Spring Practice Update: Rain Doesn’t Slow Down ‘Hoos in Fairfax

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Head coach Mike London and the rest of the Cavalier football team braved wind and rain for an open practice in Fairfax, VA on Saturday. A few hundred dedicated fans battled the elements for a glimpse of the future of Virginia football, and were rewarded with an energetic, engaged practice.

“I know a lot of people said they were going to come. It was good to see a lot of people up here, to see that are fans coming out,” London said. “I know it rained hard, but it was a pretty good day – a very productive practice. There was nothing that caused us to stop or slow down.”

Slowing down wasn’t in the cards for the Cavaliers. The opportunity to play in front of a crowd provided an extra spark that negated the less than savory weather conditions.

“It’s a lot of fun out here. There’s a lot more energy when you’ve got a crowd watching,” sophomore corner Demetrious Nicholson said. “The guys are pumped up and we’re out here getting after it.”

New jerseys and a switcheroo

A few members of the team were sporting a new prototype uniform from Nike in Saturday’s practice.

“We’re just testing them out,” senior running back Perry Jones said. “They’ve got new features. They don’t rub underneath the armpit, giving you rashes. They say they’re lighter, but I’m not sure.”

According to Coach London, another player felt the difference in weight more acutely.

“Morgan [Moses] said it made him feel like he was 225 pounds instead of 320,” London said. I just know they are tighter, and the numbers – it’s supposed to be a lot tougher to grab somebody.”

In addition to sporting the new jerseys, Jones and fellow running back Kevin Parks switched numbers for the day, leaving plenty of people confused.

“It took Coach Lazor about 3 times of calling me ‘KP’ before he realized,” Jones said.