At halftime of Virginia's annual Orange & Blue spring game on Saturday, coach Mike London announced the recipients of the team’s spring football awards:
Rock Weir Award (most improved players): Senior guard Austin Pasztor and senior strong safety Rodney McLeod. Pasztor has started all 36 games during his Virginia career and is one of five returning starters on the Cavaliers' offensive line. McLeod was fourth on the team in 2010 with 54 tackles and also had two interceptions. McLeod enters his senior season with 133 career tackles.
Z Society Dudley Award (first-year player who displays excellence in the classroom, on the field and in the community): Offensive tackle Morgan Moses. The award is named after the late “Bullet” Bill Dudley, who exemplified those traits and was a two-time All-American at Virginia.
Cavalier Academic Achievement Award: Junior defensive tackle Will Hill and sophomore guard Luke Bowanko earned the award, which is given to players "who represent uncompromised excellence in his academic pursuits."
Iron Cavalier (performance and dedication in weight room): Senior wide receiver Matt Snyder. He joined the program as a walk-on and worked his way into the rotation at wide receiver the past two seasons. In 2010, he was fourth on the team with 30 catches for 393 yards.