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TWO MOORES TOO MANY FOR MOST

August 30, 1990

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One Moore is a handful. Two Moores is a load. Virginia opponents sure wish they'd seen less of the Moores last season, but they'll be seeing plenty more of the Moores this fall.

Senior quarterback Shawn Moore is a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate.

"He's exceptional," Kansas coach Glen Mason said. "He's an outstanding athlete."

Junior wide receiver Herman Moore is regarded by many as the best pro prospect at his position in the country.

"I'd compare him to Hart Lee Dykes," Mason said. "He's that kind of guy."

THE MOORES aren't brothers and they aren't cousins. They grew up 30 miles apart in the southern Virginia cities of Danville (Shawn) and Martinsville (Herman), but they aren't related.

Shawn Moore is the only quarterback in the country who passed for more than 2,000 yards and ran for more than 500 last season.

"If we were a pro passing team, Shawn Moore would be our starting quarterback," Virginia coach George Welsh said. "And if we were a wishbone team, he would still be our starter."

The 6-2, 210-pounder threw 18 touchdown passes and was intercepted just seven times while ranking third nationally in passing efficiency. He also ran for nine TDs during the Cavaliers' 10-3 season.

Herman Moore made 36 catches last season, including 10 for touchdowns. All but two of Moore's receptions went for either a TD or a first down.

"When you see him on film, you don't need to see his number," Mason said. "You know who he is."

SO ATHLETIC is Herman Moore that he's also a three-time Atlantic Coast Conference high jump champion. The 6-5, 197-pounder's best competitive jump is 7-2 .

He wasn't the team's leading receiver last year, however. That distinction belongs to All-ACC tight end Bruce McGonnigal, a 6-5, 222-pound senior who had 42 catches in '89.

Virginia did lose its leading ball carrier in tailback Marcus Wilson who gained 1,098 yards. But the Cavs have junior Nikki Foster and soph Terry Kirby waiting in the wings.

NOTES

Nose guard Ron Carey, one of the Cavs' top defenders, will miss the KU game with a knee injury. . .

Virginia is loaded with sons of famous fathers, like linebacker Yusef Jackson (Rev. Jesse), wide receiver Derek Dooley (Georgia AD Vince), defensive end Rickie Peete (golfer Calvin), defensive back Scott Griese (former NFL quarterback Bob) and center Bill Curry (Kentucky coach Bill). . .

Jay Paterno, son of Penn State coach Joe Paterno, is a graduate assistant on the Virginia staff. . .

Place-kicker Jake McInerney converted 16 of 20 field goal attempts last season, including 14 in a row during one stretch. . .

Eight Cavaliers, including Shawn Moore and McInerney, already have earned undergraduate degrees and are competing as graduate students. . .

UVa has sold over 20,100 season tickets, a school record by more than 3,000. . .

Virginia's only losses last season were to Notre Dame (36-13) in the Kickoff Classic, to Clemson (34-20) on the road and to Illinois (31-21) in the Florida Citrus Bowl. . .

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