UVa head football coach Mike London says he'd like to see quarterback David Watford get more involved as a runner.
The 'Hoos spent the bye week working on the mistakes they made against Oregon and BYU. Mike London says his team needs to find its identity this week against VMI with the goal being a tough, smart, and aggressive football team.
London says he'd like to see Watford use his athleticism in the running game.
London says, "Hey listen, if its open and its 3rd and 5 or 3rd and 6 and they're dropping back and you see a way, then he wants to do what's right and what's called for but at the same time he can also use his athleticism and make those decisions himself, we're going to empower him to do those type of things."
UVa tight end Zach Swanson says, "Its just like the way Oregon or the other teams that use their quarterback as a rushing threat, it throws the defense into fits. You not only have to honor the run, we have this really fast quarterback if things break down, he can make for himself. It just adds for another thing the defense has to compensate."
London adds, "And the other thing for us is to go vertically down the field, and we have to exceed some of those explosive plays that we're looking for. We spent a lot of time getting those receivers down field throwing the ball to them. So if we can do that, you can have a quarterback that can run and kind of fit into your style of offense, then you have opportunities. I think those are the things that you're looking to create."
Virginia and VMI kickoff at 3:30pm on Saturday. It was announced on Monday that Virginia's game at Pittsburgh on September 28th will be a 12:30pm kickoff.
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