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Robert Randolph (2009-2010)
Riko Smalls (2008-2009)
Marcus Hamilton (2002-2006)
Joe Sanford (2005)
Bryson Spinner (1999-2001)
Andy Dugger (1999)
Anthony Poindexter (1995-1998)
Mike Wardlaw (1992-1994)
Frank Rotella (1993)
Will Brice (1993)
Randolph Austin (1988, 1990-1991)
Regarded as one of the fiercest hitters in the game during his
collegiate career, Anthony Poindexter was an impact player from the
moment he stepped onto the field for the Hoos. As a freshman in
1995, Poindexter finished with 93 tackles (third on the team behind
future NFL stars James Farrior and Jamie Sharper), 6 tackles for loss,
and a team-high 3 forced fumbles, earning Honorable Mention All-ACC
Honors in the process. In addition, Poindexter made one of the most
memorable plays in the history of the program, combining with Adrian
|Also Receiving Consideration: Marcus Hamilton led the Hoos in interceptions three straight
seasons (2004-2006) and is tied with Ronde Barber for third on Virginia's all-time list with 15
John Gowen (1988-1989)
Ryan Jackson (1986-1987)
Malcolm Pittman (1981-1985)
Mark Inderlied (1984)
Denny Hammack (1981)
Brent Burke (1980)
Mickey Spady (1977-1979)
Joe Jenkins (1974-1976)
Herbert Winokur (1937)
Leonard Trell (1935-1936)
George Coen (1934)
Richard DeButts (1928)
Players Who Have Worn #3:
|Odds & Ends: During Poindexter's redshirt season in 1994, he did not wear #3, as that number
was being worn by senior Mike Wardlaw. Instead, Poindexter wore #25. Poindexter switched to
#3 in 1995, and Anthony Southern was given #25.
Burnim to stop Warrick Dunn at the goal line on the last play of the game to preserve the Hoos'
first-ever win over Florida State and end FSU’s four-year, 29-game conference winning streak.
Poindexter was even better his sophomore season, finishing with 98 tackles (third-most on the
team), 2 fumble recoveries (second-most on the team), and a team-high 4 interceptions and 2
blocked kicks. For his efforts, Poindexter earned 1st Team All-ACC Honors and was named 2nd
Team All-American by the Sporting News.
Poindexter continued his dominant play as a junior in 1997, finishing with 78 tackles (third on the
team), 2 fumbles caused (second), 2 fumble recoveries (second), and a team-high 4
interceptions. Poindexter's play earned him 1st Team All-ACC honors for the second consecutive
season, and he was named to several All-America Teams, including 1st Team All-America by
The Sporting News, 2nd Team All-America by College & Pro Football Newsweekly, and 3rd Team
All-America by the AP.
After his junior season, Poindexter - who was draft-eligible and a surefire first round draft pick -
turned down millions of dollars to return to Virginia for his senior season. Despite playing only 7
games, Poindexter finished with 73 tackles (an average of 10.4 tackles per game), 3 sacks (the
most ever by a Virginia defensive back), 3 interceptions, and a team-high 2 fumble recoveries
and 2 fumbles caused. For his efforts, Poindexter was selected 1st Team All-ACC for the third
time (one of only three players in school history to do so) and ACC Defensive Player of the Year.
In addition, Poindexter was named 1st Team All-America by the Associated Press, Football
Writers Association of America, The Sporting News, College & Pro Football Newsweekly, and
A two-time team captain (1997 & 1998), Poindexter still holds numerous school records,
including most interceptions in a game (3), most assisted tackles in a game (14), most fumble
recoveries in a game (2) and career (7), most career tackles by a defensive back (342), and most
opposing players blown the f*%# up (tons), and he is tied for 6th all-time in interceptions (12). To
honor his legacy at UVa, Poindexter's No. 3 jersey was retired on Oct. 10, 2009, prior to Virginia's
47-7 triumph over Indiana at Scott Stadium.