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Cavalier Finished 8th on UVa Career Passing List
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2012- Nominee for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team ... named ACC Offensive Back of the Week for his Nov. 10 game against Miami.
2012- Started eight of the 11 games he played it ... earned second letter ... finished the season ranked No. 8 all-time at UVa in career passing (4,731) and No. 7 in all-time TD passes (27) ... finished seaon with a career completion percentage of .603 - which ranks No. 3 all-time at UVa ... also finished the season No. 8 all-time at UVa in total offense (4,829) ... finished season No. 3 all-time at UVa in career 300-yard passing games (4) ... posted his third career 300-yard passing game with 311 on 25-of-37 passing and a TD against Richmond ... went 6-of-6 for 97 yards and a TD on the game-winning drive against Penn State ... threw for 278 yards and two TDs vs. La Tech ... came off bench to throw for 83 yards and TD at NC State ... started vs. Miami and had a career-high 4 TD passes and set UVa record with 18 consecutive completions ... started the North Carolina and Virginia Tech game to finish the season ... the Penn State and Miami games were the third and fourth games of his career that heengineered a fourth quarter game-winning drive in the closing minutes. 2011- One of 13 Cavaliers to have started all 13 games ... at the age of 19 became the youngest UVa QB to win his first two career starts in program history ... with 2,671 passing yards he ranks No. 1 at UVa among starting QBs in their first season ... season total ranks No. 4 all-time for a season at UVa ... passed for 174 yards in first career start, serving as the seventh-most in program history by a UVA QB making his first career start ... passed for a career-high 307 yards with 2 TDs at Maryland ... fourth 200-yard game and first-career 300-yard game (307) at Maryland ... MD game also represented back-to-back 200-yard performance (226 in Week 8 at Miami) ... tossed No. 13 all-time at UVa with six career games with 200 or more yards passing ... led two 4th quarter comebacks for a win, both of which were on the road (Indiana & Florida State) ... was the starting QB as UVa became the first college program to ever win road games at Miami and Florida State in the same season ... tossed for 312 yards against Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Bowl ... the Chick-fil-A Bowl performance ranks No. 2 in the UVa annals for a bowl game and is only the second time a UVa signal caller surpassed 300 yards passing in a bowl ... the 26 completions against Auburn is a Virginia bowl record. 2010 - Appeared in six of Virginia's 12 games ... went 4-of-6 with a touchdown for 64 yards in his collegiate debut against VMI ... teamed up with Marc Verica and Ross Metheny against VMI to become the first UVa quarterback trio in the post-World War II era to toss touchdowns all in the same game ... his TD strike coupled with Metheny's against VMI served as the first time in program history two freshman threw scoring strikes in the same game ... went a perfect 3-of-3 for 12 yards in the second quarter at Boston College ... completed at least one pass in every appearance (VMI, North Carolina, Eastern Michigan, Maryland, Boston College and Virginia Tech) ... first option off the bench in four games (Eastern Michigan, Maryland, Boston College and Virginia Tech).
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL
2009 Private Schools All-State second-team defensive back ... 2009 Private Schools All-State honorable mention quarterback ... 2009 Lynchburg News & Advance All-Area second-team defensive back ... 2009 Lynchburg News & Advance All-Arena honorable mention quarterback ... ranked No. 109 quarterback in the nation by Scout.com ... ranked No. 109 quarterback in the nation by ESPN.com ... a four-year starter at Liberty Christian ... passed for 2,066 yards, 24 touchdowns and rushed for seven scores as a junior in 2008 ... suffered a broken left arm and dislocated left wrist before the start of his senior season ... returned for LCA's final five regular season games and led the Bulldogs to the 2009 VIS state championship game, passing for 235 yards and three touchdowns, losing to another UVa quarterback signee, Jake McGee of Collegiate ... uncle Danny Rocco is a former UVa assistant and new head football coach at Richmond after spending six seasons at Liberty (2006-11) ... father Frank Rocco, Jr., is a former quarterback at Penn State and a member of the Nittany Lions' 1982 National Championship team ... grandfather Frank Rocco, Sr., served as an assistant coach at Penn State under legendary Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno ... played forward on the LCA basketball team ... played for his father, Frank Rocco, at Liberty Christian ... son of Leslie and Frank Rocco ... brother Chris Rocco was an All-Big South Conference safety at Liberty ... sister Jennifer is currently a teacher in Charlottesville at Monticello High School ... last name is pronounced Rock-o.
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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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