Virginia Cavaliers Football Season Preview History
2011 Virginia Football Preview:
Despite a 4-8 record last season, Virginia has reason to be hopeful. The Cavaliers played USC close and managed to beat Miami, and head coach Mike London will be looking to build on similar success heading into his second year in charge.
The offense was certainly the strongest unit on the team in 2010, and that will likely be the case again this year. However, there is a question about who will be under center, as there is a trio of suitable candidates. Whoever gets the nod will be surrounded by a slew of talented skill position players including running back Perry Jones and receiver Kris Burd.
Though the offense will be reliable, the Cavaliers will have to shore up their defense if they'd like to return to a bowl game. The linebacking corps should be solid, though, led by the likes of LaRoy Reynolds and Steve Greer. However, Virginia will need to improve up front against the run, but luckily they have three seniors who will try to do just that. Specifically, nose tackle Matt Conrath will play a big role in how they clog the middle and stop the sieve defensive line that made the team vulnerable every game to a loss.
2010 Virginia Football Preview:
Since 2007, when the Virginia Cavaliers football team finished 9-3 and received a bid for the Gator Bowl, the club has gone into a bit of a slide. After a disappointing 2008 and an embarrassing 3-9 2009 season, Virginia fired head coach Al Groh.
But a changing of the guard will occur in 2010 when new coach Mike London takes the reins of one of the South's most historic teams. London, who previously coached at the University of Richmond, was an assistant coach at Virginia between 2001 and 2004, and from 2006 to 2007. As the season approaches, he's already been credited for creating a more relaxed atmosphere in the locker room.
London's most valuable player in his inaugural year will be junior quarterback Marc Verica - the only QB on the team's roster who has attempted a pass on the college level.
To compete this year, Virginia will need to improve upon its standing 2-6 record in the ACC, and a good place to start would be with its heated in-conference rivals. On October 16, the Cavaliers play North Carolina in the South's Oldest Rivalry, on November 13, they take on Maryland in the Beltway Brawl; and the team ends its season on November 27 against Virginia Tech for the Commonwealth Cup.