A Dozen Spring Football Thoughts

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Tim Smith and the Hoos hope to win more games in 2013.

The Virginia football team opened spring practice this week and a lot has changed since the season ended in November.

For starters, the new George Welsh Indoor Practice Facility is ready for use – and it’s a good thing too after some winter weather hit the area for the team’s first day on Monday. Check out Michael Ingalls’ article, photos, and video of the new facility here.

Four new coaches have joined the Mike London’s staff after an offseason shake-up. Plus, with the departure of Perry Jones , Oday Aboushi , Steve Greer , LaRoy Reynolds, and Michael Rocco, a new group of leaders must step to the forefront for the Cavaliers. In other words, there are lots of new voices at the head of the pack at UVa.

The task? The program will try to deliver two winning seasons in a three-year span for the first time since the 2005-2007 seasons. The work for that goal, of course, starts with spring practice.

Here are a dozen things I’m curious about as the Wahoos get back to practice.

Quarterback. With Rocco’s transfer to Richmond, all eyes turned to Phillip Sims . The Alabama transfer started four games last season and threw for 1,426 yards, 9 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. At Monday’s first practice, however, David Watford took the first snaps with the first team offense and he topped the first depth chart of the spring too. Cav coach Mike London advised reporters not to read too deeply into anything at this point because the QB spot is an open competition just like any other position.

Of course, that’s what puts this on the curiosity chart for me. Al Groh’s recruitment and struggles (for a variety of reasons) with the quarterback position became a large