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ACC Teleconference Notes

Some tidbits from Virginia Coach Al Groh's 12-minute 30-second appearance on the weekly ACC teleconference...

- You saw this story in Tuesday’s paper about Virginia’s players watching practice video of former players. On Wednesday, Groh addressed why he showed the video.

“We haven’t always had the most talented teams on the field when we played other teams, but we often have played with a very high energy level, a very good ruggedness and a strong resilience,” Groh said. “That was in place for quite awhile. We didn’t feel like it was at the same level. Those are the things that really have to come from the inside, not just from running drills. There’s an old saying we all grew up with from teachers and parents: ‘A picture is worth a thousand words.’ Sometimes, it’s difficult to get the picture. But with modern technology, it’s easy to get the picture and show the players specifically what we’re talking about.”

- Groh said safety Brandon Woods earned a starting job again in large part because of Saturday’s performance. Demoted safety Corey Mosley will remain in the mix.

- Groh emphasized that tight ends still have a prominent role within the offense even though the position has been deemphasized elsewhere.

“We’re going to do our best to make sure they wont be obsolete around here,” Groh said.

Whatever you want to term Virginia’s current offense – a spread, pro style or a combination of both – Groh said the Cavaliers are dedicated to fielding the best players regardless of position.

- Groh said wide receiver Tim Smith still has much to learn, but praised the freshman along with high school classmate Perry Jones. The duo won a state championship at Oscar Smith High and Groh said he’d like to populate the roster with players from successful high school programs.

- Groh has spent the past few days learning much about Indiana, although he received a head start while watching nine games during Virginia’s only idle week of the season on Sept. 26. Groh flipped between the Indiana-Michigan game and the North Carolina-Georgia Tech during the early time slot, although he said only so much can be learned from the television's camera angle compared with the coaches’ camera.

By Zach Berman  |  October 7, 2009; 4:20 PM ET
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