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Golfers seize second place in tournament

The Virginia men's golf team was in the lead through 36 holes of play at the Coca-Cola Tennessee Tournament of Champions, but Louisiana State grabbed the lead in yesterday's final round, relegating the Cavs to second.

The Cavaliers shot an eight-under par 856, while the Tigers won with a 13-under 851.

Cav senior Cameron Yancey led the field in individual competition before yesterday's round, but he finished in sixth with a four-under 212. Senior Mike Mitchell tied for 11th place and junior Steve Marino and sophomore Justin Goodhue tied for 15th.

How Thweatt it is

Two Virginia football players received recognition from the ACC as players of the week at their positions for their performance in Saturday's 26-10 win at Duke.

Senior outside linebacker Byron Thweatt was recognized as conference Defensive Back of the Week. His outstanding game against Duke included 15 tackles, as he and the Cavs surrendered only 331 yards of total offense.

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    Also receiving honors was Virginia sophomore wide receiver Billy McMullen, ACC Offensive Back of the Week. McMullen had eight receptions for 189 yards and two touchdowns Saturday.

    The other four ACC award recipients represented four different schools: Florida State center Jared Moon, Georgia Tech defensive end Greg Gathers, Duke punter Brian Morton and N.C. State rookie quarterback Philip Rivers.


    In addition to McMullen and Thweatt's ACC awards, several Cavs rank among the national statistic leaders.

    Quarterback Dan Ellis is currently fifth in passing efficiency with a 170.1 quarterback rating. Ellis, who has accumulated 49 rushing yards and 849 passing yards, also ranks eighth in total offense with an average of 299.3 yards per game.

    McMullen is tied for 14th place with 96.0 receiving yards per game. After Saturday's tremendous performance, he has 15 catches for 288 yards and two touchdowns.

    Mike Abrams ranks 13th in the nation in punting - third in the ACC - with an average of 44.7 yards per punt. Abrams has punted 13 times for a combined 581 yards.

    Picking up where his brother left off, Julius Jones, brother of former Virginia star Thomas Jones, now leads the nation in kickoff returns. The younger Jones, a tailback at Notre Dame, has made four returns for an average of 46.0 yards, including one he ran back for a touchdown against No. 1 Nebraska.


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