The UVa football team has a new offensive and defensive coordinator this season, as well as a new starting quarterback. The 'Hoos begin practice on Monday. Today, the 'Hoos talked about the upcoming season on media day.
The Cavaliers' new quarterback under center this season will likely be sophomore David Watford. He redshirted last year after playing in ten games as a true freshman
Watford says, "I've learned the game a lot more. Slowing down more. Reading defenses and seeing coverage and understanding what's going on with the plays. I feel like I've taken tremendous strides from when I first walked on campus until now."
Watford will complete with redshirt freshman Greyson Lambert. Coach Mike London would like to name a starter as soon as possible.
Lambert says, "I'm not the fastest guy in the world. He's got the upper hand in that category but like I said earlier I'm trying to get faster with knowledge of the game and decision making. If I can run a 4.4 up here (pointing to his head) that'll be good for me."
The 'Hoos would like to take the pressure off whoever is quarterback, with the power running game.
Mike London says, "Kevin Parks being able to run lends itself to David Watford being able to play action passes or getting him on the perimeter."
Parks says, "we've gotta be physical running the ball. When a coach says that - in your mind, a running back's mind, your gonna get the rock. You're going to carry and what not so you know. That's a big thing for me - touching the football and what not but like I said I'll do anything for our team to win."
On defense, Virginia plans to be very aggressive under new coordinator Jon Tenuta.
UVa defensive end Eli Harold says, "Its gonna benefit me a lot man. Just go. Just go. Just play. I want the ACC to recognize who number 7 is on UVA's defense."
UVa linebacker Daquan Romero says, "Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers. Or its just interceptions. Or its just punching at the ball while the offensive guys have it. Just getting that mindset that we need the ball. We need the ball back."
The guys are excited about the challenge of beginning the season against national powers BYU and Oregon.
UVa wide receiver Tim Smith says, "I call them all money games. Those are games that you wanna have on your schedule."
UVa tight end Jake McGee says, "guys are ready to go. I think we're itching. Its a couple days, two days to report and then practice starts Monday. I think a lot of questions will be answered throughout camp and once the season starts."
Virginia's first game is Saturday, August 31st against BYU. That's a 3:30pm kickoff at Scott Stadium.
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