Things I Learned 2012: Richmond

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Perry Jones and the Hoos got the season off to a good start.

You know, starting a year with a win is nice. A lot better than starting a year with a loss. Having experienced both, I can definitively say that it is a whole lot better to win. And while there won’t be 10 things to discuss here, there still are some things worth reviewing together. Let’s take a look back at Virginia’s victory against Richmond.

A Game Thing

For a first game of the season, this was the kind of game that in many ways unfolded perfectly, and in many ways perfectly reflected the kind of team UVa wants to be.

Virginia wanted to get off to a fast start on offense … and it did, running out to a quick lead.

UVa wants its offense to be known for downhill running, play action passing, and downfield shots when they are there … and that’s what you saw on Saturday, especially on the first drive of the game.

On a similar note, Virginia wanted to move the ball and put some points on the board on offense without having to show too much … and UVa was able to do exactly that, as Bill Lazor certainly did not dig very deep into the playbook on Saturday, something that was particularly obvious in the passing game.

Lazor and the offensive staff wanted to get a lot of players involved in the offense … and did, with 11 different receivers hauling in passes and 4 backs getting carries (and that was with Clifton Richardson out nursing an injury).

The Cavaliers wanted to work on getting the tight ends back into the passing game in 2012 … and started that off by getting the ball to 3 tight ends on Saturday (and one former tight end in Zach Swanson).

The staff wanted to reward some players who clearly earned game reps with good camp performances … and they were able to do that (more on that below).

Mike London and Bill Lazor were hoping to get Phillips Sims some work not because Michael Rocco was struggling, and not at a time when the passing game needed to be left on the bench due