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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 a few hours, and for those of you who can make it out to any of the practices through Aug. 10, here's what you can expect to see:

"We’ll be running around," London said. "The first couple days will be what we call acclimation days where it’s getting players into the process of getting ready to play in the season. They’ll be in helmets. You start out in helmets and shells, which will be shoulder pads. And by the fifth practice we’ll be in full pads.

"So the first two days, it may be helmets. We want to get these guys used to the heat, get ‘em running around, get ‘em used to the tempo. And then we’ll go two days in shells, so if you’re going to have any contact drills to protect them that way. And the fifth day will be the padded day. And then from that point on, after players have gone through that process, then we can start moving forward."

From today through Tuesday, Virginia's two-hour practices will be held at the fields behind the McCue Center beginning at 3:45 p.m.

By Steve Yanda  |  August 6, 2010; 12:19 PM ET
 
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