CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Virginia football team will play its first game of the season one week from Friday, as the Cavaliers kick off the 2019 campaign at Pittsburgh.

The 'Hoos are still looking to sort out a few positions before the start of the season, and that includes running back.

Head coach Bronco Mendenhall says he generally likes to have one Lead Back, and Wayne Taulapapa is making a push to be that guy.

The sophomore from Hawaii played in seven games for UVa last season, but only appeared on special teams.

Taulapapa rushed for 3,279 yards as a three-year starter in high school, and he's been turning heads during the running back competition.

Mendenhall says, "The most consistent, and most productive running back, and the most trustworthy, and most versatile, to this point, has been Wayne Taulapapa. I've been really impressed with him. He just keeps getting better and better and better."

Taulapapa adds, "The competition is a great thing for us, because it helps each one of us get better, so whomever comes out on top in the end will be the person who helps the team in the most productive way."