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Minnifield, Payne Named All-ACC

• Cornerback Chase Minnifield was named First Team All-ACC, while running back Keith Payne earned second-team accolades.
• Minnifield became the first UVa defensive back to garner first-team honors since Anthony Poindexter in 1998. Payne becomes the first running back to be named to either the first or second team since Alvin Pearman took home first-team honors in 2004.

Minnifield Nabs All-America Honors
• Virginia CB Chase Minnifield earned All-America honors after being named to’s honorable mention squad.
• He becomes the first Cavalier to earn All-America honors from Sports Illustrated’s online outlet since offensive lineman Eugene Monroe took home an honorable mention nod in 2008. The last UVa defensive player to be honored on’s All-America team was defensive lineman Chris Long, who made the first-team in 2007.
• Minnifield, a junior second-team All-ACC honoree, finished the regular season No. 2 in the ACC and No. 6 nationally with six interceptions.
• The honor is Minnifield’s first All-America accolade of his career.

Moses Named to Phil Steele Freshman All-America Squad
• Virginia freshman offensive tackle Morgan Moses was named a Freshman All-American fourth-team member by Phil Steele’s Postseason Publication and an Honorable Mention Freshman All-American by
• Moses became the seventh true freshman nationally to start at an offensive tackle position in 2010 when he started at right tackle against North Carolina. The Richmond, Va., native appeared in 11 games and started seven of them, six at right tackle.
• Before Moses started his first contest UVa had surrendered 17 sacks in 22 quarters prior to Moses’ first start. After halftime of the first start Moses was part of an offensive line that surrendered only six sacks over the final 26 quarters of the season.

UVa Football Honored by AFCA for Graduation Rates
• The Virginia football team was one of 44 institutions recognized by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) for graduating at least 75 percent or more of their football student-athletes.
• This is the 24th time since the Academic-Achievement Award was instituted in 1981 that UVa has been recognized for its football graduation rates, including winning the award in 1985 and 1986 for having the best graduation rate in the country.
• Virginia is one of 12 programs to win the prestigious AFCA Award and only six to win it twice. Virginia has earned honorable mention distinction 22 times, which is the most of any institution in the country.
• The Graduation Success Rate (GSR) is based on a six-year graduation window for student-athletes which is a change from the five-year window used by the CFA and AFCA.

Six Cavaliers Earn All-ACC Honors from Phil Steele
• Six Cavaliers were named to Phil Steele’s All-ACC Team: second-team honorees Raynard Horne (KR), Chase Minnifield (CB) and Keith Payne (RB) and third-team honorees Kris Burd (WR) and Cam Johnson (DE) and fourth-team recipient Dontrelle Inman (WR).
• Payne led the ACC in scoring at 8.7 points per game with a league-best 16 total touchdowns. His 14 rushing scores is a mark that is No. 3 all-time in the UVa annals and second-most since the end of World War II.
• Minnifield finished the regular season No. 2 in the ACC and No. 6 nationally with six interceptions.
• Horne battled injury the second half of the season after leading the league for most of the year in kick return average, finishing the season third in the ACC at 24.9 in kick return yards.
• Burd led UVa with 58 receptions and was No. 5 in the ACC in receptions (4.8) and No. 7 in receiving yards (66.6). Johnson ranked No. 6 in the ACC with 6.5 sacks and No. 7 in the ACC with 14.5 tackles for a loss.
• Inman ranked No. 6 in the ACC in yards per game (67.9) and No. 10 in receptions per game (4.2).

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