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Cavaliers Journal: August 15, 2010 - August 21, 2010

Mike London is not having nightmares about Richmond ... yet

Next week, the Virginia coaches will set the depth chart for the Cavaliers' season opener against Richmond and begin to focus more during team practices on how the Spiders will play on Sept. 4 -- or at least, how the...

By Steve Yanda  |  August 20, 2010; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Virginia football team to see a steady dose of referees as first game nears

A few minutes after the Virginia football team took the field for a special teams practice Thursday afternoon, a group of game officials strode out in full uniform. It's not uncommon for teams to bring in referees to a few...

By Steve Yanda  |  August 20, 2010; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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As Virginia football training camp nears conclusion, distractions approach

Classes at Virginia begin next week, which means the Cavaliers' training camp is just about done. That leaves little time, Coach Mike London said, for his players to focus solely on football. "I was telling them today that this week,...

By Steve Yanda  |  August 19, 2010; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Mike London pleased with Keith Payne's adjustment to new mind-set

Virginia fifth-year senior tailback Keith Payne hasn’t raised eyebrows for his play on the field in a game in quite some time. Payne left the team prior to the beginning of the 2009 season. Then he returned to the squad...

By Steve Yanda  |  August 19, 2010; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Virginia beginning to incorporate shotgun formation into offense

Early on in training camp, Virginia continued to install the basic aspects of the team’s new pro-style offense. As camp has progressed, the Cavaliers have moved on to more advanced components of their offensive attack, such as the shotgun formation....

By Steve Yanda  |  August 19, 2010; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Position battle at fullback heating up

The fullback will be a component of Virginia's pro-style offense under first-year coach Mike London and offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. And while junior Terence Fells-Danzer held the top spot on the depth chart at that position heading into training camp,...

By Steve Yanda  |  August 19, 2010; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Now at defensive end, Cam Johnson expected to take on larger pass-rushing role

If Virginia Coach Mike London were to start a team from scratch, he said his top priorities would be finding players who could create an impact at the left tackle, quarterback and pass-rushing positions. And though he wasn’t completely starting...

By Steve Yanda  |  August 18, 2010; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Health of Virginia's secondary may push true freshmen into playing time

True freshman right tackle Morgan Moses definitely will see playing time for Virginia this season. That much is clear. Whether any of his other fellow true freshmen get to play for the Cavaliers remains less certain and largely will depend...

By Steve Yanda  |  August 18, 2010; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia tailbacks grab coaching staff's attention, converge near top of depth chart

At one point during Saturday’s scrimmage, fifth-year senior Raynard Horne dashed out of the backfield and caught up to junior wide receiver Kris Burd, who already was en route to the end zone on what would become a touchdown run....

By Steve Yanda  |  August 18, 2010; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Mike London impressed with Virginia's corps of wideouts

During his chat with reporters prior to the start of Tuesday afternoon's practice, Virginia Coach Mike London tabbed the team’s wide receivers as the position group that had exceeded his expectations thus far in training camp. Led by junior Kris...

By Steve Yanda  |  August 18, 2010; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Position battles at running back, No. 2 quarterback remain unsettled

Virginia Coach Mike London said before Tuesday's afternoon practice that the three quarterbacks vying to be starter Marc Verica's backup have yet to create separation from one another thus far in training camp. Redshirt freshman Ross Metheny, true freshman Michael...

By Steve Yanda  |  August 17, 2010; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia football team to attend funeral service for Colter Phillips's father Friday

Virginia Coach Mike London said Tuesday that the Cavaliers would be re-arranging their practice schedule Friday in order to attend a funeral service in Arlington for the father of sophomore tight end Colter Phillips. "Right now, I think we’ve got...

By Steve Yanda  |  August 17, 2010; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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