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Jersey-retirement ceremony set at Virginia for Schaub and Ferguson

- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 30, 2012

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Former Virginia standouts Matt Schaub and D'Brickashaw Ferguson will have their jerseys retired in a halftime ceremony during Saturday's game against Richmond.

Schaub, quarterback of the Houston Texans, has 22 school records, including career passing yards and touchdown passes.

Ferguson, an offensive lineman for the New York Jets, started a school-record 49 games for the Cavaliers as an offensive lineman.

"He came in here skinny, and coach [Evan] Marcus was trying to get that weight on him," Wahoos coach Mike London said of Ferguson. "You look at him now, and as the guys say, he's a full-grown man.

"He's kind of a model when you look at a Virginia grad. I know Brick is proud of the degree he got at Virginia and the fact that he's doing quite well in the NFL."

London and Schaub did a speaking engagement this year as part of the Virginia Athletics Foundation spring tour.

As to whether the duo would address the team before the game, London said "those guys can talk to the team anytime they want."

Heath Miller's number will be retired this season as well.

The Pittsburgh Steelers tight end will be honored Oct. 13 against Maryland, becoming the 22nd UVa player so honored.

New voice in radio booth

Saturday will mark the debut of Virginia football radio analyst Tony Covington, who replaces 29-year veteran Frank Quayle.

Covington was a cornerback for the Cavaliers from 1987-1990 and was a member of the 1990 team that was ranked No. 1 in the country.

He was invited to speak as part of a "life skills" series London was putting on and was asked if he'd like to audition for the radio job.

Covington got to know London during the Al Groh years, when Covington was a high school coach in Florida.

"I was trying to get [London] to come to Florida to recruit some of the kids," Covington said. "He was a great recruiter when he was at UVa., and when he was up for the job, a lot of us alumni were hoping he'd get it. He's done nothing but prove us right."

Covington lives in Philadelphia, where he directed a local chapter of the Special Olympics. He currently serves as a consultant and motivational speaker.

Don't rule Wynn out yet

Defensive end Courtnye Wynn had an unfortunate end to his first training camp, going down with a knee injury that left him on crutches.

The true freshman from Norfolk Christian School isn't a lock to redshirt, though.

Defensive line coach Jeff Hanson said this week that Wynn's natural ability could get him back on the field.

"When he comes back, if he can catch on and get back to where he was before he was injured, there's a possibility Courtnye may play," Hanson said.

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