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|SabreMail - April 30, 2012||
Report: Sims Headed To UVa
If a report on ESPN.com is accurate, Phillip Sims is headed to the University of Virginia.
Sims, a 6'2", 210-pound quarterback, announced last Friday that he had been given a release to transfer from the University of Alabama. Multiple sources, including Jerry Ratcliffe of The Daily Progress and Doug Doughty of The Roanoke Times, then reported that UVa had been given a release to speak with the former 5-star prospect out of Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA). And this morning, Joe Schad of ESPN.com reports that Sims indeed will transfer to UVa.
Sims redshirted his freshman year at Alabama. He saw action in eight games last season as a redshirt freshman, finishing with 163 yards passing and two interceptions. He is reportedly applying for an NCAA hardship waiver that would allow him to be immediately eligible to play at a major FBS school, which appears will be Virginia. If the waiver is granted, he will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning this season.
A 4-year starter for one of the state's top high school football programs, Sims enjoyed a 48-4 record as a starter in high school. He left Oscar Smith rated a 5-star prospect by Scout.com and a 4-star recruit by Rivals.com and ESPN.com. Sims, an Under Armour All-American, concluded his high school career as the state's all-time leader in passing yards (10,725 yards) and touchdown passes (119). Sims led Oscar Smith to a Group AAA Division 6 State Championship as a junior, when he threw for 3,167 yards with 38 touchdowns and only four interceptions. As a senior, he had 2,960 yards passing and 33 scores.
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San Francisco Selects Johnson
Virginia Athletics Media Relations, Official Release
Virginia senior defensive end Cam Johnson was selected by the San Francisco 49ers during Saturday's National Football League Draft. Johnson was taken in the seventh round as the 237th overall pick. It marks the 29th consecutive year (dating back to 1984) a Virginia player has been drafted. That is the second longest streak in the ACC, trailing only Miami at 37 years. Johnson is the first Cavalier taken by the 49ers since tight end Patrick Estes was chosen in the seventh round by San Francisco in 2005. It is just the fourth time the franchise has drafted a Cavalier.
Johnson appeared in 42 games, starting 34 times, during his four-year collegiate career that spanned the 2008 through 2011 seasons. He did not redshirt any year at UVa. Johnson finished his career with 130 tackles, 12.5 sacks and 33.5 tackles for loss. He forced three fumbles, recovered three fumbles and broke up seven passes.
Johnson played in both 3-4 and 4-3 schemes at UVa. He moved from outside linebacker to defensive end starting in the 2010 season.
Fahringer, Robinson Win At Penn Relays
Virginia Athletics Media Relations, Official Release
Senior Andy Fahringer won the men's championship javelin throw and fellow senior Marcus Robinson captured the men's championship triple jump title on the final day of the Penn Relays Saturday at chilly Franklin Field in Philadelphia.
Fahringer, who finished second at the ACC Championships a week ago, was in third place going into the final throw before he reached a distance of 74.63m (244' 10") in his final attempt. Fahringer broke his own program record and the mark is the seventh-longest throw at the Penn Relays since they went to the new javelin implement in 1986.
Fahringer becomes the first Virginia male to win the javelin at the Penn Relays. His mark of 74.63m is the seventh-best distance in the nation this year, based on marks going into this weekend.
"I've been denied this championship for a long time," Fahringer said. "I've been coming here [to the Penn Relays for] a long time since I was a junior in high school and the weather is usually bad and I didn't compete very well. This was the first time I was able to come back-to-back with ACCs healthy and with confidence. Today, the series [of throws] wasn't great, but I was able to compete very well and it sets me up very well for the first round of nationals. I'm looking forward to taking a down week, graduating, getting some good training in and hopefully break some more school records at nationals."
Robinson won the men's championship triple jump with a mark of 16.13m (52' 11"), which came on his second attempt. Robinson is the first Cavalier to win the triple jump championship in the 118-year history of the Penn Relays.
"It means a lot," Robinson said of the win. "It's my senior year and I'm trying to go out with a bang as much as I can. It felt alright given the conditions, but I'm just happy to get the win."
For more results from this event for the Hoos, click here.
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The two players are friends, and elected to contact Coach Mike Groh on a three-way call to inform him of the good news. Hats off to Coach Groh for getting these two fine young players.
As many of your have already heard, Martinez was in a car accident just days before he made his commitment. Before the accident, Martinez had said that he would wait until January to make his decision and keep his options open. Martinez said that the accident caused him to reflect on things that were more important, and he decided to make his commitment sooner than expected. So, is this a firm commitment, or did Martinez rush into this decision?
"I don't think I rushed myself," Martinez said. "I knew that's where I wanted to go the whole time. I just wanted to weigh my options and see what else was out there. I knew the whole time that Virginia was the best fit for me. It's close to home. I just knew from the beginning that's probably where I would end up. I like Virginia."
Martinez will be in attendance for this Saturday's game against Florida State. It is rumored that many of Virginia's top recruits will be in attendance. Most are likely to hear from Martinez and his quest to reel in more top players in this recruiting class.
"Jonathan Lewis, Kai Parham, Ahmad Brooks, Jason Snelling and Keenan Carter [are expected to be there]," Martinez said. "I'm not sure about Marcus Vick. Michael Johnson might come up.
"The other night I called Maurice Stovall and Jonathan Lewis. They both said they were going to take their visits and see how things played out for them. Jason and I are still going to come up on December 1st for our official visit to UVa. I hope that my commitment will help bring some players here. I want to play with the best players in the country."
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