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Last Chance to Shine for Cavaliers in Orange-Blue Spring Game Saturday

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Mike London is in his 5th season at UVa Mike London is in his 5th season at UVa

The Virginia football team will hold its last practice of the spring on Saturday, as the Cavaliers play the annual Orange-Blue Spring Game at Scott Stadium at one o'clock.

The practice is free and open to the public.

The Wahoos will be missing about 15-to-18 players due to injuries, so rather than dividing up the team, they will play strictly Offense vs. Defense.

UVa will have a much different look in coach Mike London's fifth season.

Last year, the Cavaliers had just four seniors playing a role.

This year, it'll be closer to twenty.

This is the second spring for the players under coordinators Steve Fairchild and Jon Tenuta, and London says the familiarity is showing.

"The players that played in this scheme and system last season, they're now more acclimated to it," says London.  "We're pleased about the progress, we're pleased about guys that accelerated their learning curve. We're pleased with the fact that they've gotten bigger, faster, stronger. There's a lot of positive things that have come out of this spring."

London enters his fifth season with a complete roster of players he has recruited since taking over the program.

In year's past, UVa has held one more practice after the Orange-Blue game, but the open practice at Scott Stadium Saturday will be the last practice of the spring for the Cavaliers, and the last chance for the players to impress the coaching staff before the fall.

London says, "This performance, added with all the other performances, can help you move ahead, stay the same, or perhaps be looking over your shoulder when the new group of first-year's come in wanting to take your position. It's been a sense of urgency, but that's what you need. We want to get this to a point where no one feels comfortable about where they are. That they always want to get better, but know there is always somebody trying to take your spot."

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