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Virginia's Locker Room Atmosphere

The product on the field through the first three games of the 2009 season was difficult for Virginia fans to watch, but the attitude in the locker room before the games was a concern to the players.

“That was one of our points of concerns in the first couple games. Our locker room just wasn’t what it had been,” Cavaliers linebacker Aaron Clark said. “Everybody was anxious for the game, but I think some of the anxiety was in a bad way. It was time to refocus the locker room, and to get everybody ready to play a football game. It’s a battle out there, and you have to be at the highest intensity level you can muster yourself. It was a good change for us to get back rowdy before the game and get everyone juiced up for the first play.”

Clark told reporters they would have loved to be a fly on the wall. Thanks to, we could at least get a taste. Check the first 20 seconds of this video:

Fullback Rashawn Jackson said he was one of the players who got the team going before the game, adding that Ras-I Dowling and Mikell Simpson among the players who contributed. Coach Al Groh said he did not provide the directive.

“The players were clearly very together in terms of what they wanted to achieve and their approach of the game,” Groh said. “Those things, to be genuine, have to come from the player’s heart. No one can put it in there for them.”

By Zach Berman  |  October 16, 2009; 1:30 PM ET
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Let's go Hoos. Beat the Terps-again!

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