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April 7, 2010
5:58 p.m.

CHARLOTTESVILLE — A season ago, Chris Hinkebein kicked off 33 times for UVa’s football team, with 7 touchbacks, but didn’t attempt an extra point or field goal.

Robert Randolph kicked off 19 times, with no touchbacks. He was 17 for 19 on field goals and 6 for 6 on extra points.

Yet another Cavalier, Drew Jarrett, did not kick off or attempt a field goal. But he made all 17 of his extra-point attempts.

All three players are back, but Virginia’s new coach, Mike London, would prefer to have one or two of them handle all the kicking duties this season.

As the spring game approaches, London said Monday, the competition among Randolph, Hinkebein and Randolph is still “relatively close, but coming out of spring, I’m going to make the decision that will create that separation. There’ll be a line drawn in terms of, ‘All right, who’s going into camp as being the starter?’ “

Assistant coaches Scott Wachenheim and Anthony Poindexter have kept track of “every rep, every kick, who’s holding, the yardage, just different things like that,” London said. “So we’ll add all the components together, and then at the end of spring look at the results and make a decision and move on.”

Randolph and Hinkebein are rising juniors. Jarrett will be a sophomore in the fall.

Jimmy Howell, also a rising a junior, returns as UVa’s No. 1 punter.

Jeff White

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