In lieu of a more traditional spring game, Virginia opened up its final spring football practice to the public.
In Mendenhall's mind, his team needs the practice and doesn't have the roster depth to make a game-like scrimmage worthwhile. Instead, Virginia — which went from 2-10 in his first season to 6-7 and a bowl game last year — will hold the workout at 2 p.m. at Scott Stadium.
"I like this as the step, more of what we have to do on the way to what we want to do," Mendenhall said. "I would prefer a spring game. I'd prefer it to be competitive. I'd prefer jobs to still be on the line in competition where the game had relevance. I'd love for it to be the next step of assessing talent in a competitive setting and ongoing competitions to drive what our roster looks like going into the fall. We're just currently not to that place."
Reminder, it's year three of the Bronco Mendenhall era, and by the big whistle's own admission, the program is not in a place to hold an exhibition scrimmage.
Yet, some fans came out to watch. And bonus, the event included a balloon artist, photo booth, face painting, and cornhole. For TKP's record keeping purposes, the final practice will replace the spring game in the TKP annals.
Cool moment at today's @UVAFootball spring game when @kiser_rollin heard his name called. @RamsNFL know a thing or two about drafting stud #Wahoos. pic.twitter.com/DogcQmy6Ds— Dave Koehn (@wahoovoice) April 28, 2018