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|SabreMail - September 11, 2006||
Homecoming Weekend Arrives at UVa
With Western Michigan coming to town Saturday, the University of Virginia is set for Homecoming Weekend 2006. That, of course, means there are a variety of events going on around town (including the Alumni Association's and TheSabre.com's "Friday Night Chalk Talks with George Welsh" series. Learn more below.). But Homecoming Weekend is about more than events and football, it's about seeing old friends, sharing old stories, and visiting the ol' alma mater.
So with that in mind, I have a few reminders for those returning to Charlottesville this week:
This Week In Recruiting
By Chris Horne
Football recruiting ...
UVa had a handful of prospects on hand for Saturday's win over Wyoming. Included among the group were star quarterback commitment Peter Lalich, Henrico DB/ATH Corey Mosley, and, making an official visit, Oaks Christian (CA) wide receiver Sean Wiser.
We were able to catch up with Wiser late last night for comments on his UVa experience. UVa is right in the thick of things for the 6-2, 185-pound prospect who is also considering Oregon (official visit this upcoming weekend) and Stanford.
Wiser enjoyed his UVa experience and says the Hoos are close with the other two finalists. Wiser's experience at Oregon this weekend should be telling to see if UVa still has a shot or if the standout receiver will likely stay close to home.
Peter Lalich threw for 225 yards and three touchdowns on Friday in a loss to Stone Bridge High School. Sabre EDGE subscribers can follow Lalich's (and the other commitments) senior season on his recruiting card, where we will post his statistics from each game.
Virginia did come away with a commitment last night, but it wasn't from one of the weekend visitors. It was from 6-2, 180-pound place-kicker prospect Chris Hinkebein out of Providence High School in Charlotte (N.C.).
Hinkebein was notified last Friday night that UVa would be extending an official offer. After talking about it with his family, he decided to make a verbal commitment to the Hoos on Sunday.
Hinkebein impressed at UVa's summer camp earlier this year, kicking a 56-yard field goal from off the ground. He chose UVa over an offer from Marshall and interest from Clemson and Missouri.
Basketball recruiting .
Coach Dave Leitao and company hosted one of its bigger recruits - both literally and figuratively - over the weekend on an official visit. The recruit was 7-1, 235-pound Montverde (FL) center Solomon Alabi. Stay tuned, as we hope to produce an article on Alabi's experience. The five-star prospect will make official visits to Florida State and Arizona this month before making a commitment.
Chris Horne, our resident recruiting expert, provides updates throughout the week for Edge subscribers about UVa's commitments and recruiting targets in football and men's basketball. To sign up for an Edge subscription, please check out the Sabre Edge Sign Up and Information Page. If you're already on board as an Edge subscriber, click the links below to catch up on recruiting.
Sabre Edge recruiting updates from the past week ...
Matt Mihalik's Road to Committing to UVa
Preseason Check-In: QB Peter Lalich
Three-star WR Holds Off on Decision
Also from the past week ...
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George Welsh Chalk Talk Series Continues
With Western Michigan coming to town Saturday, the University of Virginia Alumni Association and TheSabre.com are happy to announce the "Friday Night Chalk Talks with George Welsh" series. The former UVa coach will be on hand to talk football strategy. The event opens at 7 p.m. at Alumni Hall. Learn more about the series here.
Don't forget, the Alumni Association features lots of game weekend activities. There's the "More Than the Score" pregame lecture series (Lou Bloomfield, Physics Professor, is this week's guest), pregame Barbeque and beverages at Alumni Hall, and a postgame celebration at Alumni Hall as well. You can learn about all of those events and the Chalk Talk series here.
Post of the WeekSubject: SLAM!!!! goes the missed FG yesterday! (pic may be too big for dialup users)
Posted by: 1995hoo on Sun Sep 10 2006 2:02:48 PM
Message: Look two-thirds of the way up the left upright. Captured from Section 109.
The little kid down to the left in the #33 jersey in Section 117 appears to be the only person to realize it's no good. The Big Man down front is as intense as ever!
The photo has been modified to fit this space. Check out the orginal post here!
UVa Bookstores' 2006 Virginia Football Pick 'Em
Pick'em is simple. The first contestant who picks the winner and comes closest to predicting the final score wins. In case of ties, the earliest entry will be awarded the prize. Last week's winner won a No. 91 Virginia jersey for example!
Entries must be received by 12:00 a.m. EST game day. Entries received after 12:00 a.m. (midnight the night before the game) are ineligible. Limit one entry per person. The next business day following game day, UVa Bookstores will email a short note regarding the results.
For the full information or to enter, click here!
Around the World of Wahoo Sports ...
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Issue No. 111 - Oct. 31, 2003
Rivers and Schaub battle this Saturday in Raleigh
The battle for second place in the ACC begins in Raleigh, North Carolina tomorrow when Virginia travels to face N.C. State. Both teams have two losses each in the conference. The winner of tomorrow's 3:30 (ABC) contest will take the lead for second place. If Virginia can win, they will face both Maryland and Georgia Tech in the coming weeks with a chance to secure their finish. The Cavaliers' destiny is truly in their own hands at this point, and a win over the Pack gives them the upper hand.
Leading the way for the Hoos tomorrow will be senior quarterback Matt Schaub. Schaub currently leads the nation in pass completion percentage with 71 percent, just barely ahead of N.C. State's Philip Rivers. Schaub has thrown for over 1,400 yards and nine touchdowns in his five starts since coming back from a severe shoulder separation.
UVa will be facing one of the nation's weakest defenses tomorrow. N.C. State ranks 112th out of 117 Division 1-A teams against the pass, and 71st in scoring defense. If the Cavaliers can manage any success with the run, it should be open season with the pass most of the afternoon. Now we know why Coach Groh was trying to run the ball against Troy State, rather than lighting it up through the air.
N.C. State's strength is their passing game, where they rank 4th nationally. What may hurt them is their ability to have success on the ground. With a healthy T.A. McLendon, the Pack could do some serious damage. But McLendon is hobbling into this game, and without him N.C. State has major problems. With McLendon being injured most of the season, N.C. State comes in at 115th nationally in rushing offense, just ahead of Western Michigan and Army. If McClendon cannot product tomorrow, UVa could quite possibly shut the Pack down. While State has a strong passing offense, Virginia's strength is their pass defense and their ability to get to the quarterback.
| What's New on TheSabre.com?
Football season has kicked off for Virginia and the Hoos are 1-1. The Sabre is the place to be for all of your Cavalier content as we keep you up to date on all that's going on. Here's a sneak peak at some of the articles to expect on the site in the coming days:
In Case You Missed It ...
Sabre articles from the past week
JHoo: 10 Things I Learned Against Wyoming
The Turning Point - Wyoming
Defense Shines in Wyoming Win
McCabe Helps Hoos Gun Down Wyoming
Keys to the Game - Wyoming
Why or Why Not? - Learning From Week 1
Game Preview: Wyoming at Virginia
The Hawk's Nest - Bouncing Back Takes Leadership
Hoos Tailgating With Mom - Teriyaki Chicken
UVa Announces Crowd Control Changes
Greg's Game Grades: Pittsburgh 38, UVa 13
JHoo: 10 Things I Learned Against Pittsburgh
Photo Gallery: Virginia at Pittsburgh
Cavalier Call-in Highlights 2006, Show 2
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