Mike London has only had one winning season out of the three he's been the head coach at the University of Virginia. This year, London and the players are looking to get back on the winning track.
The Cavaliers finished last season 4-8 but with new coordinators on Offense, Defense and Special teams, it's time for the Wahoos to return to their 8-win season two years ago.
“I think there's a little bit of adjustment with that,” London said. “But the attitude of the players is one of eagerness, ready to play, wanting to play. When you look at the schedule, it's challenging-- eight home games that we're excited about. So I think all those things put into the mix are part of the ingredients to success.”
With energy a lot higher, the team still has to decide who will be taking the snaps under center. David Watford and Redshirt Freshman Greyson Lambert are the two fighting for the job, which Mike London hopes to have resolved early in camp. Heading-in London didn't lean toward one specific candidate but praised Watford's development from year to year.
“Listen to his demeanor very calm, cool, collected,” London said. “He's gained a vast amount of knowledge from having sat and having played and you become a better leader because of it. A lot of times through adversity you learn a lot about people and the kind of players that you are.”
Greyson Lambert/ Virginia Quarterback: “It would be a huge honor,” Lambert said. “I came here wanting to play for the University of Virginia. I was recruited by these guys and I love Charlottesville and I love the team. I feel like we're all a huge family.”
“During my redshirt year,” Watford said, “I really took practice as my game day. I would just go out and do everything that I could. I would go all-out during practice and just compete and I would just use that for myself and compare that to a game. During that year I just took the time to figure out what kept me from playing.”
As high as London is on Watford, he said it's only fair to give Lambert the chance to show his development too, come Monday afternoon's practice