Mike London had a light-hearted message for Malcolm Cook, when asked about the first-year safety this week.
"Welcome to college football," Virginia's football coach said with a smile.
"You're back there as a safety. There's a lot of things you have to do," London said. "And he's learning. And he may be one that may benefit from just having a year to soak."
Cook arrived at UVa this summer after spending his senior year playing for the prep team at nearby Fork Union Military Academy. The Richmond native made the most of his lone season with the Blue Devils, recording 96 tackles and nine interceptions, including four returned for touchdowns.
But the Cavaliers clearly aren't expecting a similar instant impact from Cook at the college level. Instead, London says a redshirt season this fall would probably suit Cook best long term.
"We want to make sure he's successful," London said. "And if this year he has to sit and watch and become a better student, then we'll do that."
"But he'll be a good player. He'll be a good player."