Players Start Spring ‘Interview’ Process

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Al Groh

Spring football opened at Virginia on Wednesday with a lot of question marks surrounding a variety of positions. Who is going to handle the kicking duties? Who are the players at middle linebacker? What about center? All those questions should lead to an interesting spring as players battle for positions. Of course, all they have to do is impress the coaches.

That covers a wide range. There’s a lot of things they can do to impress us. But that’s what they have to do. They have to impress us. In one respect, it’s something all of us have gone through on many occasions in our lives, it’s a job interview. Whoever can impress the most, they get the job. That’s where we are with almost every position here,” UVa coach Al Groh said Tuesday. “As we try to emphasize during the course of a season on a week to week basis, all jobs are competitive every week. Some of the aforementioned players that have done a real good job for us in the past, if somebody comes in and plays better at their position than they’re doing right now, then that player will be playing at the position. … This is not so much what have you done for us lately business, it’s a what can you do for us next Saturday business.”

Those job interviews will be a call-back process as the Cavaliers have 15 total days scheduled in the spring, concluding with the Spring Game on April 22, which is obviously open to the public. Other open practice dates are April 1 (noon), April 2 (2:45 p.m.), April 8 (1:15 p.m.), and April 14 (4 p.m.).

Offensive Line Looking for New Starters. With D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Brian Barthelmes, and Brad Butler all gone, the Cavaliers have 60 percent of their starting offensive line to fill.

A number of players are back that saw some playing time last season, including highly touted Eugene Monroe . The 6-6 New Jersey native has the task of following Ferguson in the left tackle spot. Ferguson