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Defensive Coordinator Jim Reid to coach from the sidelines the rest of the season

By Steve Yanda

Through the first nine games of the season, Virginia Defensive Coordinator Jim Reid performed his game day duties from the coaches' box high above whatever field on which the Cavaliers happened to be playing. Beginning Saturday -- when Virginia hosts Maryland -- Reid will move down to the sidelines and guide the defense more intimately.

"I think one of the things we talked about was in this process of, with a new defense and new players, that as we finish up this year, you know, (Reid) was in the box," Coach Mike London said Monday. "And I think what we're going to do is bring him down on the field and kind of give a presence again defensively to the guys to kind of bring again that energy and that passion that we started out playing with, and that we still play with."

London said Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor's sideline presence during games this season has been beneficial to the offensive players, and specifically to quarterback Marc Verica.

"I think there's a benefit of the guy that's calling the plays to look into the eyes of the guys that he's in charge of and directing the plan," London said. "So we'll do that."

Virginia has given up a combined 74 points in its past five quarters of play. The Cavaliers rank No. 111 in the nation in run defense (209.9 ypg allowed) and ranks No. 10 in the ACC it total yards allowed per game (397.2).

By Steve Yanda  | November 8, 2010; 6:01 PM ET
Categories:  Football  
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