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UVA football preparing for Blue-White Spring Game

UVA head coach Tony Elliott
UVA head coach Tony Elliott(wvir)
Published: Apr. 21, 2022 at 10:47 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Virginia football team will hold its final practice of the spring this weekend, as the Cavaliers play the annual Blue-White Game at Scott Stadium.

The scrimmage will be Tony Elliott’s first as a head coach, and he’s been working around some issues with depth at key positions.

“Yeah, that’s gonna be fun,” Elliott said, with a laugh. “Just getting the jersey number situation, was oh my gosh. I’m sitting down with Greg, our equipment guy, like, ‘What jersey numbers do you have, in what color? Alright, so you have these jersey numbers in this color? Ok, so he’s on the blue team, and he’s on the white team.’”

Getting the players in the right color jersey’s at the start of the game is not enough.

With just eight healthy offensive linemen, the tackles will have to suit up for both teams.

Brennan Armstrong will throw passes for both sides, with backup QB Jay Woolfolk otherwise occupied with the UVA baseball team.

The musical chairs will keep the coaches on their toes.

Elliott says, “We’re going to have to manage that, and really challenging the coaching staff to make sure we’re locked into the game, we’re present in the moment, and we try to ease that transition as much as we can.”

The Spring Game will be a game format, not drills at practice, and Elliott is hoping for a good turnout from the fans.

“This is an opportunity to create a game-like environment for those guys,” says the head coach. “So it’s a big deal for me to have a good crowd, and create the energy, because the game is different than practice, and you want to see which guys can maintain the focus, and not get distracted by what’s going on in the game.”

The gates at Scott Stadium open at 2:30 on Saturday with activities for the kids, and the Wahoo Walk at 2:45.

The scrimmage kicks off at four o’clock, and players and coaches will be signing autographs on field after the game.

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