BYU football: Revamped Virginia faces big early season tests
“David has to make sure he gets our players lined up correctly and calls the plays that coach Fairchild sends in,” London said. “And then the ability that he's gained over the last couple years, some of that is that innate ability to know when to pull the ball and run, to know when to slide shuffle to avoid a sack. I think David is at that point of his career where he's been around enough to do those things. We're not going to ask him to do more than what he's capable of doing. Obviously he's a gifted and talented young man, but if he does what's being asked of him to do in distributing the ball and using his legs and his arm and his brain, then I think that's going to be critical to our success. Everyone is excited to see how David is going to play because it will be very important, and particularly with this experienced defense. It'll be an early test. We'll see.”
Defensively, Virginia returns eight starters. Cornerback Demetrious Nicholson has 25 career starts under his belt.
“They have a lot of game experience,” said BYU quarterback Taysom Hill. “That is definitely their strength, is their experience. Their D-line has played pretty good. The secondary’s quick and they make plays on balls. They’re a sound defense.”
Hill expects Virginia to be aggressive under Tenuta, the new defensive coordinator.
“They like to bring blitzes on both sides,” he said. “They like to apply pressure, and that’s what we’re anticipating.”
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