London & Beamer Discuss Tough Early Season At ACC Football Kickoff
Mike London's Cavaliers went 4-8 in 2012
The ACC Football Kickoff wrapped up Monday in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The media preseason predictions have Virginia finishing in sixth place in the Coastal Division, with Virginia Tech second.
Frank Beamer's Hokies and Mike London's Cavaliers both have tough starts to the season.
Virginia Tech opens with defending national champion Alabama in Atlanta.
Virginia hosts BYU and Oregon.
London says, "They are two teams that have done well year in and year out. Bowl Games. National rankings. Players with the national caliber-type of recognition. We're looking forward to the opportunity to bring them into Charlottesville, and hopefully have a sold out venue for those particular games."
"When you play a team like Alabama, I think your program is better," says Beamer. "I think your summer practices are better, your preseason practices are better, and the coaches and players understand what a challenge we got. Regardless of the outcome of that game, I still think your football team is a better football team down the road."
Virginia had a record of 4-8 last season, and begins this year with a new offensive and defensive coordinator.
The 'Hoos will have a relatively unproven starting quarterback.
London says, "There's two very capable and talented quarterbacks. One, David Watford, who went into spring, and came out of spring listed as #1, he's become a phenomenal leader, a great young man, and a great teammate."
Virginia Tech is coming off a 7-6 season, its worst in two decades, and just like Virginia, has a new offensive coordinator in Scot Loeffler.
Beamer says, "I think the key for us is how quickly some young guys come around and play, and what maturity level. The offensive line, running backs, Trey Edmunds. I do know we have some talented guys. Just trying to get them to play at a high level quickly is our challenge."
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