Coach Mike London's call to the U.Va. community
U.Va. Student Body:
Thank you for your support last Saturday at Scott Stadium! Your energy and enthusiasm were crucial to the team’s success in our victory over BYU.
After a great start to the season, we need to keep our momentum going this weekend. With No. 2 Oregon coming to town on Saturday, the national spotlight will be on Charlottesville at 3:30 p.m. We need YOU to pack the student section. Come early, be loud, and set the tone for the rest of the stadium! I cannot wait to see our student section at its best on Saturday!
Oregon is known for its fast-paced, prolific offense. The Ducks accumulated 46 plays of 25 yards or more last season and 69 such plays during the 2011 season. Oregon is led on offense by sophomore quarterback Marcus Mariota, junior running back De’Anthony Thomas, and senior wide receiver Josh Huff. The Ducks’ offense runs a play every 17 seconds. The louder Scott Stadium is when the Oregon offense is on the field, the better!
While we were pleased with the win last weekend, we know we can and will need to play better starting Saturday. We’ll need to be balanced and efficient on offense to keep Oregon’s offense off the field. We’ve also noticed plenty of areas to improve defensively and we’ve been focused on schemes to counter the wide splits the Ducks’ offensive line presents. Our special teams play will also be important in all phases on Saturday.
There’s nothing like the buzz on Grounds during home football games and our plan is to continue to host games against strong competition. In addition to playing BYU and Oregon this season, we host UCLA to open the 2014 season and Boise State and Notre Dame in 2015.
Thanks for all you do to support Virginia football and I’ll see you on Saturday!
Head Coach Mike London