Virginia fullback Vincent Croce had an eye-opening spring, earning most improved player honors while being selected team captain.
But his most impressive accomplishment had nothing to do with football.
Croce finished second in a hot dog eating contest the day after the UVa spring game this past weekend.
He ate 11 hot dogs.
And it was all caught on video.
All right, so it's not close to the world-record 69 hot dogs Joey Chestnut ate in 2013 at the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating contest, but who's really counting. Croce did not prep in advance by scarfing down dozens of dogs, although he did have three slices of pizza the night before the contest. He participated as part of a fundraiser for Alzheimer's research. Receivers coach Marques Hagans took the ceremonial first bite. His grandfather is battling the disease.
"I didn't really know anything about it and I was reading up on the information," Croce told newsplex.com. "Coach (Mike) London's always preaching to us about giving back to the community and my grandparents are at risk of early onset Alzheimer's. This is promoting Alzheimer's research, it's a close cause to me."
Croce admits he wanted to win. Though he fell a little short, at least he has bragging rights over teammate Ross Gardner. He only ate five.