Odds and ends from Mike London's season-ending press conference
Virginia Coach Mike London stepped off the recruiting trail briefly Wednesday morning to chat with local reporters in a group setting for what likely will be the last time until signing day in February. We'll have much more on his comments in the coming days, but here's a brief recap of some of the personnel subjects on which London touched:
Sophomore wide receiver Tim Smith, who sat out most of the season with an ankle injury that required surgery, is likely to be granted a medical redshirt.
"I’m not going to say that it’s a slam dunk," London said. "But with the process that you go through, it looks positive that that will occur for him." ...
Redshirt freshman Jeremiah Mathis, who converted from defensive end to tight end in early October after senior Joe Torchia was lost for the season due to a shoulder injury, is likely to remain on the offensive side of the ball. Whether Mathis remains at tight end is still to be determined.
London said true freshmen tight ends Zach Swanson and Jake McGee -- both of whom redshirted this season -- "are going to be all-star tight ends in this league before it’s over with. Tough, 6-6, aggressive mentality that you want tight ends to have. But Mathis has been in that mix, and now you try to find a place for him to play. Actually he likes tight end because he likes catching touchdowns. We’ll see what happens."
Mathis finished the season with three catches for 11 yards and one touchdown. London said possibilities for Mathis heading into spring practice include staying at tight end or playing an H-back or an F-back position "where he can still do some of the same things." ...
Junior offensive tackle Landon Bradley likely will sit out spring practice while recovering from knee and shoulder injuries that forced him to miss the last three games of the season. The team's offensive line, however, appears to be a strength heading into next season. Oday Aboushi, Morgan Moses, Austin Pasztor and Anthony Mihota all are starters on a line that largely will remain intact.
"It’s a good issue to have when you have a majority of your offensive line coming back with a system that actually improved, in some areas dramatically," London said.
| December 1, 2010; 2:25 PM ET
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