Virginia head football coach Mike London brought in new coordinators at every position during the recent offseason, and he also took on more coaching responsibility himself. London is helping coach the Cavaliers' defensive line this season, and he says it's been a refreshing change of pace.
"This is my sixth year being a head coach, and sometimes you get into the administrative things and running the team and the organization," he said during the first week of practice. "That's good, but I like to get involved as well.
"Having a chance to get back and have a little more influence with it has been something. It's been beneficial."
Sophomore defensive end Eli Harold says he noticed a change in his head coach starting in the spring.
"Coach London's mindset even changed," he said at UVa's annual media day. "You can see it in his eyes, he's more passionate.
"This last year he was basically a watchman. Not saying that's bad, but when you're more into it, I guess the players see that and feed off that energy that you have."
London previously coached the defensive line at UVa twice, and held the same position at William & Mary, Boston College, and with the Houston Texans. During training camp so far, London has proven to be more hands on with his players.
"We're going to try to find whatever we can, whoever we can to help bring all these players along," said London. "If I can add to that just from a technical standpoint with defensive line play, I'm more than willing to do that."