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 Burd, the Cavaliers’ wideouts are expected to provide the team the dynamic playmaking options that the team sorely lacked last season. If they continue to remain as in sync with senior quarterback Marc Verica as they have been for most of the team’s preseason practices, London has reason to believe they’ll fulfill that objective.
“I think they're doing a nice job, but they have to continue with running their routes and making it easy for the quarterback,” London said. “It's always the protection, the route-running and then the quarterback – they're all tied in. But I would say right now that guys are making long catches. We're throwing the ball deep. We're throwing shallow crossers, and they're catching them and running. And going stop routes, where they've got to catch it and make a guy miss. We're trying to do all those things with them, and they're responding.”
The wide receiving corps grew a little deeper on Monday when redshirt freshman tight end Kevin Royal converted from tight end to wide receiver. London said Royal’s move was necessitated by the player’s body composition more than anything else.
Royal had made every attempt to put on weight so that he could more effectively fulfill the blocking duties tight ends are asked to carry out. But alas, he could not push the scale beyond his current 218 pounds.
“The move with Royal was the fact that Mother Nature was going to say, ‘You know what, you're not going to be 230 or 245 pounds,’” London said. “He's done a great job thus far, and you're always one injury away from a guy getting nicked up or a guy not being able to practice, so he's had a couple opportunities this morning and he'll have some more opportunities this afternoon with a couple guys nursing some injuries to get on the field.”
Senior wide receiver Dontrelle Inman did not practice Tuesday due to an undisclosed injury. London said Inman sat out merely as a precautionary measure.
August 18, 2010; 7:51 AM ET
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