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Mikeysurf

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Only thing that matters is how this team responds this year...


There’s a tremendous foundation and culture existing within the football program, and especially, throughout the locker room.

The leadership is rock solid as well. A lesser team faced with an OL that has struggled with its cohesiveness, young players forced into action well before they are physically/technically ready comes totally unglued and possibly fractures the licker room. All Bryce Perkins has done is embrace his OL brethren even with greater support and told them not to allow all the outside chatter or his sacks get them down. I thought they had a solid outing against GT that bodes well moving.

This is a team that has only lost three games going into mid-November — the “money month” — with an opportunity to win 8 games for the first time in eight years, with a winner-take-all game to win the Coastal Division. Although, reading comments on this board at times it seems like we’re having a BC/Cuse type season.

Moreover, this is all happening with our top offensive weapon playing through an injury most of the season, inconsistent results from the running attack for various reasons, loss of both starting CBs, one of whom was an irreplaceable All American, 3 other DBs on depth chart are out, not to mention how those losses have impacted the LBs, who now must drop into coverage more often to support pass coverage that reduces blitz packages, and if course, the aforementioned OL issues.

Any one or two of these can (and has) detailed other teams this season. But somehow these kids have found a way to grind out seven wins (counting) and continue to have all their goals still in front of them.

This staff and these players have done an exceptional job this season against the odds. History tells us winning 7 or more games at UVA is a tough climb and only a few coaches have achieved it consistently. Going into the final game of the season with a chance to win a title in football is very rarified air for this program.

This is a special group. While they’ve had many challenges this season, it is a group if players and coaches I’ve come to really appreciate, and much more than past teams with greater talent.

BTW, I like the fact this week and next week’s game are both being played at Noon. Team’s practice schedule and routine will remain the same.

(In response to this post by Hoos1809)

Posted: 11/18/2019 at 4:06PM



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Honestly, think the noon kick helps the team -- Hoos1809 11/18/2019 2:37PM
  Well said. ** -- orangenblue 11/18/2019 8:52PM
  Can we drop LBs into coverage less? -- hooman#1 11/18/2019 6:04PM
  Bad idea, i wouldn't do it. ** -- Last Full Measure 11/18/2019 7:11PM
  We do what we do -- hooman#1 11/18/2019 10:33PM
  Oh I agree with you... -- Last Full Measure 11/19/2019 12:40AM
  Quality Post. Agree completely. Go Hoos! ** -- Yosarian 11/18/2019 5:59PM
  Really insightful post -- LifeLongHoo 11/18/2019 4:24PM
  Perkins will have a big game -- hooman#1 11/18/2019 6:06PM
  And OL ** -- Diehl 11/18/2019 3:58PM
  I would love to move it around, like FSU-Miami. ** -- HTrain90 11/18/2019 3:18PM
  Very interested to see VT OL against Pitt front 7. -- HTrain90 11/18/2019 3:06PM
  It sucks for those of us who don't live in the area -- G-Len Portier 11/18/2019 2:45PM
  5:30 or 6:00 for me. Not happy. ** -- Sabreville 11/18/2019 5:23PM
  Careful, HTrain police on the prowl ;) ** -- Diehl 11/18/2019 2:47PM
  Just looked up '08 -- Hoos1809 11/18/2019 2:55PM
  Vicqual Hall -- jdubforwahoowa 11/18/2019 4:12PM
  They were #31 S&P+ in '15, we were #71. -- hoodeyo 11/18/2019 2:58PM
  Many have said as much. ** -- OldeWahoo 11/18/2019 2:55PM

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