Defense Steals the Show at Virginia Football Spring Game
Defense dominated for much of the day Saturday at Scott Stadium as Virginia concluded spring practice with its annual spring game. The game was actually more of a scrimmage.
Jordan Mack and Bryce Hall each intercepted a pass by Bryce Perkins.
The offense did have some bright moments.
Virginia sophomore running back Wayne Taulapapa from Honolulu, Hawaii scored two touchdowns and coach Bronco Mendenhall said Taulapapa will go into fall practice as the team's starting quarterback.
Terrell Jana caught a 64 yard touchdown pass from Brennan Armstrong to cap off the day.
"It felt really good," said Jana. "Great way to cap off the spring. B.A. threw a great ball and it was in the right spot and good pass and it all worked out. I'm glad I'm able to contribute to the offense and make plays for them. It was a nice recovery the injury and it felt good."
"Physical day and that was our intent," says UVa head coach Bronco Mendenhall. "Emphasis on running the ball, stopping the run with some play action mixed in, that was our intent as the day was designed for. We wanted to get one more day of contact. Defensively especially played well with the contributors that had experience owned the day for the majority of it. Urgent is the word I would use if you ask me where we are now. We are racing against the clock to be ready for our opener."
"We got to do better than last year," said UVa quarterback, Bryce Perkins. "We got to build and we can't stay the same. Last year was last year's team, this is this year's team. There's a sense of urgency trying to find the identity of it."
Virginia's season opener is at Pittsburgh Labor Day weekend.