Cavs Seek Answers to Struggles on Offense

Virginia quarterback David Watford says he was so frustrated following Saturday's loss at Pittsburgh that he didn't even bother to shower.

Watford didn't talk to reporters on Saturday afternoon either, instead heading straight to the team bus after completing just 15-of-37 passes for 123 yards following the Cavaliers' 14-3 loss. And upon returning to Charlottesville that night, Watford and some of his receivers immediately went to work, running routes and catching passes.

They were out working again Sunday morning. And on Monday, Watford said the offense is motivated by knowing they didn't make the plays necessary to beat the Panthers.

"That's really something that I said to the guys after the game. That we have to expect it in practice; we have to demand it out of each other," said Watford, whose final statistics suffered from 10 drops by his receivers.

"The defense played a great game, but offensively we have to step it up, and we have to get to their level. And we have to be able to just execute," Watford said. "They say defense wins championships, but offense puts points on the board. So we have to be able to score for us to be able to win games."

Through four games, UVa ranks 13th out of 14 teams in the ACC in both scoring offense (20.2 points per game) and total offense (322.2 yards per game). Subtract their 49-point outburst against FCS-level VMI, and the Cavaliers have put up just 32 points this season.

"It's disappointing about where we are. The facts and the statistics don't lie about that part of it," coach Mike London said Monday.

"We want to see production. We want to see improvement," London said. "Because you see it defensively. You see a new scheme that's being played, and that's being executed well right now."

Both units are playing for new coordinators this season, with Jon Tenuta coaching the defense, and Steve Fairchild running the offense. Fairchild has drawn the ire of some UVa fans, with a "Fire Steve Fairchild" Twitter account surfacing during last Saturday's game.

But Watford came to the defense of his coordinator on Monday.

"It's not his fault," he said. "We as an offense have to just go out on the field and just execute, and just show them that we can do the type of stuff that we have. Because we have so much, but we haven't been able to do it because we're not able to execute right now."

"And it's nothing to try to hide, because we know it, and everybody else knows it," Watford added. "But we just have to go do it."

One place the Cavaliers have made changes heading into Saturday's home game against Ball State is on the depth chart. Junior Jay Whitmire is moving inside to right guard, after starting the first four games at right tackle, with true freshman Eric Smith filling that right tackle spot. And sophomore Adrian Gamble and true freshman Keeon Johnson are listed as potential starters at wide receiver. Neither has started a game in college, with Johnson yet to appear in a game.

"The changes, the fixes, the things that we're doing all address to make sure that we can be productive," London explained.


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