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Cavaliers Defense Ready To Attack

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The Virginia football team will be on the practice field Monday.

The Cavaliers take the field at the McCue Center at 3:40 PM, and the practice is open to the public.  

Fans will have a chance to see all the changes to the Wahoo coaching staff.  

New defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta's defense was on full display during the Cavaliers' spring game back in April

The defenses combined for three safeties, and held the offense to a combined 40 yards rushing.  

There were also fourteen sacks in that game.  

Virginia managed just seventeen sacks all of last season, which was 10th best in the ACC.

They were also last in the conference in both fumble recoveries and interceptions.  

With all the different offensive looks in college football, Tenuta says he's looking to make opponents have to think quick.

"You have to pick and choose, and be a little bit smarter," says Tenuta, "because they're moving their checkers, and trying to deceive your aspect of what you want to do, and then add the hurry up to it.  I look at our defense as a pressure aspect, to put some pressure on them, and not just sit back and wait to see what happens.  I make them try to make things happen."

Junior outside linebacker Daquan Romero adds, "It's more aggressive than last year.  I actually love it, because it's more attacking.  We're dictating what the offense is doing, instead of the offense dictating what we do, and what defense we're running."

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