Mission Spring Cleaning Wraps Up

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Mike London said that the team’s attitude has changed this spring.

The final public outing of the spring for Virginia’s football team has come and gone after the annual Spring Game clicked off the calendar on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon in Charlottesville. One more closed practice session will wrap things up for the Cavaliers for good this semester. So now what?

For starters, we can’t draw any conclusions on much of anything, save a few returning playmakers peppered around the field. So yeah, guys like Ras-I Dowling, Chase Minnifield , Cam Johnson, Kris Burd , and Austin Pasztor are going to be good individually at their positions.

And, yes, plenty of questions remain too. How will the offensive line play? That unit still looks inconsistent and allowed 5 sacks in the controlled scrimmage action Saturday. Will someone emerge as a game manager at quarterback? Marc Verica seems to be the starter based on Mike London’s uniform unveiling comments and the fact that Verica played with the first team in the Spring Game. Still, he struggled a bit on Saturday. Jumping to conclusions based on one afternoon’s struggles won’t happen among the coaching staff, but questions still remain as to if Verica can lead the offense and limit turnovers.

Can the Hoos run the football? The running backs are a diverse and talented group, but Saturday’s action showed some offensive line issues in the running game as well. Only Keith Payne and Perry Jones managed to crack 20 yards on limited opportunities Saturday. Likewise, the receiving corps has depth and some playmakers like Burd; the tight ends and wideouts posted six catches for more than 20 yards on Saturday. Still, some drops and separation issues remain.

All of those questions and limited answers, frankly, don’t mean much though. As is the case with many of our own households, this spring phase was all about