Five-Star Freshmen Could Play a Role for Wahoos This Season

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Andrew Brown was the high school Defensive Player of the Year Andrew Brown was the high school Defensive Player of the Year

The Virginia football team has five practices under its belt so far this season.

The Cavaliers could be relying on a couple of five-star freshmen this year, in the form of Quin Blanding and Andrew Brown.

Brown is a 6-foot-5, 305 pound defensive lineman.

He was an early enrollee at UVa and was the Gatorade High School National Defensive Player of the Year.

Blanding is a 6-foot-4, 210-pound safety, and has been lining up in the defensive backfield next to senior strong safety Anthony Harris.

Senior cornerback Demetrious Nicholson earned a starting position with the Cavaliers as a true freshman, and has been sharing his experience with Blanding.

Nicholson says, "Being a first year out there on defense in college, it's definitely a faster game, compared to high school. I told him, wherever he's going, don't think too much. Just go fast, and if you make a mistake, make it 100%, and we'll watch it on film, and correct it from there, and he can learn that way."

Head coach Mike London says, "My philosophy is when they're ready, we're ready to play them. When their skill set shows they can handle, to me what is also important are the rigors, or the academic challenges that will be. We're confident about the freshmen."

Junior defensive end David Dean expects Brown to have a prominent role one the defensive line.

Dean says, "Andrew has great size, great athleticism, great explosiveness. He shows potential to be a great player. All he has to do is learn and take in everything, all the knowledge he's getting from the coaches and us, and use that, and if he picks up on that fast, I think he can make a great impact for us this season."

London: "We're confident about the first-year's that do play this year. We'll put them through a process, that says we're ready, they're ready. They can handle the academic challenges, the social challenges, and then we'll move forward with them."

Virginia opens the season at home against UCLA on August 30th.

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