Sunday Night Teleconference Notes
Entering into Virginia's lone bye week of the season, Coach Al Groh begins the same self-scouting process conducted annually during the bye week. This one just comes earlier -- and at a pressing juncture in the Cavaliers season. At 0-3, the season can slip closer to inescapable depths with another loss to North Carolina on Oct. 3. It will be a crucial two weeks for Groh and his team.
Some news and tidbits from his weekly Sunday night teleconference...
- Quarterback Kyle McCartin was on the field as a special teams player -- a role rare for a quarterback. Groh laughed when this point was raised and said it will remain rare, because McCartin is now a linebacker.
- Defensive end Brent Urban was on the traveling roster as a true freshman and will likely play this season. Groh brought Steven Greer on the road last season even though Greer was redshirting just so he can experience the atmosphere in preparation for his prominent role in 2009. But Urban, who is 6 feet 7 and 280 pound, is Virginia's No. 5 defensive end and could earn some defensive snaps. He would be the seventh true freshmen to reach the field this season -- a number that grew Saturday when defensive back LaRoy Reynolds played on special teams.
- Groh did not want to delay the offensive changes for the bye week because he felt the issues were too pressing to put off beyond the Southern Mississippi game. WIth two weeks instead of three days, though, expect more refinement with the change
- As part of the offense, Groh said there was a re-emphasis on including the tight ends. Junior Joe Torchia recorded the first catches of his career Saturday.
- Cornerback Mike Parker should return for the North Carolina game. Wide receiver Dontrelle Inman is back practicing, too. It is too early to determine if quarterback Vic Hall will play against North Carolina.
- Juniors Raynard Horne and Jared Detrick did not travel despite previously playing significant roles on special teams. Groh said the coaching staff was not "satisfied with the production" through the first two games.
- Virginia lined up with only 10 players on the field on Southern Miss's first punt play, which never went off because of a penalty. It was the second consecutive game Virginia was one man down on a special teams play. Cornerback Devin Wallace was playing defense for the first time and came off the field after third down. Ordinarily, he would be running onto the field for fourth down. That caused the confusion.
- There were only eight or nine called running plays in Saturday's game. Quarterback Jameel Sewell's other rushes were improvised.
- Groh said it was one of the longest games he had participated in that did not go into overtime. The game lasted 3 hours and 41 minutes, and Virginia attempted 90 offensive plays.
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