Seven Virginia defensive players earn all-league honors
WORTH NOTING:All-America candidate ... one of the top linebackers in the country ? also a candidate for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, awarded to the nation?s top defensive player ? joins Billy McMullen as one of Virginia?s 2002 co-captains ... a ?does it all? type of player ... one of only two returning first- or second-team All-ACC linebackers this season ? fourth-leading returning tackler in the nation ? fourth in the ACC in tackling last season with an average of 12.0 tackles per game, the third-highest average in school history ? set a school-record with 144 stops last fall ? tied for the ACC lead with nine games of 10+ tackles ? averaged 14.3 tackles vs. ranked teams ? 16th in school history with 265 career tackles ? needs 52 tackles to move into the top 10 ??has averaged 11.2 tackles per start in his career (16 starts) and reached double figures 12 times.
HONORS: 2001?Second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference ... first-team All-State by the Roanoke Times ... first-team All-State by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association ... co-recipient of the Ned McDonald Award as UVa?s most outstanding defensive player (team award).
AT VIRGINIA: 2001?Team?s leading defensive player ??second-team All-ACC ? iron man who rarely came out of a game ? played almost every play from scrimmage, missing no more than 10 plays the entire season ? also played on several special teams ? started every game and set a school record with 144 tackles ? finished fourth in the ACC in tackling, averaging 12.0 tackles per game ? tied for the ACC lead with nine games of 10+ tackles ? also led the team with 10 tackles for loss and was third with four quarterback sacks ? second in the ACC with four fumbles caused ??also broke up four passes, had two interceptions and was third on the team with nine quarterback hurries ? led the team in tackles on seven occasions ? reached double figures in tackles in the first seven games of the season ? opened the season with an 11-tackle effort vs. Wisconsin in the Eddie Robinson Classic ? was in on 13 tackles against Richmond in the home opener, including two quarterback sacks ? become the first Cavalier linebacker to have two sacks in a game since Wali Rainer in 1998 ? had perhaps his best all-around game in the upset win over Clemson at Death Valley ? led the team with 15 tackles, including 13 solo stops ? also had a sack, four quarterback hurries and an interception to set up UVa?s first touchdown ??11 tackles vs. Duke, including a sack for the third game in a row ? tied his career high at the time with 15 tackles against Maryland ? followed that with 11 stops vs. North Carolina ? made a career-high 18 tackles vs. Florida State ? two of his tackles occurred in the Seminoles? backfield ? saw his string of double-digit efforts end with an eight-tackle effort vs. N.C. State ? caused a fumble and broke up a pass in that game ? led the team with 16 tackles in a big win over Georgia Tech ? made two tackles for loss against the Yellow Jackets ? 12 tackles against Virginia Tech ? made seven tackles in the season-ending win over Penn State ? made several key plays in pass coverage ? broke up one pass and ended the Nittany Lions? final drive by intercepting a pass with just over a minute to play as Virginia ran out the clock and won 20-14 ? lettered for the third time. 2000?Started the first four games of the season at outside linebacker ... played in every other game after that, including the O?ahu Bowl, as the backup to Donny Green ... finished fourth on the team with a career-high 87 tackles, including 52 solo stops ... tied for the team lead with two fumbles caused ... averaged 10.6 tackles in his four starts ... was in on a career-high 13 tackles to tie for team honors in the opener vs. Brigham Young ... had a career-high eight solo tackles against the Cougars and also broke up a pass ... posted 12 tackles in his next start against Richmond the following week ... had 10 tackles, including one for a loss, in his third start against Duke ... matched his career high of eight solo stops in that game ... registered six tackles and caused a fumble in his final start against Clemson ... made seven tackles, caused a fumble and broke up a pass in UVa?s win over Maryland in early October ... had eight tackles in three consecutive games?North Carolina, Georgia Tech and N.C. State ... had two solo tackles against Georgia in the O?ahu Bowl ... earned his second letter. 1999?Saw extensive action as a true freshman ? very athletic from his outside linebacker spot ? played in all 12 games ? started against Maryland in the final regular season game ? also played on several special team units ? third on the team in tackles among freshmen (first among true freshmen) ? finished 10th in tackles among freshmen (true and red-shirt) in the ACC ? 34 tackles (25 solo, nine assists) ? two tackles for loss ? also broke up one pass ? led the team with nine special teams tackles ? saw limited action early in the season, but his playing time increased steadily throughout the season ? made two tackles in limited duty in his first college game against North Carolina in the opener ? four stops vs. Wake Forest and then three vs. Brigham Young ??three tackles, including one for lost yardage, against N.C. State ? five tackles vs. top-ranked Florida State ? career-high six tackles against Maryland in the season finale in the first start of his career ? dropped tailback Lamont Jordan for a three-yard loss on the first play of the game ? six tackles, including one for a loss in the Micronpc.com Bowl vs. Illinois ? was UVa?s second-leading tackler in the bowl game ... lettered.
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letter winner at North Forsyth High School ... played linebacker and tailback for head coach Drew Buie ... named Metro AAAA Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a senior ... three-time All-Conference selection at linebacker ... chosen to Winston-Salem Journal All-Northwest team and Winston-Salem Chronicle Super 25 team his junior and senior years ... named team?s Most Valuable Player each of the last two seasons ... selected to play in the 1998 North Carolina/South Carolina Shrine Bowl and the 1998 East/West All-Star game ... ranked among the top 33 prospects in North Carolina by the Raleigh News & Observer ... rated one of the top 31 linebackers in the ACC area by ACC Area Sports Journal ... considered one of the top 25 players in the state by the Charlotte Observer ... played in only eight games as a senior, due to a sprained ankle, but still registered 76 tackles, including 10 quarterback sacks, caused six fumbles and blocked two kicks ... he also rushed for four touchdowns, averaging 6.4 yards on 21 carries ... finished his junior season with 133 tackles, including three sacks, while causing four fumbles and blocking two kicks ... rushed for six touchdowns as a junior ... as a sophomore, he made 81 tackles, including two sacks ... he also intercepted one pass, caused two fumbles and recovered three fumbles (one for a touchdown) ... defensively for his career, he posted 290 tackles, including 15 sacks, forced 12 fumbles, recovered three fumbles, intercepted a pass and blocked four kicks.
PERSONAL: Angelo Delvonne Crowell ... born 8-16-81 in Forsyth County, N.C. ... son of Napolean and Patricia Crowell ... has five brothers, Napolean III (31), Robert Brown (30), Ronnie (28), Germane (25), and Juwan (16), and one sister, Valerie (29) ... his brother Germane lettered at wide receiver for Virginia from 1995-97 and currently plays for the Detroit Lions in the NFL ... member of youth group at Burning Flame Christian Church ? anthropology major.