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Chase Minnifield, CB

School: Virginia  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Lexington, KY
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 183 lbs.
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147194-5
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04/25/2012 - Former Virginia defensive back Chase Minnifield is recovering slower than expected from his January knee arthroscopy, which reports indicate included a microfracture procedure, but he expects it will lead to an improved final result. "I am getting better every day and I only have trace swelling," Minnifield told NFLDraftScout.com. "My doctor, James Andrews, made a report that all NFL teams received. They know. I am not 100 percent, but I will be." Minnifield would not confirm he had microfracture during his January 3 knee scope, but said he was familiar with the procedure. Multiple league sources confirm that medical reports said he had the procedure. Team reactions have been mixed. Minnifield, once projected as a second round draft prospect, has dropped two or more rounds on some boards and at least one team said he is off their draft list now. "We know this procedure is designed to enhance recovery and make the knee more sound," reported one team executive. "We also know it takes time." Despite Minnifield's desire for a rapid recovery, studies on NBA players who had microfracture indicate that a slow, deliberate rehabilitation yields the best results, although some individuals respond quicker than others. Microfracture is a procedure developed in the late 1980s by famed Vail, Colorado orthopedic surgeon Richard Steadman. Dr. Andrews, whose clinic attended Minnifield, advocates a version of that procedure. It is an arthroscopic procedure that is done in conjunction with a traditional clean-out, which is what Minnifield said he had. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

04/09/2012 - 2012 NFL COMBINE MEDICAL RECHECK: CB Chase Minnifield, Virginia (5-10, 183): Minnifield did not run at the combine due to a medical exclusion that noted "bilateral ankles." That term apparently refers to edema or the swelling has resulted in his slower-than-expected recovery from a Jan. 3 arthroscopic procedure on his right knee. It was a simple clean-out to remove loose cartilage. Minnifield didn't participate in the combine workouts and said he was functioning at only 80 percent when he had a disappointing pro day workout March 15 on campus. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

03/29/2012 - Virginia defensive back Chase Minnifield will be the first to tell you his workouts this spring have been disappointing. And he will be the first to tell you that isn't the true measure of who he is. "It's an unfortunate situation that I have not been 100 percent, and my workouts show it," Minnifield told NFLDraftScout.com. He was referring to his mid-March pro day results that included 40-yard times of 4.63 and 4.68 and a vertical jump of 32?? inches. Minnifield was projected as high as an early second-round prospect by some and knows his subpar workouts are hurting him. He is now rated as a third-round prospect and the 13th-ranked cornerback by NFLDraftScout.com. "It is so frustrating because I was only 80 percent for my pro day and my hamstring tightened up, too," Minnifield said. "It's taking time for my fast-twitch muscles to come back after surgery." Minnifield says when those muscles do come back and he is 100 percent, he knows exactly what to expect. "I will have the same 40-yard times I had before, from 4.38 to 4.41 [seconds]," he said. "And my vertical jump should be between 36 and 38 inches." He also says he can dramatically improve his bench press, which was only seven reps of 225 pounds, lowest among defensive backs at the combine. "I'm no power-lifter anyway, but my overall physical ability just wasn't there at that time because I was healing," he said. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

03/29/2012 - In February, Minnifield did not run in the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, where he had a medical exclusion noted as "Bilateral Ankles," which is a term sometimes used to describe edema or swelling. "My ankles are fine, so I don't know what that medical term means, but I did have some swelling in my knee," Minnifield said. "I am going back to Indianapolis for a re-check next week." It is standard procedure to re-check a player who cannot perform due to an injury. "I don't know what they are looking for, but the swelling is almost all gone and I am working out normally," Minnifield said. "I feel much better now than I did for my Pro Day. Not quite 100 percent, but I am getting there." - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

03/29/2012 - The difficult decision to have the surgery at such a crucial time was made by Chase and his father, Frank, whose name should be familiar from his Pro Bowl days as a cornerback for the Cleveland Browns (1984-92). "We decided it was the right time because I should be fully recovered in time for football season," Chase Minnifield said. "We didn't know exactly how long it would take, but being able to play by the season was an important consideration." So, on Jan. 3, Minnifield underwent arthroscopic surgery at the Andrews Institute for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Gulf Breeze, Fla., to evacuate floating cartilage particles in his right knee that bothered him most of the 2011 season. Frank Minnifield said the procedure took 15 minutes and he expects Chase to be 100 percent. Chase agrees, but admits he is frustrated that it is taking so long. It was the same knee on which he had ACL surgery after his senior year of high school. He said it took a year for him to be 100 percent after that, but he expected he would bounce back quickly from this procedure, commonly referred to as a cleanout. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

03/24/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT TOP DEFENSIVE BACKS: Chase Minnifield, Virginia, 5-10, 183...There are obvious signs of genetic inheritance and perhaps a bit of coaching from his father, Frank, who was a Pro Bowl caliber cornerback for the Cleveland Browns (1984-92). Chase is tall, lean and plays alertly within the framework of the system. He is high cut, and could use a little more heft if he can handle it because he already isn't exceptionally fluid when flipping his hips. Minnifield is a menace in press coverage as he reroutes receivers well and has exceptional ball skills, aided by excellent leaping ability and long arms. He sat out Virginia's 42-24 loss to Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, and on Jan. 3 underwent arthroscopic surgery at the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, Fla., to evacuate floating cartilage particles that bothered him most of the 2011 season. His father said the procedure took 15 minutes, and he expects Chase to be 100 percent. But Chase did not work out at the combine and reportedly ran 40 yards in only the mid-4.6-second range at his March 15 pro day, which means NFL teams may think his refined skills and instincts may work better at safety. Minnifield was selected All-ACC the last two seasons and in four years he had 151 tackles, 13 interceptions and showed decent return ability. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

03/21/2012 - 03/20/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT FALLER: Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia: Entering the season, Minnifield was considered a first-round defensive back, but after an average senior season, his stock has steadily declined. And his performance thus far in the pre-draft process hasn't helped. At his pro day last week, Minnifield was timed in the mid-4.6s in the 40-yard dash and didn't participate in other workouts because of tightness in his hamstring. He sat out the Chick-fil-A Bowl because of injury and underwent arthroscopic surgery to evacuate floating cartilage particles that bothered him most of the 2011 season. The injury kept him out of the Senior Bowl, NFL Combine and now his durability issues might keep him from working out at 100% before the draft. Minnifield, who is the son of Cleveland Browns' great Frank Minnifield, flashed a lot of ability at Virginia (13 career INTs), but there are some concerns he might be a CB/S tweener and his health issues are a red flag. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

03/15/2012 - Virginia Pro Day: Representatives of all 32 NFL teams were on hand to see 17 former Cavalier football players work out Thursday at Virginia's Pro Day. Pass rusher Cam Johnson enjoyed a strong workout and was asked to do drills as a linebacker and defensive lineman, according to a league source on the scene. The news wasn't so good for defensive back Chase Minnifield, who wasn't able to perform at the Combine due to an ankle issue. The 5'10, 183 pound Minnifield was clocked in the mid 4.6s in the 40-yard dash and complained about tightness in his hamstring. According to the source, Minnifield did not participate in the shuttles or push himself in later drills. "It was not a good day for him," the source said. The slow time by Minnifield in the 40-yard dash was not entirely unexpected, though scouts had hoped he'd do well. Some believe the 2011 All-American who leaves Virginia with 13 career interceptions might be better served moving to free safety in the NFL rather than remaining at the position he starred at throughout his collegiate career and the one his father -- Frank Minnifield -- played during a standout career with the Cleveland Browns. Minnifield (Chase, not Frank) is currently ranked as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 11 cornerback for the 2012 draft. That ranking and/or the position in which he's rated could change following this disappointing performance. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 54. Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia, 6-0, 185, 2...There are obvious signs of genetic inheritance and perhaps a bit of coaching from his father, Frank, who was a Pro Bowl caliber cornerback for the Cleveland Browns (1984-92). Chase is tall, lean and plays alertly within the framework of the system. He is high cut, and could use a little more heft if he can handle it because he already isn't exceptionally fluid when flipping hips. Minnifield is a menace in press coverage as he re-routes receivers well and has exceptional ball skills, aided by excellent leaping ability and long arms. He sat out Virginia's 42-24 loss to Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, and on Jan. 3 underwent arthroscopic surgery at the Andrews Institute for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Gulf Breeze, Fla. to evacuate floating cartilage particles that bothered him most of the 2011 season. His father said the procedure took 15 minutes and expects Chase to be 100 percent, but did not say if he would take part in the Combine. Minnifield was selected All-ACC the last two seasons and in four years he had 151 tackles, 13 interceptions and showed decent return ability. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

12/31/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: CB Chase Minnifield has put the wraps on an outstanding career at Virginia by becoming the first Cavaliers player to win multiple first-team All-ACC selections since OL D'Brickashaw Ferguson (2004 and '05). Minnifield had opponents throwing away from him early in the season, but he still snared three picks to give him 13 career interceptions. That's tied for the second-highest total among all active Football Bowl Subdivision players. - The Sports Xchange

11/14/2011 - WEEK 11 ACC DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Chase Minnifield, Virginia, Sr., CB, 6-0, 185, Lexington, Ky. Minnifield had five tackles and broke up two passes in Virginia's 31-21 victory against Duke. He came up with the big play on defense, intercepting a pass and returning it 54 yards for a score to put UVa up 21-14 early in the third quarter. Minnifield's interception was his third of the 2011 season and the 13th of his career. It was his first pick-six. - ACC football

11/12/2011 - Michael Rocco threw two touchdown passes and Chase Minnifield returned an interception for a touchdown Saturday as Virginia ended a three-game losing streak against Duke with a 31-21 victory. The Cavaliers (7-3, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) moved one victory closer to a possible showdown with No. 10 Virginia Tech with the ACC's Coastal Division title on the line. It was Virginia's third consecutive victory, two in November, where it had lost 13 straight before last week. Virginia ended its three-year losing skid against Duke (3-7, 1-5), who has lost five straight games. Rocco hit Jeremiah Mathis for a 6-yard touchdown and Kris Burd for a 38-yarder. Perry Jones scored on a 1-yard dive as Virginia outscored Duke 17-7 in the third quarter. The Cavaliers play at Florida State next weekend. If they win, or if Virginia Tech loses to North Carolina on Thursday night, the game would decide the Coastal representative in the ACC championship game in Charlotte, N.C. The Cavaliers had their hands full with Duke until taking command in the third quarter. - AP Sports

10/27/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Virginia at Miami, Oct. 27 The Cavaliers travel to South Beach to take on the Hurricanes and reunite with former defensive coordinator Al Golden, who oversaw the Virginia defense for five seasons before leaving to become head coach at Temple. The Cavs hope to fare better than they did on their last trip to Miami, a 52-19 drubbing at the hands of the Hurricanes in 2009. This also is the first game for Miami with all its players back from suspension. KEYS TO THE GAME: Pound the rock. Miami has one of the worst rushing defenses in the conference, with its 179.4 yards allowed ranking next to last among the 12 members of the ACC. Virginia has three capable RBs in Perry Jones, Kevin Parks and Clifton Richardson. The Cavaliers should find whichever back has the hot hand and try to ride him to the road win. PLAYERS TO WATCH: CB Chase Minnifield - Virginia's best defensive player has 12 career interceptions, and three of them have come in games against Miami. Minnifield snared two picks in last season's 24-19 win over the Hurricanes at Scott Stadium. Thursday night would be a fine time to Minnifeld to add to his success against the 'Canes. - The Sports Xchange

10/27/2011 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: Miami's offense is not as fearsome as recent results may indicate. The Hurricanes benefited from three takeaways by their own defense. Still, QB Jacory Harris remains a dangerous player and RB Lamar Miller is one of the most prolific rushers in the conference. Keep an eye on Virginia CB Chase Minnifield, who has enjoyed some of his best games against the Hurricanes. The Cavs currently boast one of the better pass defenses in the ACC. Virginia entered the week second in the conference in passing yards allowed and first in pass efficiency defense. QUOTE TO NOTE: "Coach Reid and the defensive staff have done a nice job. Now we just have to put everything together, put it all together. One side doesn't get points because of the other side. We all have to play together to win the game. And everybody understands that. That's why I think our team is stronger and more resilient and more focused now than we were last year. Last year is a different story." Virginia coach Mike London on the performance of the defense. - The Sports Xchange

08/23/2011 - 2011 LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS AWARD CANDIDATE: Chase Minnifield, Cornerback, University of Virginia, is one of 30 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) student-athletes selected as a candidate for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for excellence both on and off the field. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I FBS senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of candidates follows this release. The graduate student earned his bachelor's degree in sociology after just 3.5 years and now is pursuing a graduate degree in the School of Education. Minnifield is actively involved in Virginia's Athletes Committed to Community and Education (A.C.E.) program. A.C.E. was designed as an in-school program for young students to promote classroom success and achievement through a partnership between UVa athletes and local schools. He works with students at Walker Upper Elementary School on a weekly basis and always makes time for the kids, despite his academic and athletic demands. Minnifield also participates in other community-service projects, such as the football team's annual Bone Marrow Drive, The Shoot Out for Cancer and an Easter egg hunt at a local rehabilitation clinic for children. - Virginia football

08/09/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON ALL-ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE TEAM (MEDIA): CB Chase Minnifield, Virginia (38), Senior, has been selected to the 2011 Preseason All-ACC Football team in voting conducted by the media at the annual ACC Football Kickoff. Minnifield finished No. 2 in the ACC and No. 5 nationally with six interceptions in 2010. A SI.com Honorable Mention All-American, Minnifield also had 48 tackles. The Lexington, Ky., native shared ACC defensive back of the week honors with teammate Corey Mosley after snaring two interceptions in UVa's 24-19 upset of No. 22 Miami. Minnifield is on the Jim Thrope Award, Lott IMPACT Trophy and Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch Lists. Most recently Minnifield was announced as a nominee for the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. - Virginia football

07/12/2011 - 2011 JIM THORPE AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Chase Minnifield, Virginia, CB, has been named one of 37 players selected to the Preseason Thorpe Award watch list for the 2011 college football season. The Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's top defensive back, is one of the most coveted awards in college football and is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2011. Minnifield is on the list for the first time in his career after he finished No. 2 in the ACC and No. 5 nationally with six interceptions in 2010. A SI.com Honorable Mention All-American, Minnifield also had 48 tackles. - Virginia football

07/11/2011 - 2011 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Chase Minnifield, Virginia, CB, has been selected one of 87 players named to Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is awarded annually to the nation's best defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. Minnifield is on the list for the first time in his career after he finished No. 2 in the ACC and No. 5 nationally with six interceptions in 2010. A SI.com Honorable Mention All-American, Minnifield also had 48 tackles. The Lexington, Ky., native shared ACC defensive back of the week honors with teammate Corey Mosley after snaring two interceptions in UVa's 24-19 upset of No. 22 Miami. Minnifield is also on the Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List. - Virginia football

07/08/2011 - 2011 CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Chase Minnifield, Virginia, CB, Sr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List for the 2011 college football season, given annually to the best defensive player. Minnifield is on the list for the first time in his career after he finished No. 2 in the ACC and No. 5 nationally with six interceptions in 2010. A SI.com Honorable Mention All-American, Minnifield also had 48 tackles. The Lexington, Ky., native shared ACC defensive back of the week honors with teammate Corey Mosley after snaring two interceptions in UVa's 24-19 upset of No. 22 Miami. Minnifield is also on the Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List. Players may be added or deleted to the Bronko Nagurski Watch List during the season. Each week during the 2011 season, the FWAA will choose a Defensive Player of the Week. If that player is not on the Watch List, he automatically will be added. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Nov. 17. - Virginia football

05/03/2011 - 2011 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY WATCH LIST: Chase Minnifield, Virginia, CB, has been named to the 42-player Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list for the 2011 college football season as selected by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation. Minnifield finished No. 2 in the ACC and No. 7 nationally with six interceptions in 2010. A SI.com Honorable Mention All-American, Minnifield also had 48 tackles. The Lexington, Ky., native shared ACC defensive back of the week honors with teammate Corey Mosley after snaring two interceptions in UVa's 24-19 upset of No. 22 Miami. - Virginia football

 
 
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04/25/2012 - Former Virginia defensive back Chase Minnifield is recovering slower than expected from his January knee arthroscopy, which reports indicate included a microfracture procedure, but he expects it will lead to an improved final result. "I am getting better every day and I only have trace swelling," Minnifield told NFLDraftScout.com. "My doctor, James Andrews, made a report that all NFL teams received. They know. I am not 100 percent, but I will be." Minnifield would not confirm he had microfracture during his January 3 knee scope, but said he was familiar with the procedure. Multiple league sources confirm that medical reports said he had the procedure. Team reactions have been mixed. Minnifield, once projected as a second round draft prospect, has dropped two or more rounds on some boards and at least one team said he is off their draft list now. "We know this procedure is designed to enhance recovery and make the knee more sound," reported one team executive. "We also know it takes time." Despite Minnifield's desire for a rapid recovery, studies on NBA players who had microfracture indicate that a slow, deliberate rehabilitation yields the best results, although some individuals respond quicker than others. Microfracture is a procedure developed in the late 1980s by famed Vail, Colorado orthopedic surgeon Richard Steadman. Dr. Andrews, whose clinic attended Minnifield, advocates a version of that procedure. It is an arthroscopic procedure that is done in conjunction with a traditional clean-out, which is what Minnifield said he had. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

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