Virginia Cavaliers Best of 2023: Malik Washington’s an Elite Pass Catcher

Virginia Cavaliers Best of 2023 is headlined by the elite play of WR Malik Washington and the gunslinging attitude of Anthony Colandrea.

In conjunction with our College Football’s Best series, highlighting the top plays, players, highlights, and moments from all 133 teams, we’re here to showcase the best the Virginia Cavaliers have had to offer in 2023. Who has stood out? What units are turning heads?

And who from UAV is among the top mentions in our College Football’s Best series this season?

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Virginia Cavaliers Best of 2023

At College Football Network, we watch every game. Every player. Every team. And our notebooks are chock full of top players, plays, highlights, and moments. Today, I’m emptying the notebook.

Below, find Virginia’s noteworthy players, groupings, or units, all listed under a different category: good, great, grand, or wonderful. Every team across the country has put forth their best efforts in 2023, and through four weeks of action, those players deserve notoriety for what they’ve put forth this season.

Highlighting the best with a line from the one and only Chris Farley, welcome to this season’s Good, Great, Grand, Wonderful!

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Good: Anthony Colandrea, QB

Sure, he’s made a ton of true freshman mistakes. But let’s face it, Anthony Colandrea has given the Cavs a chance to win any game he starts as he’s not afraid to push the ball downfield and throw his receivers open.

He’s a true gunslinger and as he improves his decision-making and trust in his arm, Colandrea is a name to watch.

Great: Jonas Sanker, S

Leading the team with 33 tackles, Jonas Sanker has also been excellent in coverage. Dropping back in the intermediate range, Sanker has used his athleticism to make breaks on five passes this season and he’s knocked around his fair share of receivers as well.

Grand: Kam Butler, EDGE

The team’s leader in sacks, Kam Butler has been the lone Cavalier to get home with pressure consistently this season. Figuring that their opponents know such a thing, Butler’s consistency is that much more impressive.

Wonderful: Malik Washington, WR

Helping his young quarterback out more often than not, Malik Washington’s ball-tracking skills and prowess at the catch point have not gone unnoticed. He’s a threat with the ball in his hands and is averaging 16.4 yards per catch with three touchdowns this season.

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