CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia senior Chico Bennett Jr. was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Lineman of the Week on Monday (Sept. 26). It marks the second-straight week a Cavalier has been recognized by the league it its weekly awards.

Bennett had a career night on Friday (Sept. 23) at Syracuse for a Cavalier defense that held the Orange to just 75 yards on the ground. Playing UVA’s bandit position, Bennett made four tackles, including a career-best two sacks. In addition, he recovered one of the Cavaliers three forced fumbles on the night. After allowing a touchdown on the game’s opening drive (following a 57-yard kickoff return), the UVA defense only permitted four field goals on Syracuse’s next four trips into the red zone.

ACC Players of the Week (Sept. 26)
QB – DJ Uiagalelei, Clemson
RB – Israel Abanikanda, Pitt
WR – Jahmal Banks, Wake Forest
Co-OL – Jordan McFadden, Clemson & Grant Gibson, NC State
DL – Chico Bennett, Virginia
LB – Mikel Jones, Syracuse
DB – Garrett Williams, Syracuse
Specialist – Andre Szymt, Syracuse
Rookie – Drake Maye, North Carolina

2022 Virginia ACC Player of the Week Honors
Sept. 16 – Brendan Farrell (Specialist)
Sept. 23 – Chico Bennett (Defensive Line)