UVA MEDIA DAY: Cavaliers Seek Return to Winning Ways


Disappointing. Tough.

Those are just a few of the words that members of the Virginia football team used at Friday's media day to describe the team's 4-8 season in 2012.

Last year we had a good team. I will fight that toe-to-toe with anybody," junior linebacker Henry Coley said. "But we all were just in too many different directions, and it collapsed on our heads."

Coming off the program's first bowl appearance in four seasons, the Cavaliers opened last year with back-to-back wins at home over Richmond and Penn State. But the six-game losing streak that followed ended the team's chances at a second straight postseason appearance.

"What happened last season, happened last season," UVa coach Mike London, entering his fourth season, said Friday. "The season before, guys experienced bowl opportunities. Well, now they've experienced what happened last year. And we want what happened the year before, the opportunity to continue to play."

London's players admitted feeling a sense of urgency entering Monday's first day of practice.

"We have six seniors. And we want to win now. And that's just something that we have to instill in the younger guys," said wide receiver Tim Smith.

"Just last week, we had a conversation in the locker room, talking about the bowl game. And that's something that we all want to get back to," Smith said. "We want to bring back the winning, after the down season that we had last year."

"Coach London's mindset even changed," said sophomore defensive end Eli Harold. "You can see it in his eyes. He's more passionate."

"When you're more into it, I guess the players see that, and they feed off that energy that you have. So I'm excited," Harold said. "I'm ready to rock, man. I can't wait."


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