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More players to be used on offensive, defensive lines against UNC

Virginia Coach Mike London said Monday during his weekly press conference that he and the coaching staff are trying to find ways to get more playing time for redshirt freshman defensive end Jake Snyder and sophomore defensive tackle Will Hill "so that everyone feels they're part of this thing."

During his segment on the ACC coaches' teleconference Wednesday, London was asked whether finding more playing time for defensive linemen such as Snyder and Hill was a sign that others along the team's defensive front were beginning to wear down or if it was purely a move to get them more experience.

"You know, you’re at the midpoint in the season," London said. "Guys have been in practice. They’ve gotten reps. They’ve lifted. They’ve run. And the only way that you’re going to get young players or a young team ready to play and move on is to get them some game experience. Those guys will have to play. We want them to play. They will play to help bring them along also.

"I don’t want their development only having been in a couple plays during this season as you go into next season when I think the whole defense is coming back. I want them to be developed right now as we go along in competition because they are doing a nice job practicing, so they deserve to play also."

On the season, Snyder -- who sits behind junior Zane Parr on the depth chart -- has played in all five games and has recorded four tackles and a tackle for a loss. Hill -- located on the depth chart behind junior Nick Jenkins -- has played in four games and has recorded one pass breakup.

The Cavaliers offensive line also will see an influx of younger faces Saturday against North Carolina. With junior left tackle Landon Bradley out for the next few weeks due to a broken hand, some shuffling is underway to fill his spot in the starting lineup. Possibilities include usual starting right tackle Oday Aboushi, a sophomore, switching over to play the left side, or redshirt freshman Sean Cascarano filling in at left tackle.

If Aboushi were to play left tackle Saturday, Cascarano, redshirt freshman Luke Bowanko and sophomore Aaron Van Kuiken have been mentioned as candidates to fill the right tackle position. All are likely to see playing time against the Tar Heels in some capacity. Also, true freshman Morgan Moses is expected to spit time at right guard with fifth-year senior B.J. Cabbell.

London said Wednesday that the coaching staff would have a better idea of where players will be positioned along the offensive line in Saturday's game after this afternoon's practice.

"You want to be consistent with how you practice them," London said. "We’re going to have to play more linemen than we have in the past, which may be a good thing for us so we can get some guys in the game."

By Steve Yanda  | October 13, 2010; 11:14 AM ET
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Virginia is a long way away from being competitive. Coach London might as well play the young guys and try to do better next season.

Posted by: greendayer | October 13, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

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