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Cavaliers coach Mike London sees plenty of room for improvement after Saturday's 14-3 loss at Pitt.
Virginia quarterback David Watford is sacked by Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald during Saturday's game at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The Panthers defeated the Cavaliers 14-3.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Virginia football coach Mike London said Sunday that he will go public Monday with changes on the Cavaliers' offensive line and gave no indication that he was stopping there.
"Obviously, we need to shore up those inside positions," said London, whose Cavaliers had a season-low 188 yards Saturday in a 14-3 loss at Pittsburgh.
"We're going to make some changes on the offensive line. We've got to put players in position that can help us protect the quarterback [and] provide running lanes for us."
Virginia started four underclassmen on its offensive line last year but fifth-year guard Sean Cascarano sustained a hip injury that's likely to sideline him for the season and the other guard, Conner Davis, has missed the last two games with a lower-extremity injury.
Luke Bowanko, UVa's starting center in 2012, moved to guard this season but a return to center has not been ruled out.
London also revealed that place-kcicker Ian Frye notified the coaches in pre-game warm-ups that he had a hip flexor issue, one of the reasons that UVa decided against field goals on two fourth-down plays inside the Panthers' 30-yard line.
Following a 32-yard Frye field goal in the third quarter, redshirt freshman Dylan Sims from Jefferson Forest handled the ensuing kickoff and would be a candidate to handle placements if Frye is unavailable for this Saturday's game with Ball State.
London also said that walk-on running back Daniel Hamm, coming off a 136-yard afternoon against VMI, had a shoulder issue that prevented him from returning after carrying the ball twice early.
London continued to harp on the inconsistency of the UVa receivers, saying that the coaches counted 10 dropped passes on the game tape.
"That's way, way too many," London said. "Sometimes, you may have a drop here or there. Typically, when a ball hits a receiver's hands, you've got to come down with it.
"That's the kind of thing that stalls drives, kills momentum. Something's got to be corrected."
Quarterback David Watford completed 15 of 37 passes for 123 yards.
"David's a guy that wants to shoulder everything," London said. "Obviously, he can play better."
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