Wallace Working His Way Back

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Dominique Wallace is excited about the prospect of a power running game under new coach Mike London.

New Virginia coach Mike London’s emphasis on a power running game for the 2010 season is likely a breath of fresh air for Wahoo fans. The Cavaliers, after all, rushed the ball just 410 times in 2009, averaging 2.9 yards per carry – both 11th in the ACC, ahead of only Duke’s pass-heavy attack. The leading rusher on the team was quarterback Jameel Sewell ; tailbacks accounted for just 231 of those carries.

Fans aren’t the only ones who are eager to see more running this year; the prospect of a power-running attack rings in the ears of Dominique Wallace , as well. Especially the power part of it.

Wallace is still not cleared for full contact after undergoing two offseason surgeries for a season-ending foot sprain he suffered in the third game of last season. The 230-pound back said he hopes to be 100 percent by the summer, though, and figures to be a prominent part of Virginia’s running attack. Tailbacks like Torrey Mack and Perry Jones are of the make-you-miss breed, whereas Wallace is a more bruising, north-south runner.

In a power-I look, a north-south runner like Wallace may be just what London is looking for.

“I’m real excited about the offense this year,” Wallace said. “Last year wasn’t as much of my style, the spread. I had never run the spread. I was more of a downhill, power back – that’s what I always ran, so I’m more comfortable with this offense.

“It’s more physical. To me, the spread wasn’t as physical. I just feel as though the power-I and all that stuff is what it’s name is: power.”

London has already said that he is excited about using the big tailback in his offense. For now, though, Wallace said that the main focus is on getting healthy and acclimating to the new staff.