Dec. 8, 2009
CHARLOTTESVILLE — In his final season as UVa’s football coach, Al Groh played 14 true freshmen.
Only one other time in his tenure did Groh play so many newcomers — in 2002, his second season.
Fourteen true freshmen saw action that year, too, and the newcomers helped the Cavaliers finish 9-5.
UVa went 3-9 this season.
One of the true freshmen who played this year, tailback Dominique Wallace, suffered a season-ending foot injury in the third game.
Wallace is expected to get the year of eligibility back because of his medical hardship.
Here’s how other true freshmen’s participation breaks down by plays and games:
— WR Tim Smith, 318 plays (317 on offense/1 on special teams) in 11 games
— TB Perry Jones, 205 (25 on offense/180 on special teams) in 11 games
— LB Tucker Windle, 159 (85 on defense/74 on special teams) in 8 games
— DB LaRoy Reynolds, 98 (all on special teams) in 10 games
— OL Oday Aboushi, 95 (94 on offense/1 on special teams) in 6 games
— WR Quintin Hunter, 89 (all on offense) in 9 games
— DE Will Hill, 84 plays (19 on defense/65 on special teams) in 12 games
— LB Connor McCartin, 69 (4 on defense/65 on special teams) in 5 games
— DB LoVante Battle, 44 (all on special teams) in 7 games
— TE Paul Freedman, 24 (all on offense) in 5 games
— DB/KR Javanti Sparrow, 23 (all on special teams) in 4 games
— *PK Drew Jarrett, 18 (all on special teams) in 8 games
— **DB Corey Lillard, 10 (all on special teams) in 3 games
* Jarrett kicked extra points.
** Lillard played eight snaps in UVa’s Oct. 3 win at North Carolina. He didn’t play again until the penultimate game of the season. Lillard was in for one play against Clemson and one play versus Virginia Tech in the season finale a week later.