VT-UVa Weeklong Coverage
Virginia Tech (7-4) and Virginia (2-9) will go head to head Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPNU. The Hokies have won nine straight games in the series.
NOTES FROM MONDAY'S NEWS CONFERENCE WITH COACH MIKE LONDON AND SELECTED PLAYERS
-London said David Watford will start at QB but Greyson Lambert will play as well. How much playing time each gets is yet to be determined.
-London had plenty of praise for a number of VT players including Derrick Hopkins, Luther Maddy, Logan Thomas, Kendall Fuller, Brandon Facyson, and James Gayle.
-Turnovers have simply killed UVa this season. In a number of games, including this past week against Miami, they've outgained their opponent. However, the Cavaliers have 19 takeaways (9 INT, 10 fumbles) and have turned those into just ONE touchdown. Conversely, UVa has turned it over 25 times (16 INTs, 9 fumbles) and UVa opponents have turned those into 17 touchdowns.
-Jr. safety Anthony Harris will have to sit out the first half against Tech because he received a penalty for targeting (helmet to helmet) against Miami. He leads UVa with 8 INTs this season.
-When asked if he would change anything he did against VT last year, namely in the final minutes regarding the use of timeouts, London said "You're always trying to find a way to be a better coach."
-UVa has just nine seniors on its roster and only seven of them play. Of UVa's 85 scholarship players, 55 are freshmen and sophomore. Senior Morgan Moses said because of that the future should be bright for the program.
-Harris said, "I have exploded this year" but he hasn't given much thought to entering the NFL draft early.
-Despite a 2-9 record and 8 straight losses, UVa players remain upbeat. Sr. FB Billy Skrobacz said, "There are a lot of guys on this team with a lot of pride."
-London said Morgan Moses, Sr. left tackle, played "okay" in the first part of the season. However he said Moses has progressed significantly over the past 6-7 weeks. NFL scouts have come to the campus and told London that they're seeing Moses play better recently.
-Moses admitted that Saturday's game will be emotional for him as a senior, playing his final game.
-It is a point of emphasis to get RB Kevin Parks 1,000 yards this season. He is sitting on 926 entering the final game. 2004 was the last year UVa had a running back rush for more than 1,000 yards (Alvin Pearman).
-This game is a rivalry for many reasons. One of which is the fact that players from each team played on the same high school team. UVa's Skrobacz, Jake Snyder and VT's Antone Exum fit that fact.
-Snyder said he had been envisioning a win over Tech for five years. Moses said he remembered when UVa beat GT and fans rushed the field. He said he expects that to be doubled if UVa beats VT on Saturday.
-Having defensive lineman Brent Urban back for the final two games of the season has and will be important for UVa. Coming back from an injury Urban said he was a little nervous against Miami. Snyder said Urban opens up a lot of things for the defense when he's in the lineup. Urban, if you recall, scooped up a fumble and returned it for a TD last season at VT.
-Moses said he knows James Gayle but if his phone rings "I won't pick up because it's Tech week." Gayle said he likes Moses but wouldn't mind embarrassing him on Saturday. Moses said Gayle lines up on the opposite side of the line from him so they would not be going head to head.