CHARLOTTESVILLE —- Alexandria native Dean Muhtadi could start at defensive end for the third straight week, and it might be one of the most exciting games of his career.
The senior, who was placed on scholarship during the offseason, began his career at Division III Christopher Newport. But when he wanted to pursue playing at Division I, he looked at both Maryland and Virginia.
The financial picture dictated Virginia was the smarter choice. But Muhtadi took a gamble, anyway.
“I wanted to go to Maryland —- I always wanted to,” Muhtadi said. “The only reason I thought about UVa was because at the time they were the No. 1 undergrad public university. It wasn’t so much a factor because Maryland has a great business school as well. It came down to the fact Maryland is my hometown school and I liked them way more. I only considered UVa for academics and finances.”
There was also a bit of a football-related run-in down here in Charlottesville.
“They didn’t give me the time of day,” Muhtadi said. “They had me down for a visit and let me watch practice and sent me on my way. My dad was mad, too. We were ready to go. We were like ‘Let’s go to Maryland and give them the business.’”
Now, Muhtadi gets the chance to do so against the Cavaliers today. And if that isn’t enough, he’ll get a shot at another in-state opponent (Virginia Tech) in a little more than a month.
—- Patrick Stevens