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Bill Lazor to call plays for first time since 2002

Saturday will mark the first time in nearly eight years that first-year Virginia Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor has called plays in a live game. He spent the past seven years in the NFL serving various offensive roles, but mostly as a quarterbacks coach. His last stint as play-caller came in 2002 under Jim Hofher, who then was the head coach at Buffalo.

Lazor worked as Buffalo's offensive coordinator from 2001-02, during which time the team went a combined 4-19. The final game of the 2002 campaign -- a 41-21 loss at Ball State -- capped a 1-11 season during which Buffalo averaged 17.8 points per game, the second-worst mark in the Mid-American Conference.

Obviously, Lazor is hoping for a better outcome this time around.

"It'll be good," Lazor said Wednesday of resuming play-calling duties. "It was one of the reasons that I decided to come to Virginia was to have a chance to make that kind of impact on a program ... For me, personally, there's been a lot of football games between that Ball State game and this game, and so hopefully I've become a much better coach when it comes to what I'm going to have to do on game day. I think one of the greatest assets I have here is the staff we have on offense."

Among Virginia's assistants who've had previous experience as offensive coordinators are Running Backs Coach Mike Faragalli and Tight Ends Coach Scott Wachenheim.

"There may be some things they did differently than what I would do," Lazor said. "But when we talk as a staff, those are guys who've kind of been there, done that."

By Steve Yanda  |  September 2, 2010; 10:13 AM ET
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