London Wants Watford More Involved in Running Game

Mike London and his staff have had more than a week to watch the tape from No. 2 Oregon's dominant 59-10 performance at Scott Stadium earlier this month.

And Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota's 122-yard rushing performance may have impacted the Virginia gameplan -- on offense.

London talked after the loss to the Ducks about his team needing to find its identity offensively. On Monday at his VMI week news conference, London revisited that topic -- and the first thing he mentioned was getting quarterback David Watford more involved in the UVa running game.

"I think David is a guy that can run the ball," London told reporters. "I think that's something coming out of these two games against two good teams that in order to go forward, he's going to have to have that type of impact for defensive coordinators while they're game planning."

"We all know trying to devise a game plan for Mariota, guys that are mobile, it causes some issues for you."

"It throws a defense into fits," said junior tight end Zachary Swanson. "You've got to not only honor the run with a running back. And then the play-action pass off that, or the deep routes, whatever. But then now, all of a sudden you have, "Oh wait. We have this really fast quarterback that can, you know, if everything breaks down he can go and he can make for himself.""

Watford only has 18 yards on 18 carries through Virginia's first two games. The Cavaliers as a team have rushed for 233 total yards.

Another change London mentioned was taking more chances downfield in the passing game. Virginia's longest pass play through two games is a 20-yard reception by Darius Jennings against BYU.

"I think it's just a matter of doing it and doing it consistently enough that teams have to defend the vertical threat," London said. "As we talked about how that fits in with David, his ability to run, I think will help the running game, and I think it will help the passing game being able to throw the ball down the field."


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