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The offensive line brings experience and growing depth into the 2011 season.
Mike London’s first season on the job at Virginia finished with a 4-8 record, but along the way there were some surprises both good and bad. While the defense has been dissected as the disappointing variety, the offensive line may have been the biggest positive shocker for the 2010 season. After all, entering the campaign, outside observers had the unit pegged as a hodge-podge of starters with little depth for reassurance. In the end, the O-Line paved the way for the ACC’s leading scorer, a record-setting pair of receivers, and a noticeable improvement across the board.
That’s why UVa carries some high expectations for the offensive line this spring as the work for 2011 continues.
“I think we’re excited about the amount of returners we have there and our expectations will be real high for them. I think Coach London has made that real clear to the offensive line that he has high expectations,” Virginia offensive coordinator Bill Lazor said. “It should be a friend to the quarterback whoever that ends up being because you’d expect that you can run the ball with a veteran offensive line. As they proved as the season went on, I expect that they should pass protect very well. It should be helpful for us.”
Indeed, many familiar faces return for the O-Line. Oday Aboushi , Morgan Moses, Anthony Mihota , Austin Pasztor , and Landon Bradley all logged starts last season and all return with eligibility, though Bradley is sitting out the spring after offseason surgery. Moses, of course, had a strong season as a true freshman and earned All-American honors from Phil Steele (fourth team) and CollegeFootballNews.com (honorable mention). After Moses’ first start, the offensive line gave up only six sacks in the final 26 quarters of the season. Moses, who was eased into spring practice after recovering from mono in the offseason, credited his...
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