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 Aaron Van Kuiken (wrist), every player is healthy enough to practice, London said. That includes junior defensive tackle Matt Conrath, junior safety Corey Mosley, senior tight end Joe Torchia and redshirt freshman tailback Dominique Wallace, none of whom participated in spring practice due to their respective injuries.
Van Kuiken, a reserve on the offensive line, had offseason surgery on his wrist, according to London. He will wear a cast and be allowed to practice with the team.
"He may miss the first game, but he'll be allowed to do some other things to make sure he stays in shape and is ready to go," London said.
As for Urban, London said he probably won't be cleared to play until late September.
"He's going to miss the first couple of games, but he's doing well," London said. "He's running now. He's lifting and all those things that at this point, coming from an ACL injury, he's probably ahead of the game, ahead of schedule."
As for academic issues that might keep certain players from being eligible this season, London said Virginia's final summer school session does not conclude until Friday and he won't get final grade reports until a few days later.
"We've put a lot of work in to make sure we minimize that," London said. "As I said before, last semester we had the highest (team) GPA we've had in 10 years. But there's still some young men that have to satisfy some academic requirements that I'll know about hopefully a couple of days or a day after" Aug. 6.
Players who London previously noted were in his "academic doghouse" include senior tailback Keith Payne and senior tailback Raynard Horne. If eligible, Payne will be expected to compete for considerable playing time in a crowded backfield. He was listed No. 2 on the team's post-spring practice depth chart at tailback behind sophomore Perry Jones. Horne could enter the mix, as well, if he remains eligible.