Rain Soaks Spring Practice

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Last weekend’s practice were all sunshine for Christian Olsen and the Cavaliers.
This Saturday, it rained for most of the Hoos’ practice.

April showers bring … a miserable spring football practice session, that’s what. The Cavaliers braved the consistent rainfall Saturday in what was their third open practice session of the spring period; UVa has six practices remaining. Coach Al Groh laughed afterward when he said the bowl preparation period had nicer weather than this. Indeed.

The chilly temperature combined with the steady rainfall made the afternoon a difficult day for everyone (fans, recruits, players, and coaches) involved. In terms of positions, the conditions were probably the roughest on the quarterbacks, receivers, and special teams players. Almost everyone at those positions had some struggles on Saturday – from Christian Olsen slipping and falling to the turf during a passing drill to the field goal kickers (Chris Gould and Noah Greenbaum) missing more kicks than usual.

“Of course it’s harder mentally on the receivers and the quarterbacks, but it’s just something you have to fight through,” receiver Fontel Mines said. “We played a wet game last year in Boston College so it’s going to be a game time situation and you just have to prepare yourself for it.”

Virginia hopes for better weather as practices continue. The final open session is Friday, April 14 at 4 p.m. The Spring Game is Saturday, April 22 at 3:30 p.m. with the fan festivities beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Offensive line

With Eugene Monroe out for the remainder of the spring, the offensive line has undergone a bit of a transformation. Groh said Friday that Zak Stair and Will Barker would be getting some reps at left tackle in Monroe’s absence.