UVa Defense Stands Tall in Spring Game

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Rising junior defensive end Eli Harold Rising junior defensive end Eli Harold

The Virginia defense had a strong showing in the spring game this weekend.

Senior linebacker Henry Coley led all players with 12 tackles.

Junior Eli Harold and sophomore Max Valles also had big games.

Valles sacked the quarterback twice, and had seven tackles, including 3 1/2 tackles for a loss.

Two of Harold's six tackles came in the backfield, and he also added two sacks.

Head coach Mike London says the bookend defensive ends could give the Cavaliers a match-up advantage.

"When you have athletic ends like that, you have opportunities to do different things with them," says London.  "We're excited for the chance, whether they're standing up, or their hand is on the ground, it doesn't make a difference, coming off the edge, to block to dominant rushers is going to be a challenge.

Valles says, "Hopefully get a few sacks this year. Me and Eli both coming off at the same time should be a great challenge for both of us, to see who can get more."