The UVa football team practiced at Lambeth Field on Thursday night
Head coach Bronco Mendenhall
Senior receiver Ben Hogg makes a catch at the back of the endzone
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -
The UVa football team held practice at historic Lambeth Field on Thursday night.
Bronco Mendenhall's team was in helmets and shoulder pads for its sixth practice of the fall.
Quarterback Bryce Perkins connected on a few long passes during the offensive session.
The Cavaliers practice on the grass field at Lambeth a couple times every week.
Thursday's practice was the first time the team was at the 105-year-old field this year.
"I love the grass," says head coach Bronco Mendenhall. "We actually play on grass. As much as we can simulate the setting we're going to play in, looks like, and feels like, and getting our footing, is great. I also believe in the research that says there are less injuries on grass than on turf."
Senior halfback Olamide Zaccheaus says, "It's definitely different, but it's the same grass at Scott Stadium. We just try to keep that same mentality, as if we're going to Scott Stadium, practice hard."
Senior outside linebacker Chris Peace adds, "The thing about Lambeth, you always know it's going to be a hard practice. It's been like that since I first got here. That isn't my favorite field of the three we practice on, but nothing changed but the location."
When asked if he was more of a 'Turf Guy' than a 'Grass Guy,' Peace smiled and said, "I'm more of a Scott Stadium guy."
Virginia will play its first game of the season at Scott Stadium on September 1st against Richmond.