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Aug. 26, 2002

Greensboro, N.C. – Virginia tailback Wali Lundy was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week for his performance in the Cavaliers’ season-opening contest against Colorado State last Thursday night.

The true freshman from Willingboro, N.J., rushed for a team-leading 94 yards on 20 carries (4.7 avg.), caught two passes for 20 yards and returned four kickoffs for 70 yards.

His 94 rushing yards are the most by a Virginia true freshman in his first game since the restoration of freshman eligibility in 1972, while his 184 all-purpose yards fell 11 yards short of tying the school record for most all-purpose yards by a freshman.

Despite the 35-29 loss, the Cavaliers were in position to win at the end due to major contributions by Lundy. On the final drive of the game, he rushed four times for 25 times as the Cavaliers got the ball inside Colorado State’s 10-yard line, but couldn’t punch it in.

The Cavaliers return to action this Saturday (Aug. 31) as they face third-ranked Florida State in Tallahassee. The game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. and will be televised regionally on ABC.

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