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Strong defense, poor offense highlight the spring game

Mike London's first spring game as Virginia's coach came and went, looking similar to the teams former coach Al Groh had during his final two seasons. All the players on the field Saturday were recruited by Groh, so that's not much of a surprise. But the team is still in search of strong quarterback play (Marc Verica had two interceptions) and will have an active defense (Cam Johnson should be fine in his transition to defense end).

The secondary is strength of the defense; the backfield is the strength of the offense. Linebackers remain a question mark on defense, while the offensive line could be shaky on offense.

Much more information, reaction and analysis to come starting Monday morning. Just like football season, though, I'm curious what you think. Please leave comments and questions below.

By Zach Berman  |  April 10, 2010; 5:03 PM ET
 
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Hi ZB,

I was there. As you noted, the offense struggled mightily and Verica had a very rough day. Metheny impressed me, especially with the first touchdown he threw over the middle, and the out pattern he threw to Bobby Smith while on the run.

Perry Jones seemed to have the most wiggle of all our running backs, though Keith Payne also looked good. Fells-Danzer's catch and run was also pretty nice -- it's good to see him on the field.

But despite the bright spots, it's going to be a tough road offensively without some consistent QB play. I left yesterday wondering how long London will stick with Verica. There's no real mandate that he wins next year, so I'm hoping Metheny will get ample opportunities out there.

Posted by: MTrogdon | April 11, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

it's a good thing that other in-state team makes Virginia proud. it's gonna be a long season Hoos.

Posted by: chwilli9 | April 11, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

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