Mihota Hopes To Take Center Stage

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Anthony Mihota is in the mix to play center for UVa this season.

When Jack Shields opted to leave the Virginia football program during the offseason, it left a starting job open at the center position on the offensive line. And much like quarterback, the Hoos only have one player on the roster with in-game experience at the position. Junior Anthony Mihota isn’t taking anything for granted, however, as he works through the team’s first spring with new coach Mike London.

“Whether or not he was going to be here, of course I was going to compete for the position and I’m still competing for the position. I’m sure Mike Price and Luke Bowanko are on my heels,” Mihota said. “You can’t take a rest when you’re in the spot like that.”

“I think Anthony has done a good job of waiting his turn and working hard through that process and now is his opportunity to really try to take advantage of that situation and take a strong-hold on that position,” quarterback Marc Verica said. “He’s improved and he’s getting better and he’s eager to get better and learn every day so I’m excited to see his development this offseason.”

Mihota (6’4″, 270) is the most seasoned player at center, but Price (6’5″, 265), Bowanko (6’6″, 280) and Isaac Cain (6’4″, 305) have all taken snaps there this spring as well. All of those players, much like the quarterbacks, are trying to translate what they’ve learned from their previous seasons into the new offense being implemented by London and offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. Mihota said much of the lingo is the same, but the challenging part is learning how to apply it.

“It’s the same terminology, but we just have to relate to what we’ve already learned the last three years that I’ve been here,” Mihota said. “It’s just