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UVa Football Hits The Practice Field

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Sophomore David Watford is #1 on the QB depth chart Sophomore David Watford is #1 on the QB depth chart

The Virginia football team held its first practice of the 2013 season Monday at the McCue Center.

Camp has a whole new feel this year, with several new assistant coaches, but all eyes are on the quarterbacks.

Sophomore David Watford has the most experience, playing in 10 games as a true freshman a couple of years ago.

Highly-touted red-shirt freshman Greyson Lambert is Watford's main competition.

Head coach Mike London says he wants to make a decision on a starter as soon as possible.

Many of the guys say they have their "swag" back this year, and they are looking to have a big season.

Senior wide receiver Tim Smith says, "We have six seniors and we want to win now.  That's just something we have to instill in the younger guys, and bring them along, and get them to buy in.  Just last week we had a conversation in the locker room about the bowl game, that's something we all want to get back to.  We want to bring back the winning after the down season we had last year.

Watford says, "I feel like coach Steve Fairchild is bringing an offense that is amazing.  It's very similar to our old offense, but he has plays really designed for our playmakers designed to get the ball out quick."      

"There is a high amount of energy, a high amount of passion, a high amount of guys looking forward to having success," says London.  "What happened last season happened last season.  What happened the year before guys experienced bowl opportunities.  Now they've experienced what happened last year, and we want what happened the year before."

The UVa defense vows to be more aggressive this year under new defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta.

Virginia forced just 12 turnovers last year and had just 17 sacks.

The 'Hoos feel like if they can improve their turnover margin, they'll have a great chance to improve on last year's 4-8 record.

"We want to create problems for the front five and never let the quarterback set his feet in the passing game," says Tenuta.  "Obviously the pressure aspect we want to get as many sacks as we can, but you also want to get tackles for losses too.  That's why you attack and that's why you pressure.  You want to make offenses have negative plays, so it is a second down and long situations, and then third and long."

Virginia will have open practices at the McCue Center at 3:40 PM all this week.

Junior running back Kevin Parks says, "I thought everybody looked good, first day everyone was wild, lot of energy flowing around.  We need to maintain that throughout the camp, you always have your lumps and bumps in camp but hopefully we maintain the energy though."

Junior cornerback Demetrious Nicholson says, "My first year going out there with the (first team defense), I was running around with the deer eyes, the deer in the headlight eyes.  Looking at the young guys do that this year it was pretty funny.  For me coming out here I'm a bit older, I felt a little more experienced, and a little more focused knowing what was about to come my way."

London adds, "These first couple practices we're going to see how far away we are from that last practice, to see how much recall we have from that last practice, and then based on that we'll try to progress as much as we can, because before you know it, BYU will be at Scott Stadium."
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