Cavaliers Hope to See "Red Zone" Improvement

By: Nate Sulham Email
By: Nate Sulham Email

It was a sight all too familiar to Virginia football fans in 2013.

The Cavaliers moving the ball down the field on offense, only to see things stall out in the "red zone", forcing the Wahoos into field goal attempts.

Mike London and his coaching staff are taking steps to make sure that happens less regularly next season.

The 'Hoos have made efficiency inside the 20 yard-line a focal point in spring practices thus far, and the Cavaliers feel they have a receiving unit that can go up and make plays on that part of the field. Keeon Johnson, Miles Gooch, Canaan Severin and Jake McGee are all 6'2" or better.

"When you have some size like Keeon Johnson, Miles Gooch, Canaan Severin and the new role Jake McGee has, there have been some outstanding catches made in regards to scoring touchdowns instead of field goals," London said Saturday.

London has liked what he's seen from that group so far, but admits the players need to carry that into when the games matter.

"It's important we improve in the red zone," London said. "We've seen some receivers and guys in that part of the game improve. But it's got to continue."

Part of the onus on improving in the "red zone" also falls on the quarterbacks, including rising junior David Watford.

"At the end of the day we don't want to leave any points on the field," Watford said. "We want to be able to score and capitalize on opportunities we have out there so it's very important we score in the red zone and that's why we're putting an emphasis and focus on it."

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