Moses Named VaSID Rookie of the Year Highlighting UVa's Honorees
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Seven Virginia football players were named to Virginia Sports Information Directors Association (VaSID) All-State Division I Football Team, announced Thursday. Highlighting the honorees was offensive tackle Morgan Moses, named the VaSID Rookie of the Year. Kris Burd (WR), Chase Minnifield (DB) and Keith Payne (RB) were named to the first-team at their respective positions, while Dontrelle Inman (WR), Cam Johnson (DL), Moses (OT) and Austin Pasztor (OG) earned second-team honors.
Sports information directors from throughout the state took part in the voting which, in addition to the top individual awards, named all-state first and second teams on offense and defense.
Virginia Tech’s Tyrod Taylor was named player of the year and the Hokies’ skipper Frank Beamer was named coach of the year.
Moses, the state’s top rookie and freshman All-American, 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.
In just his third start Moses went toe-to-toe with Miami’s Allen Bailey, who entered the game No. 26 in the nation in sacks. Moses shut Bailey down during a period where UVa went 13-straight quarters without allowing a sack.
An All-ACC third team selection by Phil Steele’s Postseason team, 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). The Matoaca, Va., native became the first UVa receiver to accumulate at least four 100-yard receiving games in the same season since Billy McMullen did so in 2001. Burd was also named the Touchdown Club of Richmond’s Offense End of the Year.
Minnifield, a junior first-team All-ACC honoree and SI.com honorable mention All-American, finished the regular season No. 2 in the ACC and No. 6 nationally with six interceptions. Twice during the season he was named honorable mention for the Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week honor. He also shared ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors on Nov. 1 with teammate Corey Mosley after snaring two interceptions in UVa’s 24-19 upset of Miami. The Lexington, Ky., native finished the season No. 8 on the team with 48 tackles. He also broke up four passes and recorded 0.5 sacks.
Payne, a senior, concluded his collegiate career leading the ACC in scoring at 8.7 points per game with a league-best 16 total touchdowns in 2010. 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. The All-ACC second-team performer led UVa with 749 rushing yards and a 68.1 yards per average, while splitting carries with Perry Jones. Payne was recently named to The Nation’s roster for the NFL Player’s Association All-Star Game.
Inman ranked No. 6 in the ACC in yards per game (67.9) and No. 10 in receptions per game (4.2). He led the team with 815 receiving yards and had the 13th best receiving output in ACC history with 239 receiving yards at Duke. The mark also ranks No. 2 all‐time for a game in the UVa annals. Inman was named to Phil Steele’s Postseason All-ACC fourth-team.
Johnson finished the year ranked No. 6 in the ACC with 6.5 sacks and No. 7 with 14.5 tackles for a loss. He finished No. 5 on the team with 53 tackles and batted down four passes at the line of scrimmage. Johnson ignited a pass rush that set the table when UVa tied a program record with five INTs against No. 22 Miami. He had a career-high three sacks and 4.0 tackles for a loss against VMI. Johnson was named to Phil Steele’s Postseason All-ACC third-team and the Roanoke Times All-State second-team.
Pasztor was part of an offensive line that surrendered only three sacks over the last 26 quarters of play and helped block for one of the ACC’s top offenses, which finished as the ACC’s No. 4 pass offense (265.5). He was a key component on the line for UVa’s fourth‐best all‐time offensive output of 643 yards of offense at Duke. He also was named on the Roanoke Times All-State first-team at the guard position.