UVa walk-on put on scholarship

John Pond has been a part of Virginia’s football program since 2011, but his final year in Charlottesville will be a little more special. Last week, the reserve center learned during a team meeting that he would be put on scholarship for his redshirt senior year.

A product of Matoaca High School in Chester, Virginia, Pond appeared in five games from 2012-14. Coming out of the spring, he was listed as a backup left guard on the Cavaliers’ depth chart.

Pond is one of three Virginia offensive linemen expected to finish his college career this season.