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Virginia OT Oday Aboushi Will Impress at NFL Combine

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Virginia only has one player participating in the NFL combine, but he’s a big one as offensive tackle Oday Aboushi has a chance to crack the first round and make a whole lot of money at his biggest job interview of his life.

A two-year starter for the Cavaliers, Aboushi is a better run blocker than he is against the pass, but is above-average at both. He won’t be confused for a road-grading tackle like D.J. Fluker and needs to hit the weight room to add strength and weight, but at 6-6 and 310-pounds has the frame to add the necessary bulk and already plays with a nasty disposition as evidenced by the heavy punch he delivers to defensive lineman.

Because of his physical nature and aggression, I think he ends up on the strong side and starts his career at right tackle, but with more seasoning could be moved to the blind side because he has adequate lateral agility and will surprise you with his athleticism. Aboushi shows a good knack for the game and his field awareness is one of his strengths, so he should be able to handle picking up complex NFL stunts and blitzes.

For those that haven’t seen what Aboushi did during his career at Virginia, he had a bit of a coming out party at the Senior Bowl when he looked like one of the best tackles at the game when he consistently dominated projected first-round Ezekial Ansah of BYU among others during the week in Mobile.

If Aboushi can impress during the interviews, show off his athleticism during the agility drills, put up 225-pounds during the bench press 30 times and run a 40-yard dash around the 5.10 mark, then Aboushi should crack the bottom of the first round and the Indianapolis Colts picking at No. 24 could use him to protect franchise quarterback Andrew Luck.

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There's No Longer Any Reason To Believe In UVA

Two weeks ago, the Virginia Cavaliers stood at 4-2, 2-0 in the ACC. Given how bad the rest of the Coastal Division seemed to be, there was optimism that UVA would at least finish above .500 on the season, perhaps make a bowl game, and if everything broke right, stay in contention for the Coastal Division title and a berth in the ACC Championship Game.

However, a 20-13 loss at Duke last week slowed that momentum, and Saturday’s 28-27 home loss to North Carolina not only ended any optimism, but it squarely turns the heat back up on head coach Mike London and his coaching staff.

Virginia wasn’t drastically outplayed today, and actually led the game 24-21 at halftime; however, as was the case for much of the second half — and several times over the last few years — a simple mistake cost the Cavaliers big time. With 1:17 to play and exiting a timeout, North Carolina lined up for a field goal that would have made it 31-27, leaving UVA at least a chance to win.

Instead, Virginia came out of the break with 12 men on the field. Carolina got a first down on the penalty and subsequently ran out the clock.

Such mistakes are the type you see when teams are led by rookie coaches, and while London is young, he isn’t a rookie. As fans streamed out of Scott Stadium in the final minute, with Virginia resigned to the type of befuddling loss that the Cavaliers seem to suffer at least twice a season, it became clear that this isn’t going to change.

The 8-5 season in 2011 was a mirage. Other than that, London is now 14-30 in Charlottesville. Despite his well-earned reputation as a top recruiter, he and his coaching staff either don’t use their talent properly, or don’t manage the fine points of the game that can cause a team to win or lose.

The penalty for too many men on the game’s most crucial play proves that the more things change, the more things they stay the same in Charlottesville. And with games left against Georgia Tech, Florida State, Miami and Virginia Tech, finding a reason to believe is going to be difficult for Virginia fans moving forward — if they pay attention at all.

Ed Morgans is an ACC Basketball Writer for Follow him on Twitter @writered21 and add him to your network on Google.

Virginia football's failings can no longer be hidden after home loss to UNC.

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