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Virginia Tech and UVA prepare for 2013

By Karen Loftus, kloftus@wdbj7.com
Published On: Jul 21 2013 10:40:07 PM EDT
Jack Tyler and Logan Thomas on ACC Football Media Day

Jack Tyler and Logan Thomas in Greensboro, N.C. representing the Hokies for ACC Football Kick-off.

Greensboro, N.C. -

College Football kicks-off in just over a month, and Sunday, players met with the media to discuss the coming season at the annual ACC Football Kick-off in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Virginia Tech's Jack Tyler and Logan Thomas represented Virginia Tech as they get set to return to the field after a disappointing 7- win season last year. As the season approaches, the Hokies are putting last year behind them, ready to roll with new offensive coordinator, Scott Loeffler.

“We're extremely excited,” Thomas said. “For me, every single day is something new I can learn from coach. It's something that will make this team better every single day. It's been fun getting to know them thus far. But once August 5th hits and we're allowed to be around each other more often, I’ll just be able to understand what his mind is like.”

“The biggest thing I've seen this off-season with the new coaching staff is the energy they bring,” Tyler said. “That culture shock we've had because we haven't had new coaches in so long and we finally got some new offensive coaches, the energy level is that much higher.”

As for the University of Virginia, seniors Jake Snyder and Morgan Moses made the trip to represent the Cavaliers.  Two seasons ago, The University of Virginia's football team seemed to have arrived, finishing the year at (8-5), but last year, the Cavs took a step backwards, winning just four games.

Now in Mike London's fourth season, things are a bit tougher for the men from Charlottesville. The Cavaliers open against BYU and then Oregon. They're also a very young team with just 8 seniors; however, the team isn't worried about the lack of experience. Their leaders are just focused on developing the younger guys and contributing all they can.

“It is such a unique opportunity since there's so few of us,” Snyder said. “My class was one where a lot of guys did not redshirt. I'm one of three, four or five guys that are a fifth year.  That being the case, being around five years, you're going to be looked-up to no matter what.”

“Having so many starts and career starts and things like that,” Moses said, “a lot of guys look up to us. I think that's one thing I've developed this Spring and being more of a vocal leader and just going out there and playing.”