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11/21/17 - Nov 21 Stock Report: Who helped themselves? Kurt Benkert, QB, Virginia, rSR. (6-3, 225, 4.92, #6)...Virginia couldn't finish the upset of Miami on Saturday, but that doesn't take away from the productive afternoon from Benkert, who has put together an impressive senior season. The East Carolina transfer finished 28-for-37 for 384 yards, with four touchdowns and one interception. Benkert showed off a NFL-caliber arm, toughness in the pocket and the athleticism to scramble and deliver from different platforms. He was consistently accurate and performed with the toughness, both physical and mental, that NFL scouts covet.
It was a much-needed performance for Benkert who started the season strong, but failed to reach 53-percent completions in any of the four games (three losses) leading up to Saturday. Benkert hasn't received an invitation to the 2018 Senior Bowl, but he is in contention for one of the final quarterback spots. Despite the loss, his performance against the Hurricanes' defense won't go unnoticed by scouts and the Senior Bowl. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
11/04/17 - Virginia became bowl eligible for the first time in six years, scoring late for a thrilling 40-36 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va. The teams combined for 49 second-half points as Virginia (6-3, 3-2 ACC) overcame a 15-point second half deficit. Georgia Tech (4-4, 3-3) scored two touchdowns in the first 35 seconds of the second half but couldn't hold its lead as the Cavaliers roared back for 27 points in the final two quarters. But after 20 consecutive points from Virginia, the Yellow Jackets regained the lead at 36-33 on a 33-yard pass to wide receiver Ricky Jeune with 3:10 to play in the game. Virginia answered with a 64-yard drive, capped by a 27-yard pass from Kurt Benkert to receiver Andre Levrone with 1:22 to go. Georgia Tech drove to the Virginia 32 on its final drive, but turned the ball over on downs with 15 seconds remaining after an incomplete pass on fourth-and-15. Virginia totaled 357 yards, with 260 of those coming through the air. Benkert completed 21 of 43 passes for 260 yards and three touchdowns. Two of those touchdowns went to Levrone, who had three catches for 67 yards. - The Sports Xchange
10/14/17 - Virginia quarterback Kurt Benkert threw two touchdown passes and his team's defense had a big game in a 20-14 victory against North Carolina on Saturday in Chapel Hill, N.C. Virginia (5-1, 2-0 ACC) continued its best start to a season since 2007 while snapping a seven-game losing streak in the series. The Cavaliers had a possession of more than eight minutes in the fourth quarter, but that drive ended with a fumble by Benkert. A 13-yard return by Cayson Collins gave North Carolina the ball at its 40-yard line with 2:56 remaining. The Tar Heels (1-6, 0-4) reached the Virginia 37 before a fourth-down sack with 1:07 sealed the outcome. Benkert completed 19 of 31 passes for 249 yards. Virginia junior Jordan Ellis posted his first career 100-yard rushing game by racking up 136 yards on 27 carries. Quarterback Brandon Harris, playing the entire game in place of ill starter Chazz Surratt, was 7-for-18 for 46 yards for the Tar Heels, who lost their fourth game in a row. - The Sports Xchange
10/07/17 - Virginia stopped a late Duke drive to hang on for its third consecutive victory, a 28-21 decision Saturday afternoon at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Va. The Blue Devils (4-2, 1-2 ACC) managed just 255 yards of offense as quarterback Daniel Jones completed 14 of 42 passes and was picked off twice.
The Cavaliers' defense held late, sacking Jones for a 10-yard loss after Duke reached the Virginia 30. Jones threw incomplete on fourth-and-16 with 1:08 left, and Virginia ran out the clock as the Blue Devils were out of timeouts. Virginia (4-1, 1-0) went ahead 28-14 midway through the fourth quarter as quarterback Kurt Benkert connected with wide receiver Doni Dowling on a 17-yard touchdown. Dowling recorded two touchdowns as Benkert overcame a slow start to finish 24 of 43 for 182 yards and three touchdowns. Duke pulled within 28-21 with on a 4-yard run by Quentin Harris with 6:14 to go.
Virginia tallied 310 yards of offense and held the ball for more than 35 minutes. Running back Jordan Ellis ran for a career-high 96 yards on 25 carries. After the teams combined for 83 yards and four interceptions in the first quarter -- with each team scoring off an interception return -- they settled in and found a groove on offense in the second quarter. Jones, who started the game by completing only one of his first 13 attempts, found Davis Koppenhaver on a 7-yard touchdown pass to give the Blue Devils a 14-7 lead midway through the second quarter. Virginia managed only 86 yards in the first half but answered Duke's touchdown with a score of its own as Benkert connected with Olamide Zaccheaus for an 11-yard touchdown to tie the game 14 heading into halftime. - The Sports Xchange
09/25/17 - SEPT 25 ACC OFFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Kurt Benkert, Virginia, Sr., QB, 6-4, 220, Cape Coral, Fla.,...Benkert completed 19-of-29 passes for 273 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Cavaliers' 42-23 win Friday night at Boise State. UVA became the first non-conference opponent to defeat the Broncos on the blue turf in 17 years. Benkert had scoring strikes of 30, 27 and 64 yards during the game. - ACC Football