Cavs Hope to Capitalize on Early Bye Week

College football players don't usually get many Saturdays off this time of year. But that doesn't mean they make big plans for their bye weekends.

"Definitely on the couch. Just hanging out, really," Virginia senior defensive tackle Brent Urban said Wednesday morning. "Try to stay off the feet as much as possible."

"Sleep in, turn your phone off, tell everybody to leave you alone around here, and just get some alone time or hang with your friends," agreed junior tight end Jake McGee.

The Cavaliers have their first of two bye weeks on their 2013 schedule this Saturday. Virginia sits at 1-1 after its first two games, following up a 19-16 win over BYU to open the season with last weekend's 59-10 loss to No. 2 Oregon.

"We've come together a lot," said Urban. "Last week was tough, but I think we'll be able to move from it a lot stronger. I mean, BYU, we played a great game. We've just got to kind of not get too down, not get too up. Kind of stay in the middle, and just keep going."

McGee says the team has spent much of this off week studying the tapes of those two games.

"The bye week is nice. Especially after two sort of top opponents," he said. "You get two strong weeks, and then you sort of see where you can improve. What you need to improve on. And you can sort of take it to the next level."

"I think right now it's about ourselves, and getting better every day," said Urban. "I think if we work on ourselves, get our fundamentals and basics down and stuff like that, we'll be able to come into the next week of preparation a lot stronger than if we hadn't had this bye week."

"It's still a new offense to the guys," McGee added. "We've been in it for a while now, but you want to get it down. Any new plays. What we do well; what we don't do well. So the coaches are seeing our strengths, our weaknesses, and really building around that this week and next week."

The Cavaliers play again on September 21, when they host VMI at Scott Stadium. That's the first of eight consecutive game weeks for Virginia, before the team's second open date on November 16.

Urban says the team will benefit from this early bye week.

"It's definitely good to get the legs back, and things like that so early," he explained. "Because we really haven't played any ACC ball yet, and that's what we're really focused on right now. And it's going to be really important to kind of hit that hard."


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