Hoos Return To Spring Practice

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Coach Mike London’s team is back at practice this spring.

Virginia football 2012 is officially underway with the first open practice of the spring. The Cavaliers hit the field at the McCue Center bright and early on Monday morning. In addition to Monday’s practice, Hoo fans will have three other chances to catch spring practice in Charlottesville. Virginia will hold open practices in March on Wednesday the 21st, Friday the 23rd as well as Friday April 6. Each practice will begin at 8 a.m. Head coach, Mike London says that the eight o’clock practices help the team get an early start to the day, and accommodate their class schedules.

“It’s been beneficial for them to get up early, go to practice, and go to class,” London said. “It’s worked out that a lot of their classes are available and there are more classes offered later on in the day. The early practice allows them to be a student and the GPA has been reflected by that.”

The Hoos will take their show on the road again this spring, too. This Saturday, Virginia will hold a practice at Fairfax High School for an open session. On Friday March 30, the team will travel to Newport News to practice at Christopher Newport University. In addition, Virginia will hold an open practice in Richmond at Sports Backers Stadium on April 7. The Cavaliers conclude their spring schedule on April 14 with the annual spring game in Charlottesville.

While some of the logistics are familiar this time around, the Cavaliers open spring practice with a different mindset than years past this season. Virginia is coming off its first winning campaign in four years that included a berth in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The Hoos got the benefit of 15 extra practices leading up to the bowl game and that provides benefits in spring practice. London and the Cavs are looking to ride the momentum of last season into 2012.

“The biggest thing is building the program to last,” London said. “You want to build upon the success of last season, but you can’t be complacent by any means. We’re in a transition where the team is starting to turn over from the 3-4 defense and