By Gray Gardner.
Virginia head coach Mike London took advantage of his team’s early finish by taking the time to install more complex offensive packages.
“We ended our spring practices earlier than usual but it gave us the opportunity to look at some specialty offenses, some things that you don’t get to do during the normal length of practices,” London said.
London hopes the extra work will help advance the quarterback competition this summer.
Last year’s starter Marc Verica is absent, and no clear separation has happened between back-ups Ross Metheny, Michael Rocco, Michael Strauss and David Watford.
“I would prefer for whichever quarterback is the best candidate to be ready to help us win games,” London said. “I think the surrounding cast can help whoever the quarterback is.”
London said that he expects the most separation to happen during the players’ individual off-season workouts.
“The biggest gains any of them can make is between now and camp in August,” he said.
With experience lacking at the most important position on the field, expect the Cavaliers to start slow on offense in 2011.
–The kicking game in Virginia struggled a year ago, but Mike London said he is not yet willing to put more specialists on scholarship.
“You always prefer to walk-on your specialists,” London said. “But every once in a while you have to assess your kicking situation.”
London will look to punter Jimmy Howell and kicker Alec Vozenilek to do the job in 2011. The head coach is not convinced that either is ready to consistently perform.
“Next year we’ll evaluate not only Jimmy but Alec and see where he is,” London said. “If we have to go out and scholarship a punter then we’ll do that. But if Alec shows he’s improved then we won’t have to.”