UVa Football Has Big Expectations in 2019: 'We Have to Win the Coastal'
CHARLOTTE, N.C, (WVIR) - The Virginia football team won a bowl game for the first time since 2005 last season, as the Cavaliers beat South Carolina 28-0 in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Wahoos were back in the Queen City on Thursday, for the ACC Football Kickoff media days.
UVa is coming off its first eight-win season in eight years, and with a dynamic returning quarterback in Bryce Perkins, expectations this year are the highest they've been in over a decade.
"I'm my biggest critic," says Perkins. "That's going to allow us to train, and practice, the way we need to practice. If we truly believe we're the best team in the Coastal, and we truly believe we can win the ACC Championship, then we're going to attack every day, and practice summer workouts like we deserve, and we need, and we have to win the Coastal."
Senior cornerback Bryce Hall says, "What you did in the past, you don't carry that on to the next season. If you get too complacent, and you get too caught up in what the hype is, and what you did in the past, it can hinder you from moving forward, so that is why we always stay humble."
Head coach Bronco Mendenhall says, "Some of the value added to being in a conference is to win the conference championship. Yes, it would be nice for us to clean up this little package of us being the seventh different team to win the Coastal. It doesn't always work like that. It'll happen when we earn it, and when we play well enough for that to happen."
This year will likely be the first time in fourteen years Virginia is picked by the media to finish in the Top Three in the ACC's Coastal Division.
The preseason predictions will be released on Monday.