Spring Practice Rolls On For UVa

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The Virginia football team is in the home stretch of the spring practice run and the Hoos held their final Charlottesville open practice at the McCue Center on a chilly Friday morning. This spring has been different from the past several years as the Cavaliers are coming off a postseason appearance. The extra practices leading up to the Chick-fil-A Bowl were clearly beneficial as the team looks to be ahead of where it was last year in the spring.

Coach Mike London says that he has seen a lot of player development the past few weeks.

“There’s been a lot of pleasant surprises as far as guys improving,” London said. “Guys that were in the backups roles last year are now put in the forefront of having to compete and perform. A lot of the skill young guys have been doing a pretty good job.”

Offensive Backfield Taking Shape

Virginia will have one of its most experienced offensive backfields in years in 2012 as just about every key player returns. Perry Jones , Kevin Parks , and Clifton Richardson all showed flashes of brilliance in 2011. Jones rushed for 915 yards and 5 touchdowns. The senior also caught 48 balls for 506 yards. Parks and Richardson were productive in their freshman seasons too. Parks posted 709 rushing yards with 9 TDs (152 carries, 4.7 yards per carry) and 11 receptions for 82 yards and 1 TD. Richardson added 366 yards rushing and 2 TDs on 72 carries.

Perry Jones

London noted this spring that Richardson’s role will increase this year due to his increased knowledge of the offense. He also hinted that some of the running backs will be used in the return game in an effort to utilize their versatility.

“It’s a good problem to have when you have so many guys back there,” London said. “They’re pretty good at catching the ball in the open field. It’s a good problem