Spring Football 2004 News and Notes: Willie Davis Update

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Willie Davis

Before the final open spring practice Friday, Virginia head coach Al Groh joined reporters to give an update on the
progress of camp with only a week left to go. With the spring game approaching, Groh plans on getting everything he can
out of the next week of practices. In this teleconference, Groh had an update on Willie Davis, the depth on the
defensive line, and progress of Jermaine Hardy in his attempt to recover from a knee surgery in January.

Willie Davis Update

After suffering a ferocious head-on hit in the second game of the season last year against South Carolina, sophomore
Willie Davis has been unable to get back on the football field. Half a year later, Davis has stayed around the program,
and can always be seen at the McCue center, both working on his rehab, and letting the team know that he is trying to
stay around for as long as possible. While it is unknown if Davis will ever play for the University of Virginia again,
he is letting his coaches know that he is still around, and he is trying to work his way back. Coach Groh said that he
sees the young man all the time, and he plans on that continuing throughout the near future.

“I saw him yesterday,” Groh said on Friday. “He’s in here on a daily basis. [Rehabbing] is part of
what he is here for. The other part is just to stay connected with us.”

When asked whether Groh thought Willie would like to return to the program, there was no doubt in his mind.

“Oh sure [he’d like to return],” Groh said. “That’s where his heart is. He was on his way to
becoming a special player there.”

Depth at the Defensive Line

For the first time in Coach Groh’s tenure at Virginia, he has plenty of playable depth on the defensive line. While
the starters, Brennan Schmidt, Andrew Hoffman, and Chris Canty, are firmly entrenched