Virginia prepares for road game at Florida State

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Three regular-season games remain for the Cavaliers, and Bronco Mendenhall said he considered this the third chapter of the season. After visiting FSU, Virginia will play Boston College (5-4, 4-4) on Dec. 5 and then close against Virginia Tech (4-5, 4-4) in Blacksburg on Dec. 12.

Since returning to Grounds in early July, the Hoos have been following strict protocols to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.

“Our team remains resilient, optimistic, positive, hard-working,” Mendenhall said. “Most of our issues in terms of depth and roster now are not COVID-related, but injury-related, which is coming through just the wear and tear of a long season and probably the most difficult schedule that I’ve ever taken on as the head coach … I’m just grateful. I’m lucky to be the coach of UVA and really thankful for this particular team and all they’ve done to get us to this point.”

Unlike many teams around the country, Virginia has avoided significant personnel losses because of problems related to COVID-19.

“We just are not having an issue with positive results so far,” Mendenhall said. “One of the leaders of the company that does the testing basically made a comment this past week that ‘Whatever you’re doing, just keep doing it, because we just are not seeing that anywhere else in terms of the numbers.’ ”

Grant said: “We know week in and week out, we’re not going to be the reason that any games are canceled. It’s going to come down to us just being disciplined, even throughout the rest of the season, when flu season comes.

“I feel safe, and there’s a mindset of safety that surrounds our program, and that allows players to play harder and just focus on just football.”

Thanksgiving is Thursday, and, because of the pandemic, players won’t be getting together with family members, at home or in Charlottesville, as they have in years past.

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