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Rich Bedesem
Rich Bedesem

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Holland, Pa.

High School:
Council Rock H.S.

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 234

Position:
LB

Experience:
3L



AT VIRGINIA: 2003--Appeared in nine games at inside linebacker, making five starts ... intelligent player with a nose for the ball ... started the first four games alongside Ahmad Brooks before missing the North Carolina game due to an injury ... gave way to Kai Parham that game and saw his playing time decrease afterward... missed three of the final six games ... started against N.C. State and saw reserve action vs. Georgia Tech and Pittsburgh ... averaged 3.8 tackles per game ... 34 tackles, including 20 solos ...recorded 23 tackles (5.8/g) in the first four games, but made just 11 after that (2.2/g) ... opened the season with five tackles in a shutout of Duke ... season-high seven stops, including five solos, against South Carolina ... tied for the team lead with six tackles at Western Michigan ... in on five tackles vs. Wake Forest ... six tackles in a reserve role against Florida State ... two tackles vs. N.C. State ... three tackles in win over Georgia Tech ... lettered for the second time.

2002--Moved into the starting lineup late in the season and made an impact ... the defense played better with him in the starting lineup ... UVa allowed an average of 187.5 yards rushing and 183.0 yards passing with him in the starting lineup compared to 217.4 rushing and 228.8 passing when he didn't start ...played in every game, including starting the last four ... made four tackles against both Colorado State and South Carolina early in the season ... saw reserve action in wins over Akron, Wake Forest and Duke ... replaced an injured Angelo Crowell early against Clemson and had his best performance to that point ... made a then career-high nine tackles, including seven solo stops, as the Cavaliers gained an important conference win ... intercepted a deflected pass in the fourth quarter deep in Clemson territory to set up a touchdown that proved to be the winning score ... had four tackles the next week vs. North Carolina, including the first sack of his career ... also broke up a pass in that game ... made a career-high 13 tackles, including two for loss, to lead the team in a win over #22 N.C. State ... eight of his tackles were solos ... had six tackles against both Virginia Tech and West Virginia in the Continental Tire Bowl ... earned his second letter.

2001--Saw action in opener with Wisconsin ... made five stops against the Badgers, including three unassisted tackles ... injured his knee in the week following the game and missed the remainder of the season.

2000--Played in 10 regular season games (all but Duke) and against Georgia in the O'ahu Bowl ... gained valuable experience playing and practicing with the team's experienced corps of linebackers ... one of eight true freshmen to see time during the season ... one of three Cavaliers to letter as a true freshman (along with Raymond Mann and Art Thomas) ... backed up Yubrenal Isabelle in the middle ... also played on various special teams ... had an incredible tackling ratio with 29 in just 109 plays ... that's one tackle every 3.8 plays ... had four tackles against Richmond in his first action from scrimmage ... made five stops, three of them unassisted, vs. Wake Forest ... posted a career-high seven tackles, including three solo stops, against defending national champion Florida State ... had four tackles against North Carolina and five vs. N.C. State ... had one tackle for a loss against Georgia in the O'ahu Bowl ... lettered.

HIGH SCHOOL: Earned three letters at Council Rock High School ... played linebacker and receiver for head coach Mike Ortman ... named All-State ... named All-County and All-Conference ... selected to Big 33 squad ... listed as the 18th best prospect in Pennsylvania by SuperPrep ... as a receiver, caught 39 passes with 10 touchdowns his senior year ... as a linebacker, recorded 115 tackles as a senior, including 80 solo stops ... also had three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown ... for his prep career, recorded 345 tackles (225 unassisted), seven interceptions and 17 caused fumbles ... also scored four career touchdowns on defense ... earned two letters in basketball.

PERSONAL: Richard William Bedesem III ... born 10-29-81 in Charlottesville, Va. ... son of Richard, Jr., and Robin Bedesem ... is the oldest of five children ... siblings include Brian (20); Kiersten (17); Caroline (13) and Caitlin (6) ... Honor Roll student at Council Rock High School ... father played quarterback at Temple and Villanova, and later served as UVa's offensive backfield coach in 1981 under former head coach Dick Bestwick ... his grandfather, Dick Bedesem, coached football at Villanova ... interested in pursuing a football coaching career ... majoring in psychology.

Bedesem Defensively

Year G Plys S A Tot. TFL QBS FR FC PBU Int QBH BlK
2000 10 109 13 16 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001 1 50 3 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 14 452 34 24 58 4-14 1-10 0 1 1 1 4 0
2003 9 255 20 14 34 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Career 34 866 70 56 126 4-14 1-10 0 1 2 1 4 0