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Mike London Talks Watford, BYU

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Mike London Talks Watford, BYU

Virginia Head Football Coach discussed the upcoming game with BYU yesterday at his first weekly press conference of the year.  London addressed many topics from the caliber of BYU as an opponent to the development of his younger players.  The biggest topic will always be what type of play Virginia will get at quarterback.  Red shirt sophomore David Watford is the outright starter for the game on Saturday.  London discussed his expectations for Watford yesterday.  ”David has to make sure he gets our players lined up correctly and calls the plays that coach Fairchild sends in.  The ability that he has gained over the last couple of years, some of that is that innate ability to know when to pull the ball and run to know when to side shuffle to avoid a sack.  I think David is at the point in his career where he’s been around long enough to do those things.  We’re not going to ask him to do more than he is capable of doing, obviously he’s a gifted and talented young man.  If he does what he’s asked to do in distributing the ball, using his legs and his arm and his brain, then I think that’s going to be critical to our success.”

Ironically, Virginia will face a mirror image of sorts in BYU quarterback Tasom Hill.  Hill is a very athletic quarterback, with limited experience playing in four games last season.  Hill is a talented runner and an athlete at the quarterback position.  BYU similarly to Virginia is implementing a new offense as Robert Anae returns to the staff from a brief stint at Arizona.  Saturday’s game will be a showdown of two experienced defenses, and two unproven quarterbacks.  BYU was third in total defense last year and Virginia ranked 28th.  London is highly aware of the complexity of the 3-4 defense that BYU will present .  ” It’s going to be important for us to block what we see…they are a big front seven. They’re all in the back end they are two hundred pounds.  Up front they’re big, nose tackle is big and we talked about their linebacker who is a phenomenal player.”  Coverage of Virginia and BYU begins at 1pm Saturday on WINA.