WORTH NOTING: Competing for a starting position at wide receiver following the departure of Kevin Coffey ... one of two returning lettermen from last year?s wide receiving corps ... joins Billy McMullen as one of two returning UVa players who had at least one touchdown catch in 2000 ... one of the team?s fastest players ... has led team in kickoff return yardage each of the last two seasons ... ranked seventh in the ACC in 2000 with a kickoff return average of 21.6 yards ... has scored twice on reverse plays during his UVa career ... has played in 24 consecutive games over the past two seasons, including two bowl games ... two-year letter winner.
AT VIRGINIA: 2000?Played in all 11 regular season games and the Jeep O?ahu Bowl ... was a valuable contributor as a kickoff return specialist and a reserve wide receiver ... started against North Carolina when UVa started with three wide receivers ... averaged a team-leading 21.6 yards on 16 kickoff returns ... led the team with 346 kickoff return yards ... ranked seventh in the ACC in kickoff returns ... caught eight passes for 124 yards, including one touchdown reception ... carried the ball five times for 60 yards and a touchdown ... was third on the team in all-purpose yardage with 530 total yards (48.2 yards per game) ... had one reception for 15 yards against Richmond for his first reception of the season ... did not catch a pass against Duke, but had a 21-yard kickoff return ... had a breakout game against Clemson when he led the team with 100 all-purpose yards ... had three kickoff returns for 77 yards, including a career-best 45-yard return ... also had a 19-yard reception and rushed once for four yards ... returned two kickoffs for 53 yards against Wake Forest ... caught his lone touchdown pass of the year in a 31-23 win over Maryland ... scored on a 36-yard pass play from Dan Ellis for his only reception of the game ... also had two kickoff returns for 30 yards against the Terrapins ... had a season-high two receptions for 20 yards against Florida State ... also returned two kickoffs for 55 yards in that game, including a 38-yard return in the first quarter ... scored an important touchdown on a 22-yard end around in Virginia?s 17-6 win over North Carolina ... his score gave the Cavaliers a 14-6 lead late in the third quarter ... tied his season high with two receptions (totaling 18 yards) and returned a kickoff 22 yards against Georgia Tech ... returned four kickoffs for 59 yards in the regular season finale against Virginia Tech ... caught a 78-yard pass from Bryson Spinner to help set up a touchdown against Georgia in the Jeep O?ahu Bowl ... also had four kick returns for 31 yards ... lettered for the second time. 1999?Played in all 11 regular season games and in the Micronpc.com Bowl ... saw action as a reserve wide receiver and kick returner ... made the first start of his career against Buffalo ? led the team with 176 kickoff return yards ? caught 12 passes for 131 yards and one score, while rushing three times for 47 more yards and a touchdown ? returned a kickoff 32 yards in the opener against North Carolina, his longest return of the season ? had two receptions against Clemson for 14 yards for the first catches of his career ? scored his first touchdown on a 31-yard reverse against Wake Forest ? that run was Virginia?s longest from scrimmage by a player other than Thomas Jones ? also added two receptions vs. the Demon Deacons ? had two receptions vs. Georgia Tech for 13 yards ? established career highs with three catches for 69 yards and a touchdown in the win over Maryland ? walked a tightrope down the sideline to complete a 50-yard scoring play in the first quarter ? that scored proved vital as the Cavaliers managed a come-from-behind 34-30 win ? had two receptions for first downs on the game-winning drive to help guide UVa down the field ... carried the ball one time for 15 yards against Illinois in the Micronpc.com Bowl. 1998?Red-shirted ? did not see any game action ? was the scout team quarterback as an option quarterback ? played Georgia Tech?s Joe Hamilton among others that season ? in uniform against Maryland, Duke and San Jose State.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned four letters at Woodlawn High School ... two-year starter at tailback ... also played defensive back and quarterback, and returned punts and kickoffs ... played for head coach Brian Scrivens his sophomore, junior and senior seasons ... earned All-State, All-Metro, All-County and All-City honors ... chosen team?s Most Valuable Player three times ... inducted into the Woodlawn High School Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame ... honored in Gridiron Greats ... participated in the Chesapeake Classic football game and the Mason Dixon Shriner?s Football All-Star Game ... three-year team captain ... rushed for 3,300 yards and 46 touchdowns during his career ... totaled 485 career yards receiving and 340 yards passing ... as a senior, he rushed for 1,535 yards and 29 touchdowns ... passed for 110 yards and had 280 yards receiving ... started at cornerback on defense, posting 58 tackles, including four quarterback sacks ... highlights include rushing for 208 yards and scoring three touchdowns on eight carries in one game in 1997 ... finished his junior season with 1,235 yards and 12 touchdowns rushing, and 205 yards receiving ... on defense, he was in on 45 tackles, including two quarterback sacks, recovered five fumbles and made one interception ... as a sophomore, he played quarterback and free safety ... rushed for 530 yards and five touchdowns and passed for 230 yards that season ... scored on a 99-yard touchdown run ... on defense, he was in on 30 tackles and made two interceptions ... also lettered in track, earning All-County honors ... finished third in the state in 100-meter dash ... county and region champion in the 100-meter dash.
PERSONAL: Tavon Eugene Mason ... born 4-16-80 in Baltimore, Md. ... son of John Mason and Ann Spears ... has one brother, Jermon (24) ... Honor Roll student and named to Principal?s Academic List at Woodlawn High School ... selected to Who?s Who Among American High School Students ... has worked as a summer camp counselor ... anthropology major.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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