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Cavalier Coordinators say Turnovers are Key

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The UVa football team has a new offensive and defensive coordinator this season.  The Cavaliers struggled last year finishing with a record of 4-8.

Steve Fairchild is the new offensive coordinator.  He has 31 years of coaching experience including 16 as an offensive coordinator in both college and the NFL.

Cavalier quarterback David Watford says the offensive is designed to get the ball quickly to the play makers.

Jon Tenuta is the defensive coordinator. He played at UVa from 1978-81.  He has 32 years of coaching experience, most recently as the defensive coordinator at NC State.

He brings an aggressive style of defense to Charlottesville.  Both guys stressed the importance of winning the turnover battle.

Tenuta says, "You always want to strip the ball, the big thing ball is on the ground its ours, I don't care if it's a dropped ball from the quarterback from center. I'd rather see guys go for the interception than try to tear some guys head off 'cause I want the ball back."

Fairchild says, "We give ourselves a chance to win if we don't beat ourselves.  We have to start from day one in Fall camp of not turning the ball over and not doing unforced errors.  If we can lineup right and attempt to do the right assignment and do it in a play hard play fast way and protect the football, you'll be amazed at how many games you're in".

David Watford was impressive on Day 3 of practice Wednesday completing the majority of his passes and showing why he is the frontrunner to be the starting quarterback for the season opener.

Watford says, "Yeah, I felt really confident out there, I feel like all the hard work we've been putting in the summer is really paying off, not just for me but the team overall. Monday I was really anxious just excited to get out here and some of the anxiety showed, but today I'm comfortable, I'm relaxed just glad to be out here with my guys."

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