The Virginia football team opened the Bronco Mendenhall era with a disappointing 37-20 loss to Richmond on Saturday.
“We knew Richmond was a good football team,” UVA quarterback Kurt Benkert said. “They’re really good. Obviously it didn’t go the way we thought it would go, but we prepared and we saw their film. They’re a good team.”
Here are some more notes and quotes from the season opener.
“Buck” linebacker Zach Bradshaw couldn’t sleep the night before preseason camp began because he was so excited about this season under head coach Bronco Mendenhall. Following the 37-20 loss to Richmond, an emotional Bradshaw expressed shock and disappointment while also acknowledging there are 11 games left to play.
“It’s horrible to lose a football game, obviously,” Bradshaw said. “We’ve worked so hard as a group. This is my favorite football staff I’ve ever played for. I love my coaches. I love my teammates. And it just sucks, coming out here, you know, getting upset. [Richmond is] a really good football team, but still … we just did not perform to the level we’ve been preparing for the past few months. That’s really unfortunate but we’re going to learn from our mistakes and keep going forward.”
Sophomore receiver Olamide Zaccheaus believes the mental state of Virginia’s team remains strong despite the loss.
“We’re all good. We’re all fine. We know what we need to...
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