Mike London, William & Mary to Bring Uptempo Offense to UVA on September 6th
Fans attending Virginia's home opener on Friday, September 6th against William and Mary can expect to see the Tribe run an uptempo, spread offense.
Mike London talked about his team on Monday in Williams burg at William & Mary's Media Day.
"One of the things we're committed to doing is picking up the pace," says London. "We want to do a great job of putting points on the board. We want to create explosive plays with that pace. At the same time we want to create a buy-in and if you talk to any of our lineman, even the lineman up front, they like the style of offense."
One of those lineman is left tackle Mark Williamson from Greene County. Williamson began his career with the Tribe as a walk-on. He started nine games last year at left tackle, and this season he's a senior captain.
"It's hard not to get emotional when thinking about it," says Williamson. "I came as a walk on with basically one of my only offers. I think the biggest thing right now is going day by day and staying healthy. It's a contact sports and a violent sport and I want to finish my last year on the field and not in the stands."
Mike London says there is a four-way battle right now for the starting quarterback job at William & Mary.
That does not include Charlottesville's Kevin Jarrell. The former Monticello HS quarterback has been moved from quarterback to linebacker for his sophomore season.
"Coach called me and said what do you think about playing some defense," says Jarrell. "I was like, if it gets me on the field and I can help the team in any way possible I'd be glad to do that. Just having a quarterback background understanding some defenses, rotations, that stuff has kind of helped me out. Kind of learning a new language, but the overall language is making sense."
William & Mary place kicker Kris Hooper from Barboursville is not a senior. The former Orange County HS kicker says he's worked hard this offseason to make the most of his senior year.
"I personally feel good from 55 if I need to sink that field goal," says Hooper. "That's all up to the coaches at the end of the day, but I know I have the leg to be able to do that. For me it's about how consistent can I be inside 40 yards because that's where most of the kicks will come from."
The Charlottesville area guys admit, they're excited for that September 6th game against Virginia at Scott Stadium.
"It's circled on my calendar, my parents calendar, it's a huge game," says Williamson. "It's cool coming back. Staying at the Doubletree and riding down 29 and passing people that you know."
"Usually a big turnout of family and friends," says Hooper. "It's always fun kicking at Scott Stadium and playing against UVA."