Cavalier Football Program Gets Strength From Its History

After a tough trip to Atlanta, the U.Va. football team is going back to its roots this week.

On Tuesday, the athletic department announced that former Cavalier standout (and current NFL star) Chris Long had pledged $300,000 toward the new indoor practice facility rising behind University Hall. The facility will be named in honor of former head coach George Welsh, the department announced Friday.

Later that day, the team announced that it would use the occasion of its Sept. 28 home game against Louisiana Tech to honor former Cavalier standout and 29-year radio analyst Frank Quayle. The team will wear “throw-back” uniforms in the style that Quayle wore back in 1968, when he was the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, and the helmets will bear a decal honoring him. There will also be on-field recognitions featuring Quayle and his 1968 teammates.

Here’s hoping the invoking the glories of years past will be a boon to the current Cavs as they head off to Fort Worth this weekend for a game against Texas Christian University.

Throwback jerseys, modeled, and Frank Quayle

Current Cavaliers LaRoy Reynolds (9) and Oday Aboushi (72) show off throwback uniforms, modeled on the one worn by Frank Quayle in 1968 (right).


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