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BYU a tall task to start UVa's season

By Brad Zahar, bzahar@wdbj7.com
Published On: Aug 26 2013 07:51:22 PM EDT
Updated On: Aug 27 2013 12:01:20 AM EDT

In Mike London's three seasons as Virginia's head coach, the Cavaliers have had just one winning season.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -

In Mike London's three seasons as Virginia's head coach, the Wahoos have had just one winning season.

But they'll try to reverse the trend starting Saturday at Scott Stadium against BYU.

“To build a dream season, you have to schedule tough opponents,” said Running Back Kevin Parks. “I feel like we’re ready for it and Saturday is going to be the big kickoff for us and everybody is excited.”

BYU won the last meeting between the schools back in 2000 with a 38-35 victory in overtime.

“I think any opening game or any opportunity to gauge as a barometer is obviously important,” said Head Coach Mike London. “They’re as good as they get and I think if you want to push the envelope and try and get yourself better you have to prepare from that standpoint.”

In his career as a Head Coach, London has NEVER lost a season-opener, whether at home or on the road.

UVa will rely on David Watford to lead them at Quarterback. Watford beat out Greyson Lambert early in camp for the starting position. London added, “The ability [David] has gained over the last couple of years, [he’s] at that point in his career where he’s been around enough to do those things."

London released assignments as to where the assistant coaches will be on game day. London along with new Special Teams Coordinator Larry Lewis will be on the sidelines. New Associate Head Coach, Tom O’Brien and new coordinators, Jon Tenuta (defense) and Steve Fairchild (offense) will be calling the plays from above in the press box.

Kickoff from Scott Stadium is set for 3:30.