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Cavaliers Journal: August 1, 2010 - August 7, 2010

Ras-I Dowling sits out day two of Virginia football training camp

Updated: 9:42 p.m. Senior cornerback Ras-I Dowling did not participate in Saturday's practice, the second of Virginia's training camp. Dowling, who sat out the final 45 minutes of Friday's practice after suffering cramps in both his feet, declined to discuss...

By Steve Yanda  |  August 7, 2010; 6:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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News & notes from the first day of Virginia football training camp

A Virginia staffer standing next to first-year Coach Mike London blared a foghorn at 3:39 p.m. Friday, and with that, the Cavaliers' training camp began. Under a blazing sun, the Virginia players moved at a crisp pace, transitioning from drills...

By Steve Yanda  |  August 6, 2010; 8:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia's first five days of training camp to be open to public

The first five days of Virginia's training camp are open to the public, yet another gesture on the part of first-year Coach Mike London to make his program more accessible to its fans. The season's first practice begins in just...

By Steve Yanda  |  August 6, 2010; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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For UVA players, focussing on incremental progress sometimes easier said than done

Virginia Coach Mike London said Wednesday that he will view the team's success this season "in increments." And while the players seem to have bought into that approach, that doesn't mean it's always an easy one to follow. Especially for...

By Steve Yanda  |  August 6, 2010; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia's special teams units to utilize more straightforward approach

Virginia Special Teams Coordinator Anthony Poindexter carries no overblown sense of expertise in certain aspects of his job. When it comes to coaching the team’s kickers, for example, Poindexter’s philosophy is “to get the best one I can that knows...

By Steve Yanda  |  August 6, 2010; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia men's basketball team to play Washington in first round of Maui Invitational

The Virginia men's basketball team will take on Washington in the first round of the Maui Invitational on Nov. 22. As the final of four contests played in the tournament's opening round, the Virginia-Washington matchup will tip-off at midnight eastern...

By Steve Yanda  |  August 5, 2010; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Anthony Poindexter: Coaching stability, new 4-3 defensive scheme aid Virginia's recruiting efforts

Coaching stability and a new defensive alignment made hitting the recruiting trail in recent months less complicated for Anthony Poindexter – Virginia’s special teams coordinator and safeties coach – than it had been in previous years. After a 3-9 campaign...

By Steve Yanda  |  August 5, 2010; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Jim Reid once favored the 3-4 defensive alignment over the 4-3 scheme Virginia will employ this season

Virginia Defensive Coordinator Jim Reid can relate to the shift his players have undergone in recent months. He, too, once was forced to convert from a 3-4 base defensive alignment to a 4-3 defense. In 1994, Reid met with then-Boston...

By Steve Yanda  |  August 5, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Non-verbal cues help Bill Lazor install Virginia's offense effectively

From time to time during spring practice, Virginia players would offer non-verbal cues that they weren’t quite grasping certain concepts of the pro-style offense Virginia Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor was working to install. Sometimes, Lazor would see a player unbuckle...

By Steve Yanda  |  August 5, 2010; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Marc Verica leads large stable of Virginia quarterbacks into training camp

Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor spent the past seven years in the NFL, so it shouldn’t come as much surprise that he hasn’t yet been able to shed all the pro league’s lingo. He said Wednesday that he would prefer to...

By Steve Yanda  |  August 5, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A crowd is forming atop Virginia's depth chart at tailback

Coming out of spring practice, sophomore Perry Jones – who Coach Mike London said is “pound-for-pound, probably our strongest player on the team” – was listed atop the Virginia depth chart at tailback. But heading into the team’s training camp...

By Steve Yanda  |  August 5, 2010; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Mike London seeks to infuse more balance into Virginia's offense

During Mike London’s two seasons at Richmond, the Spiders’ offense remained remarkably balanced. In 2008 – when Richmond won the 1-AA national title – London’s offense averaged 187 rushing yards and 179.8 passing yards per game. The following year, the...

By Steve Yanda  |  August 5, 2010; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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More on Virginia football's declining ticket sales

Everyone associated with Virginia football in recent years likely would agree that the program has not performed at an ideal level. The Cavaliers went 5-7 in 2008, and some fans grumbled. They went 3-9 in 2009, and the grumbling grew...

By Steve Yanda  |  August 4, 2010; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Mike London plans to measure the 2010 season 'in increments'

The final question of Virginia Coach Mike London's press conference Wednesday centered on how the first-year coach of a program that went 3-9 last season will measure the upcoming campaign, in terms of whether he considers it a success. London...

By Steve Yanda  |  August 4, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A position switch for LoVante Battle

Since the conclusion of spring practice, sophomore LoVante Battle has switched positions and will play this season as a weak-side linebacker, Virginia Coach Mike London said Wednesday. Battle previously had played strong safety. "Mother Nature kind of took over with...

By Steve Yanda  |  August 4, 2010; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Mike London: No major lingering injuries heading into start of training camp

First-year Virginia Coach Mike London said Wednesday at the team's media day that the Cavaliers will have no major lingering injuries heading into training camp, which begins Friday. Aside from redshirt freshman defensive end Brent Urban (knee) and sophomore guard...

By Steve Yanda  |  August 4, 2010; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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