|Historical Stats & Info
|"It is the most important victory of my career." -- Head Coach Dick Voris, after the
Hoos’ 15-12 victory over Duke on September 27, 1958. Voris finished his UVA career
with a record of 1-29.
|"We've stopped recruiting young men who want to come here to be students first and
athletes second." -- Former Virginia head coach Sonny Randle, describing his strategy
for turning around UVA's football program
|"As the score mounted, to 20-0 and finally 26-0, his movements slowed. With two
minutes to go and South Carolina threatening once more, Voris stood behind several
rows of substitutes, staring at his shoes." -- Sports Illustrated, describing Coach Voris’
stellar coaching performance during the Hoos’ 26-0 loss to South Carolina in 1960
|"Really, Texas wasn't as good as I thought they'd be." -- Ted Manly, Virginia's
freshman quarterback, after Texas had spanked the Hoos 68-0
|5 Questions with Ray Roberts
|Ray Roberts was one of the most decorated and dominant offensive linemen in the
history of Virginia football.
Roberts was a four-time letter winner (1988-1991) and was selected to the All-ACC
team three times (2nd Team in 1989, 1st Team in 1990 and 1991). He also won
the Jacobs Blocking Trophy (which is awarded to the player voted the most
outstanding blocker in the ACC in a poll of conference coaches) in each of his last
two seasons (1990 and 1991), becoming only the second Virginia player to win the
award two times.
As a senior in 1991, Roberts served as a team captain and was selected 1st
Team All-America by the Scripps Howard News Service and Kodak (American
Football Coaches Association). He earned second-team All-America honors from
College & Pro Football Newsweekly, the Football News, The Associated Press
and United Press International.
During his career, Roberts played on three bowl teams, and he was a starter on
UVA's first ACC championship team in 1989.
After his senior season, the Seattle Seahawks made Roberts the #10 overall pick
in the 1992 NFL draft. Roberts started the first 46 games of his NFL career
before suffering a season-ending injury in 1994. After the 1995 season Roberts
signed as a free agent with the Detroit Lions, where he played with several former
Hoos, including Don Majkowski, Greg Jeffries, Chris Harrison, Matt Blundin,
Herman Moore, and Germane Crowell. In 1998, Roberts was selected by
his teammates as one of two offensive co-captains, and he was on the field for
every offensive play that season. For his career, Roberts played in 127 regular
season games, including 116 starts.
These days, Big Ray is the head football coach at Lake Washington High School
in Kirkland, Washington. He is also a radio host and analyst on ESPN 710 in
Seattle, and he is currently working on a project aimed at assisting with life and
career transitions for professional athletes and corporate professionals. Ray has
three kids - his daughter Reagan is 13, and his sons Slade and Pryce are 11 and
5. Ray and his wife Beth have been married for 17 years.
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