When football season begins in early September, Virginia will face William & Mary at Scott Stadium in a 6 p.m. start. What sort of questions will face the Cavaliers in Mike London’s second season at the helm? Who are some of the key faces for the Hoos in 2011? “Take 5” as TheSabre.com covers some of the top themes, names, and more.
5 Reasons To Hope
1. Experience. Virginia returns 17 starters across offense, defense, and special teams and the Hoos have proven producers all over the field. Those individual performers will need to come together for better team production in order to post more wins, but experience is a good place to start.
2. Offensive line leaders. Leading the way in the experience category is the offensive line where the Cavaliers have five players with collegiate starts. With a better-than-expected season a year ago from this unit, the potential for a great 2011 is obvious … and it likely will be needed with no experience at QB.
3. Talent infusion. While there is plenty of building left to do for Coach London, a group of incoming freshmen should bring some immediate talent to the field. A team in need of explosive playmakers expects the likes of Darius Jennings and Dominique Terrell to make an impact on offense, while players like Daquan Romero could contribute quickly on defense.
4. Chase Minnifield . Virginia’s senior corner is a preseason All-ACC pick with the most votes of any corner in the conference and he could be among the best players at the position nationally. Any defense with a shutdown corner has options and that’s a good thing for the Hoos.
5. The schedule. UVa’s schedule is set up about as well as possible for success. Three of the four non-conference games are at home and all four are winnable since W&M, Indiana, Southern Miss, and Idaho aren’t exactly BCS powerhouses. The conference slate arguably has the most winnable games at home too and there’s a bye week to get ready for the option
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