia stunned Miami 41-40 in Charlottesville.
Two years ago, Virginia was an underdog at Miami, but the Hoos won thanks in part to a halfback option pass from Perry Jones to Tim Smith for a touchdown.
McGee says, "We'll try to build on what we've done, but it's a new team for them and for us. I don't think there's any real advantage to having beaten someone the year before, but we'll try to do the best we can. It's always nice going to Miami in the middle of November."
The two head coaches know each other well, as Mike London and Miami's Al Golden both coached together for four season at UVa under Al Groh.
Golden was Virginia's defensive coordinator, and London was the defensive line coach.
Golden is now in his 3rd season as head coach at Miami, while London is in his 4th season at UVa.
London says, "I don't believe its because Al and I know each other that I have any special insight into the play calling or what they like to do. You know what they like to do, that's run the football and they do a very good job of doing that. As soon as you bring up that extra guy to stop the run, then they'll throw the ball behind you with those excellent receivers. Our challenge is to go on the road down there and play a game that will give us some success."
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