Interview With UVA OL Will Barker

Georgia Tech travels to Scott Stadium this weekend to play Virginia in what Coach Johnson described as an elimination game. We met with Virginia offensive lineman Will Barker at the ACC Kickoff back in July to discuss the prospects for Virginia's season.

What are the prospects for this season?

"I think we have what we need now on offense and that on top of a great defense I think we'll have a great team this year."

The last three offenses have not put up big numbers. Is there anything you can put your finger on?

"To us, it's not where we stand in terms of rankings or statistics. If we win a game 7-2 or 7-3, that's a W and that's all that matters. As far as scoring points, if we win games that's all that matters."

Last year the offense bogged down. Why was that?

"Last year we hit a bump. It didn't work out the way we wanted it to. At the same time, we learned a lot about each other and our team. We'll build on that and it's also a motivation not to fall into that again."

Will Ron Prince be working at all with the offensive line?

"No, he's strictly special teams. I think he's put a lot of work into it. We joked around about our former offensive line coach coming back here but he stays true to special teams and (Dave) Borbely is my offensive line coach and that's how it is."

Can you get anything useful out of playing 1AA teams?

"A game even if it's the first game or the last game is still a game to me. I know we all feel that way. I know it is 1AA and people think it's just a warm-up game but every game counts and it's nice to get into the flow of the season early. When you look at Richmond, they were a great team last year. They turned out to be a great team. I know they did well in their conference. I don't see any of the they're not a good team and you should play just to not get hurt. We treat every game the same and they all count. None of that stuff really matters."

How will the lack of experienced receivers affect the spread offense?

"We lost a lot of guys at receiver to graduation. At the same time, we have a lot of young talent that is good, fast, and dynamic. I don't think we're a strictly running or strictly passing spread offense. We're just as balanced as any offense. I think we do have the players there that can help us win. There are a lot of players that have stepped up in the spring and the summer that can help us at the receiver spot."

Have you heard the talk about Coach (Al) Groh being on the hot seat?

"It's the same thing with the predictions; you can't get all caught up with the media. People are going to say things and build hype. You can't let it get to you and you can use it as motivation. I think we all are."

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