Virginia Head Coach Mike London talked with the media on Wednesday during his ACC teleconference. Here are notes from the call.
Opening Statement: London opens up about how great of an opportunity it is for the Cavaliers to play in the Rose Bowl against UCLA. He says everyone is excited to play out West.
Tough Opening Road Game: London says the challenges this game brings is one that his players embraces. He said last year they played well, but did not finish the game off. So with that they need to focus on the details to make sure you can close those games off-not turning the ball over and playing good defense. The Head Coach emphasizes that his team is embracing the challenges and is looking forward to the opportunity.
Leaders: Canaan Severin, David Dean, Matt Johns have all stepped up. London again once again mentions that Johns has really stepped up, "he has done all the right things as a representative of this University." He also added that "the mindset on this team is very different." He said although the team is very young, UVa has a veteran leadership and has the most fifth year seniors in the ACC.
On UCLA's Myles Jack: London praised the Bruins two-way standout, calling him a "rare player." He says in order for UVa to be successful they will have account for him at all times.
Tra' Nicholson: London says he expects a healthy Tra Nicholson, a leader and a guy that is in-tuned with everything that is going on. London also expects for Nicholson to be healthy for the first time in a long time. He says this the year that he is physically and emotionally ready and mature. London then mentions Jay Whitmire as an example of guys that are ready to step up to help this team out. Whitmire like Nicholson is not showing the effects of being out with an injury. London says Nicholson's best day of playing football is ahead of him.
Matt Johns: London says the signal caller showed he was ready for the stage last year against UCLA, this season however, he has some experience behind him. He can go out there and establish himself because he has the moxie and the confidence.
Offensive Weapons: London mentions Canaan Severin again, along with Ross Burbank, the running back group, consisting of Albert Reid and Taquan Mizzell,abd the tight ends (Charlie Hopkins and Evan Butts), as all guys UVa will look to as they hope to increase offensive production.
Defensive Standouts: London says the strength on that side of the ball is the interior and the secondary. But he is excited to see how the linebacker group comes a long, since they are young and they will placed on the big stage for the first time on Saturday.
That's it for London this week..
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