Coach Mike London Sees Improvement in All Three Phases
The UVa football team will try to snap a three-game losing skid when it begins a three-game homestand against Duke this weekend.
The Cavaliers played their best game in over a month on Saturday, but lost to Maryland on a missed field goal in the final seconds.
The Wahoo offense had its best day, racking up over 500 yards of total offense.
Virginia head coach Mike London said Monday he sees improvement in all three phases of the game, especially on offense with the running game.
The Cavaliers didn't allow any sacks against the Terps, and only had five penalties, compared to 13 the week before.
But the 'Hoos struggled in the red-zone.
They were there six times, but had to settle for four field goals, and only got two touchdowns.
Despite the struggles, Virginia had a chance to win, and now the guys must move on after a demoralizing loss.
Freshman defensive lineman Donte Wilkins says, "Players were crying because it was a nail biter, everyone played their hardest. There wasn't one player in the game who didn't play their hardest and wanted this game really, really badly. We're still not over it. The bitter taste is still in our mouths. It'll probably be in our mouth until the end of the season. We just want to work hard and remember these loses so we know how it feels and so we don't get them again."
London adds, "I see a process of us continuing to get better as we move forward, these guys that are learning how to block and the systems that we are asking them to do are getting better at it and that's the progress that we're looking for. I believe in the progress that we've seen offensively here recently, but the one thing that always remains constant is that effort and not giving up on these players."
David Watford completed 27 of 44 passes for 263 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions against the Terps.
"I feel my confidence is getting better week to week," says the sophomore QB. "With each game, I'm able to see defenses better, and the game is slowing down for me. Coach Fairchild is showing more confidence in me in the play calls, and what we're able to do on the field as an offense, so I feel like it's just getting better."
London says, "I believe in David. I believe in what we're asking him to do. He's getting better at it. This was his best college football game to date, and I believe he's got better games ahead of him."
Watford adds, "That taste is something that we have to keep in the back of our heads, losing, and how we were that close. We have to take that in to practice every week, and remember every single play, and every rep that we get, and every drill that we do, that feeling that we felt when we walked off that field with that loss."
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