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Building chemistry off the field another component of Virginia's training camp

During his chat with reporters before Monday's practice, Virginia Coach Mike London was asked how he felt the team's chemistry was coming along. London praised the bonds his players have made thus far and provided an example of a way in which the coaches tried to foster such unity.

After the first training camp practice on Friday, the team held a pool party. London said the event included a cannonball contest, a belly-flop contest and games of basketball.

"That's all part of it, the off the field things," London said. "We'll probably have a rookie show where they'll be singing and showing what kind of skills they have off the field. It makes it light. It makes it fun. And I think this team, they really like being around each other, which is a good thing, because you need that part of the camaraderie and being a good teammate that's going to help you when times get tough."

When asked who won the belly-flop contest, London said 6-foot-6, 353-pound freshman offensive tackle Morgan Moses "had the largest splash when he entered the water. There's a lot of belly there when he was going through his deal."

London also said 6-foot-4, 265-pound freshman offensive lineman Cody Wallace "did a pretty good job on the belly flop. He had to come up (to the surface) and call for the trainer because he actually used all belly."

No coaches participated in the belly-flop contest because, according to London, none of them wanted to take their shirts off.

"But they had fun doing it," London said of his players. "It was really neat to sit back and watch these guys interact in a social setting as friends outside of being teammates on the field."

By Steve Yanda  |  August 10, 2010; 12:12 PM ET
 
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