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Resurgent Cavaliers visit stumbling Terrapins

 Virginia hopes Mikell Simpson (5) can suit up to face the Terps today. If not, the Cavs will turn to Rashawn Jackson.
Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer
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Date published: 10/17/2009


It allowed North Carolina and Indiana to score a combined 10 points. It has risen to No. 25 in the nation in total defense (295.8 yards per game). The Cavaliers' offense (536 yards against Indiana) has also greatly improved the past three games.

That could mean trouble for Maryland, which ranks 102nd in the nation in total defense (406.3 yards allowed per game).

Maryland also ranks 117th in turnover margin (-1.67) and 114th in points allowed (36.0).

When Groh was asked about Maryland, he mentioned only wide receiver/kick returner Torrey Smith, a Stafford High grad, and quarterback Chris Turner.

"He's really one of the exciting, dynamic players in the [ACC]," Groh said of Smith. "He runs reverses. He's caught the ball. He's returned kicks. He does a variety of things. He's not just a receiver, but he's got good elusiveness, good vertical speed."


Maryland guard Bruce Campbell (leg) and linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield (hand) are questionable for today's game.

Simpson (neck) is doubtful for Virginia. Redshirt freshman wide receiver Javaris Brown (ankle) won't play.

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VIRGINIA (2-3) at MARYLAND (2-4) WHEN: Today, 4 p.m. WHERE: Byrd Stadium, College Park, Md. TV: ESPNU RADIO: WRGQ-FM 95.9, WJFK-FM 106.7