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Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Hope and concern: Virginia

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Biggest reason for hope -- Experience at quarterback

It seems like the one position the Cavaliers didn't lose a boatload of experience, and it's quite a turnaround from the situation they were in at this time last year, when none of the candidates had ever started a game. The return of former starter Jameel Sewell from academic troubles, the newfound experience of Marc Verica, and the athletic ability of Vic Hall will give first-year offensive coordinator Gregg Brandon plenty of options.

Biggest reason for concern -- It's a tie: Linebackers and wide receivers

Both of these positions were hit equally as hard, as three veteran linebackers and the top four receivers have to be replaced. The graduation of linebackers Clint Sintim, Antonio Appleby and Jon Copper will literally change the face of Al Groh's defense, and considering how good they were, Groh was understandably reluctant to take them off the field in order to get their backups much playing time. Receivers Jared Green and Kris Burd both had good springs, but they combined for 19 catches last year and will be facing much higher expectations. Groh said he is still waiting for a dependable go-to player to emerge.