Macon Gunter

A Central Virginia native, Macon Gunter has made Charlottesville home for more than 15 years. He is a licensed real estate agent with McLean Faulconer, Inc. in Charlottesville, where he represents buyers and sellers of homes and land. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Macon has long covered UVA athletics for numerous news media outlets. In addition to contributing to C-VILLE, he assists the Virginia Sports Radio Network as spotter and statistician.

QB Michael Rocco threw for a touchdown and an interception against Virginia Tech. The Hokies won, 17-14. Photo: Matt Riley/UVa Media Relations

‘Hoos lose heartbreaker to Hokies in frustrating fashion

Antone Exum’s interception of Michael Rocco proved to be Virginia’s final offensive play of the game – but it didn’t have to be. Tied at 14, UVA had two timeouts when Tech’s ensuing possession began at the Cavalier 24-yard line with 3:21 on the clock. The Hokies ran six plays before calling their own timeout […]

Phillip Sims threw Virginia's only touchdown pass against UNC. The Tar Heels won, 37-13. Photo: Jack Looney

Wahoos miss opportunites, chance at postseason play in loss to UNC

Carolina’s third straight win over Virginia was not as thorough as the scoreboard suggested Thursday night. UVA made three costly mistakes, far fewer than a 24-point pasting would imply. His team trailing 14-10 with five minutes remaining in the first half, Michael Rocco threw an interception. Tre Boston returned it 36 yards for a score. […]

Michael Rocco's career day propelled UVA to a comeback win over Miami. 
Photo: Matt Riley/UVa Media Relations

Late-game heroics shock Miami, keep postseason hopes alive

Rumors of Virginia’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. With their backs placed squarely against the wall, the Wahoos staved off bowl ineligibility in magical fashion Saturday, coming from 10 points behind to edge Miami, 41-40. Michael Rocco orchestrated an epic 16-play, 87-yard drive that gave UVA a signature win in a topsy-turvy 2012 campaign. Rocco […]

UVA junior quarterback Michael Rocco drops back to pass against Maryland. Photo: Ron Dressel

Virginia’s quarterback platoon a dicey proposition

Phillip Sims had thrown for 83 yards, one touchdown, and nary an incompletion when he was replaced by Michael Rocco in the first quarter Saturday against N.C. State. Virginia does not have a controversy at quarterback, but a timeshare – an unorthodox arrangement still waiting on its first sustained success story. “They were both going […]

Quarterback Michael Rocco reentered the fold Saturday against N.C. State. The junior split time with starter Phillip Sims. Photo: Matt Riley/UVa Media Relations

Wahoos wallop Wolfpack, pull off ACC stunner

Nearly two months elapsed between wins for Virginia’s football team, but the ‘Hoos got their money’s worth Saturday against N.C. State, shellacking the double-digit favorite, 33-6. “Our guys played fast and excited,” Mike London said. “When we play like that, we are a good team.” UVA’s defense had forced just four turnovers and registered only […]

Alabama transfer Phillip Sims is still in search of his first win as UVA's starting quarterback. Photo: Jack Looney

Desperate Wahoos approach stretch run after winless October

No team is quite the same from one year to the next, no matter how similar the personnel might be. Few teams are as markedly different as Virginia’s 2011 and 2012 editions. Last year’s squad won five of six one-score games. Early, ugly wins over Indiana (34-31) and Idaho (21-20) gave UVA the confidence it […]

Phillip Sims has yet to win a game as Virginia's starting quarterback. He threw for 253 yards, a touchdown, and an interception against Wake Forest. Photo: Jack Looney.

And the beat goes on: UVA drops sixth straight game

Denial gave way to acceptance Saturday at Scott Stadium: Virginia is a bad football team, and its problems are systemic. The Wahoos lack confidence, discipline, and leadership and have now matched the school’s longest losing streak in 31 years. It was Khalek Shepherd’s muffed punt that ultimately handed Wake Forest a 16-10 win before a […]

Struggling ‘Hoos, upstart Terps set to renew testy rivalry

Struggling ‘Hoos, upstart Terps set to renew testy rivalry

In November 2002, during the week leading up to his team’s game with UVA, then-Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen famously said: “We expect to beat teams like Duke and Virginia.” Smart. That Saturday, UVA crushed Maryland, 48-13. Friedgen was fired in 2010, having lost more games than he won against the orange and blue. At halftime […]

Phillip Sims gets ready to unleash one in the Hoos loss to Louisiana Tech. Photo: Jack Looney

Substitution infraction crushes Cavaliers’ comeback bid

Louisiana Tech quarterback Colby Cameron could not draw Virginia offsides on 4th-and-1 with 1:45 remaining, his team desperately clinging to a 44-38 lead. Coach Sonny Dykes called timeout, and UVA trotted its punt return team onto the field. Dykes didn’t oblige. Punter Ryan Allen stayed on the sideline, and Cameron lined up behind center. Virginia […]

Five of Virginia's final eight games will take place inside the friendly confines of Scott Stadium. Photo: Jack Looney

Wahoos set to welcome high-octane offense to Charlottesville

It is Virginia’s most pivotal game of the season, and it comes against a team averaging 54.7 points per game. Louisiana Tech’s air-raid offense ranks in the top 25 in every major statistical category. The Bulldogs are the nation’s only team to have put up 50+ points in each of its games this season: LA […]

Perry Jones will look to get on track as UVA travels to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech in ACC opener on Saturday. Photo: Bill Ross

Running games crucial for Virginia, Georgia Tech in ACC showdown

As spotter and statistician for the Virginia Sports Radio Network, it is my job to know relevant personnel, follow the football, and relay information to our on-air voices. There are countless perks to the gig, with one exception: Georgia Tech week. Paul Johnson’s triple-option, spread offense is designed to deceive. On any given play, there […]

UVA's Michael Rocco led the Cavaliers to a dramatic victory against Penn State at Scott Stadium on Saturday. Photo: Matt Riley/UVa Media Relations

UVA rallies, escapes with wild 17-16 win over Penn State

It never had a chance. Sam Ficken’s fourth missed field goal sailed wide left and gave Virginia an improbable 17-16 win over Penn State on Saturday at Scott Stadium. “I understand there’s a lot of pressure on kickers,” UVA coach Mike London said. “But I also understand the pressure that can be applied on the […]

Penn State travels to Charlottesville for first road game since scandal

Penn State travels to Charlottesville for first road game since scandal

UVA dispatched Richmond last weekend in most ordinary fashion. This Saturday’s contest against Penn State will be anything but ordinary, no matter the outcome. The NCAA imposed unprecedented sanctions on PSU in the wake of Jerry Sandusky’s conviction on 45 counts of child sex abuse and a subsequent report that accused school officials of concealing […]

UVA's Michael Rocco led the Cavaliers to a dramatic victory against Penn State at Scott Stadium on Saturday. Photo: Matt Riley/UVa Media Relations

Rocco named starting quarterback, will lead UVA in season opener

“I really believe it’s my job to lose, and I’m not going to lose it.” Consider Michael Rocco 1-for-1 in 2012. UVA coach Mike London named Rocco starting quarterback Monday, just 24 days after the junior publicly laid claim to the job. “It became apparent that Michael has the best grasp of the offense right […]

Virginia Beach RB Taquan Mizzell became Virginia's 18th commitment in the Class of 2013. Photo: Ross Taylor / The Virginian-Pilot.

“Smoke” could signal Virginia’s return to recruiting prominence

He answers to “Smoke.” That alone should speak to the budding legend of Taquan Mizzell, one of just 22 prep prospects in the Class of 2013 to have received five-star distinction from recruiting authority Mizzell verbally committed to UVA last Tuesday, spurning offers from a host of college football’s bluebloods — Miami, Notre Dame, […]