10-Day Hoo Preview ’07: Keys to the Season

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Football in some ways is like marriage. If you can manage to stick to a few basic principles, you can get through the rough times. If your team can survive each other in sickness and health, good times and bad, for as long as you both shall … try to reach the end of November, success often will be the outcome.

The key for Virginia in 2007 is to control what it can control, exceed where it was average – at best – last year, and as football goes, hope that the intangibles, such as health, fall in its favor.

The 2007 squad returns a solid amount of starters as well as a new set of question marks.

Nothing is proven about the offense. How much did that left wrist impede Jameel Sewell ‘s growth? Does this team have a receiver threat?

Defensively this unit has the components to be the best in the conference. Offensive lines realized last year that Chris Long isn’t their only problem up front and Mike London has reasons to smile that he returns all four linebackers in the 3-4 scheme.

Unfortunately, nobody ever succeeds just on the basis of who returns, what should go down, and how it could all happen.

Yet it makes for a fun preview.

Keys To The Season: Offense

Offensive Line’s Health

If the Cavs can stay healthy up front, the offense should improve.

Ever hear of the old football adage-“it all starts up front?” It only gets echoed because it is true. Jameel Sewell ‘s growth? The need for the tight ends to become bigger weapons? Two solid running backs? … It all starts with the O-Line.

Last year’s early season debacle was not only because of the dreadfulness of Christian Olsen or Kevin McCabe ‘s interceptions or the inability of a running game by the backs or … okay, so you get the point … but in large