The Virginia Cavaliers now enter their second year under the current schemes and systems with defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta and offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild. The guys say that makes a world of difference.
UVa senior middle linebacker Henry Coley says, "Its definitely made us more comfortable and we can play faster. We can actually bring the energy, we're thinking a lot less out there and just playing."
UVa senior running back Kevin Parks says, "We have a lot of good running backs, we have a lot of guys who can do different things and its all about keeping us fresh."
Sophomore quarterback Greyson Lambert played in seven games last year. Players and coaches say he's much improved and has earned the opportunity to be the starter.
Greyson Lambert says, "Knowledge of the game was a big deal for me and its been night and day since stepping onto grounds at UVa and now."
UVa offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild says, "You'll see him making more plays throwing the football, he has more command of the offense in that respect, he's quicker at making decisions because he's played a little bit and he has a feel for it."
UVa senior tight end Zach Swanson says, "We've been through four days of camp and its been already apparent, we have playmakers."
UVa coach Mike london is now in his firth season as head coach and said today he feels good about what he's done with the football program at UVa but Virginia has a record of 6-18 in the last two seasons and the players and coaches know they need to win now.
Parks says, "We know coach London is on the hot seat, last year we went 2-10, we made those silly mistakes not coach London."
UVa junior defensive tackle Eli Harold says, "I would say yes we have a lot of pressure on us obviously because we want coach London to stay here, so for in order for him to stay we have to perform to the best of our ability."
UVa head coach Mike London says, "So the motivation is to get better, become a team that can execute what we're asking them to do, to have the players that I believe that can perform in those systems and functions and now the production on the field."
The 'Hoos kickoff the regular season with a home game August 30th against seventh ranked UCLA.
Marty Hudtloff is the Sports Director at WVIR-TV. He joined the NBC29 sports team in October of 2003. He has a degree in broadcast journalism from Bradley University. You can reach out to Marty via Email or Twitter.