|"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
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|Awhile back I came across a series of articles that Heather Dinich wrote earlier this
year for ESPN.com in which she identified the players who would be on Mt. Rushmore
for each ACC football team. The UVa article can be found here. I think she got it half
right, which is about par for the course for Dinich.
"Bullet" Bill Dudley
"Bullet" Bill Dudley was arguably the greatest player in the history of UVa football. A
prolific runner, passer, kicker, and defensive player, Dudley led the Hoos in passing,
rushing, total offense, scoring, punting, kick returns and interceptions during his
junior season in 1940. He was even better his senior season, leading the nation in
scoring (a school record 134 points), touchdowns (a school record 18), and
all-purpose yards (1,674). In addition, he finished second nationally in rushing (968
yards) and total offense (1,824 yards), and fourth in punt returns (481 yards). Dudley
led the Hoos to a 8-1 record in 1941, and he had a hand in 206 of the 279 points
scored by the Cavaliers. For his efforts, Dudley won the Maxwell Award as the
country's most outstanding player. He earned All-America honors at halfback in
1941 and finished fifth in the 1941 Heisman balloting. A member of the National
Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of
Fame, Dudley was the first Cavalier to have his number retired. He was selected
first overall in the 1942 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Prior to George Welsh's arrival in 1982, Virginia had experienced only two winning
seasons in the previous 29 years and had never been to a bowl game. Welsh
quickly turned the program around, leading Virginia to a record of 8-2-2 and a Peach
Bowl victory in 1984. In 19 years at the helm, Welsh became the winningest football
coach in UVa and ACC history, compiling a record of 134-86-3, including a
conference record 80 ACC victories, two conference championships, 12 bowl
appearances, and 13 consecutive seasons of at least seven wins from 1987-99. He
was voted ACC coach of the year a record five times and was a three-time national
coach of the year. Upon his retirement after the 2000 season, Welsh's 189 career
victories ranked him 24th in Division I-A history. Welsh was inducted to the College
Football Hall of Fame in 2004.
Regarded as one of the fiercest hitters in the game during his collegiate career,
Anthony Poindexter earned first-team All-America honors at safety his junior and
senior seasons. After being named Honorable Mention All-ACC as a freshman in
1995, Poindexter earned 1st Team All-ACC recognition in 1996, 1997, and 1998,
becoming one of only three players in school history to be named 1st Team All-ACC
three times. Poindexter was a team captain in 1997 and 1998, and was voted the
1998 ACC Defensive Player of the Year. He still holds the UVa record for most career
fumble recoveries (seven) and most interceptions in a game (three). He ranks 7th
on UVa's all-time interception list with 12, and 10th on the all-time tackle list with 342
(tops among defensive backs). Poindexter's jersey was retired by Virginia in 2009.
A two-time team captain (1989 and 1990), Shawn Moore finished his career as
UVa's all-time leader in passing and total offense and set over 30 combined NCAA,
ACC, and school records in the process. During his junior season in 1989, Moore
was named 1st Team All-ACC and led the Hoos to their first ever ACC championship
and New Year's Day Bowl appearance (the 1990 Citrus Bowl). As a senior, Moore
earned 1st Team All-American recognition and was named ACC Player of the Year.
He became the first ACC quarterback to lead the nation in passing efficiency (160.7),
completing 144 of 241 passes for 2,262 yards and 21 touchdowns. Moore led the
Hoos to the #1 ranking for three consecutive weeks, and a berth in the 1991 Sugar
Bowl. He finished fourth in balloting for the 1990 Heisman Trophy, capturing more
votes than any other player in ACC history at the time. Moore is still ranked 1st on
Virginia's all-time list in total offense (7,897 yards) and run-pass touchdowns (83),
and he ranks 2nd all-time in passing yards and touchdown passes. Moore is one of
only six former Hoos to have his jersey number (12) retired.