UVA Football Notes: Carter returning for senior season
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- In a season with a flurry of names entering the transfer portal or declaring for the NFL Draft, one key defender will return to Virginia next season.
Defensive tackle Jahmeer Carter will return to UVA for his senior season, his dad Ferron Carter announced on social media Friday, rather than entering his name in the NFL Draft pool.
Carter has started 20 games on the defensive line for the Cavaliers over the last two seasons, including all ten games this past season. As a junior, Carter finished with 29 tackles and one fumble recovery, while anchoring the interior of John Rudzinski's defense.
With the NCAA granting an extra year for Virginia seniors who saw their eligibility expire, the defensive line could get further reinforcements with players like Kam Butler, Jack Camper and Devontae Davis given a decision to make about an additional season at UVA.
Oluwatimi cleans house at College Football Awards
Former UVA and current Michigan center Olu Oluwatimi cleaned up at the annual College Football Awards on Thursday night. Oluwatimi won both the Rimington Trophy, given to the nation's most outstanding center, and becoming the first Wolverine ever to win the Outland Trophy, given to the nation's best interior lineman.
Oluwatimi was supported on the broadcast by his family and former Virginia teammates Nick Jackson and Nathaniel Beal via a web cam. The Michigan center was also named a first team Walter Camp and FWAA All-American.
After becoming the first Rimington Trophy finalist in UVA program history and earning second team All-American honors, Oluwatimi transferred to Michigan in the offseason and has become one of the most impactful transfers in the country. The grad transfer has not allowed a sack all season in helping the Wolverines win the Big Ten title and earn a spot in the College Football Playoff.
Anae leaves for NC State, while Beck earns promotion at Syracuse
Former Virginia offensive coordinator Robert Anae is on the move again. After one season at Syracuse, Anae has taken the offensive coordinator job at NC State, according to ESPN, replacing new Coastal Carolina coach Tim Beck.
Anae worked at UVA for six seasons, helping the Cavaliers rank No. 3 in the country for total offense in his final season. Last offseason after Bronco Mendenhall stepped down, Anae left for Syracuse where he helped the Orange go from the worst passing team in the ACC to No. 8.
The Syracuse offense will still have a familiar name for UVA fans leading the way, as the Orange announced they will promote former Virginia quarterbacks coach Jason Beck to offensive coordinator.
Beck was instrumental in developing Virginia record-setting quarterbacks Kurt Benkert, Bryce Perkins and Brennan Armstrong during his time with the Cavaliers.