|Historical Stats & Info
|Former UVa football player Bryan Heath died unexpectedly on
August 4, 2013. He was 41 years old.
Heath was a three-sport standout at East Forsyth High School in
Kernersville, North Carolina, where he lettered in football,
baseball, and track and field. As a senior, Heath was named the
top center and one of the top-25 prospects in North Carolina by
The Charlotte Observer.
Heath enrolled at the University in the fall of 1990. As a redshirt
freshman in 1991, he played in 11 games, missing only the
season opener against Maryland. In 1992, Heath started three
games (with the Hoos winning all three) and saw action in all 11
In 1993, Heath earned a permanent place in the starting lineup.
After starting the season opener against Maryland at guard,
Heath moved over to center the following week against Navy.
The move proved to be permanent, as Heath started at center
for the remainder of the season.
After receiving his undergraduate degree in psychology, Heath
competed as a graduate student in 1994. He started at center in
all 12 games, including the Hoos' 20-10 victory over TCU in the
Independence Bowl, and was named Honorable Mention All-ACC.
For his career, Heath played in 46 of 47 games (including three
bowl games) and earned 4 letters. He started 27 games (4 at
guard, 23 at center), including 24 straight over his last two
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|From Doug Doughty, Sports Writer for the The Roanoke
My wife worked with Bryan's uncle, Mark, who currently is the
director of economic development in Martinsville.
As a result, I was aware of Bryan from the time of his oral
commitment to Virginia and maybe earlier than that.
Bryan came from the Winston-Salem area and was part of a
group of players that then-assistant Danny Wilmer was able to
snag from that area,
Off the top of my head, I'm reminded of Tony Covington, Tyrone
Lewis, Greg Jeffries and Mark Dixon, although Dixon was from
the High Point area, closer to Greensboro than Winston.
Bryan was a hard-nosed player whose strongest characteristic
might have been his reliability.
"Unsung" might be another good adjective for him.
As a four-year letter-winner from 1991-94, he played with the
likes of Mark Dixon (1990-93), Ray Roberts (1988-91) and such
former All-ACC offensive lineman as Jim Reid and Jason