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Cavaliers Have Playmakers On Both Sides Of The Ball

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Darius Jennings had five touchdowns last season Darius Jennings had five touchdowns last season

The UVa football team wrapped up its first week of practice Friday.

The guys were in "full pads" for the first time.

Virginia head coach Mike London says he could name a starting quarterback for the season opener against BYU as soon as Monday.

The Virginia offense desperately needs the receivers to step up this year, and help out whomever is at quarterback.

Junior Darius Jennings will likely start opposite Tim Smith.  

Jennings had five touchdowns last year, and is one of the most explosive guys on the team.

He'll need to use his quickness on some simple routes, and become a game changer.

Jennings says, "I thought last year I was real comfortable with myself, but just looking back now, as to how I was then, I was still kind of testing the waters.  Now I feel really confident in my abilities, and our offense, and I'm just ready to make plays for us."  

Virginia's biggest potential playmaker on defense is junior cornerback Demetrious Nicholson.

He's started all 25 games since he earned a starting job as a true freshman.  

Nicholson says his goal is to get at least five interceptions this year, after not having any last season, and says he'll get his chance this year with Virginia's new aggressive defense.

"I'm definitely going to have opportunities, and I have to make the best of them," says Nicholson.  "When the ball comes my way, I got to be in position.   I have to make sure my technique is good.  I have great receivers to check this year, that the quarterbacks are going to try to get the ball to, so I'm definitely going to have my chances.  I'm going to do whatever I can to help my defense and my team win games this year."

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