Ten days to kickoff and Virginia nearly has all of its position battles wrapped up.
Placekicker was a spot still up for grabs as of last week, but special teams coach Larry Lewis told reporters Wednesday that sophomore Ian Frye has emerged as the No. 1.
“Right now, at this point, Ian Frye really is kind of leading the pack," Lewis said during a morning teleconference. "We’re still working with the other three young men. We’re bringing them along. ... Really throughout the last two and a half weeks, [Frye] has kind of stepped his game up and is starting to separate. Right now, I’m kind of leaning in that direction.
"There’s still some things that I want to see him get done before we get finally into that, but right now he’s kind of leading the pack.”
Frye's competitors include R.C. Willenbrock, Dylan Sims and Willem Van Reesema. Frye is the only Cavalier with UVa experience on the roster. The 6-foot-6, 195-pounder made three of five field goals last season and registered 22 touchbacks on 48 kickoffs.
As for the rest of the special teams, returnee Alec Vozenilek has firmly become the No. 1 punter. "I’m trying to bring those other guys along right now to make sure that we have a guy, in case something happens to Voz, to step in and do the job," Lewis said.
Lewis didn't give specifics to who exactly would return kicks and punts against BYU, but did say he'd pick from a four-man group that includes Dominique Terrell, Darius Jennings, Khalek Shepherd and Taquan "Smoke" Mizzell.