Virginia Football: Spring Practice Storylines That Matter

    Virginia football spring practice is here. The storylines that matter, what’s the big deal, what to worry about, and what’s all set.

    March 7, 2016

    Virginia football spring practice is here. Here are the storylines that matter for the Cavaliers – what’s the big deal, what to worry about, and what’s all set.

    Welcome to UVA, Bronco …

    Cavalier fans admittedly knew very little about Bronco Mendenhall when he was hired away from BYU in December. So, spring practice represents a meet and greet of sorts … for both the coach and the locals. Mendenhall has a tall task ahead of him, squeezing more of the nectar from an underachieving program whose talent pool and talent base hasn’t matched the results very often over the past decade.

    The encouraging reality for Mendenhall is that his predecessor, Mike London, was a skilled recruiter, so the new staff has more than the usual number of playmakers for a team that’s finished below .500 four years running.

    No One Is Worried About …

    The linebackers. The Cavaliers figure to be stout on the second level of the D, an area of strength in C’ville in recent years. In the middle, junior Micah Kiser is one of the ACC’s best-kept secrets, and Zach Bradshaw displayed good pass rushing skills in 2015. If the Hoos can settle on a third starter and DT Andrew Brown emerges, Mendenhall’s run defense will be in good shape.

    Extra Attention Must Be Given The Defensive Backfield …

    Considering the talent comprising the secondary, Virginia was a major disappointment in 2015, ranking 117th nationally in pass efficiency defense. Sure, three starters are back, but the one departure, CB Maurice Canady, is going to play on Sundays. It’ll be up to the new staff to coach up the DBs, beginning this month.

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