The Virginia Cavaliers (6-2, 4-2) are now bowl-eligible, after their 48-40 victory over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The Hoos’ offense was once again electric, compiling 636 total yards. Of the total yardage, 396 was through the air, which allowed for wide receiver Dontayvion Wicks to have yet another productive day.
Wicks has been named to his second consecutive ACC Players of the Week, but this time, the sophomore is the lone receiver, after being named Co-Receiver with North Carolina’s Josh Downs for Week 7. Wicks would finish the game against the Yellow Jackets with six receptions for 168 yards and two scores. He would do most of his damage in the second quarter. Wicks leaped into the air to high point the ball in the endzone for a 13-yard touchdown. Later, he would expose the defense’s soft coverage on a short catch and break the initial tackle, and race past the other defenders for a 77-yard score. In this quarter alone, Wicks had four receptions, 132 yards, and his two touchdowns.
With his performance, Wicks jumped up to sixth in the country in receiving yards (847) and surpassed Downs as the leading receiver in the ACC. His eight receiving touchdowns place him in a tie for fifth in the nation. After missing all of the 2020 season with a season-ending injury in the preseason, Wicks continues to be the deep threat for this prolific passing attack. He has posted 100+ yards in four games this season and has scored in six. Wicks and the Hoos will look for their fifth straight win, as they will travel to Provo, Utah to take on #25 Brigham Young Cougars on October 30th at 10:15 P.M. at LaVell Edwards Stadium.