There Were This Many Fans at UVa's Spring Game

A screen grab coming back from halftime

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I was unable to track down an official attendance number, but UVa spring game jokes will continue for another year. More grabs are here and here. Thanks, 'Hoos. If you're interested in reading actual football things about the scrimmage, a few writers were among the masses at Scott Stadium.

From Mark Giannotto's recap, UVa's new offense was a bit of a mess.

But Saturday's spring game only confirmed that the Cavaliers will need to solve many of the same problems that ailed them during last year's 4-8 campaign. In a defense-dominated scrimmage that featured 14 sacks and three safeties, Virginia proved its quarterback situation remains in flux, especially with an offensive line that couldn't open up holes in the running game.

Even the final score, with the Orange team besting the Blue team, 18-15, added to the intrigue because backup quarterback Greyson Lambert accounted for two Orange-squad touchdown drives, compared with just one orchestrated by No. 1 option David Watford.

Phillip Sims remains UVa's third string QB.

Andrew Ramspacher details what might have been the play of the afternoon, a 13-yard punt.

Vozenilek felt he had time to pull it off. Yes, the junior wasn't automatically giving this play to the defense.

"I just glanced to see if I had any space to pick it up and punt it like that," Vozenilek said. "I saw that I did, so I did that. If somebody was right on me, I probably would have dove right on it and dove in the end zone and taken a safety."

He turned what could have been a loss of 40-some yards and two points into a 13-yard punt.

The Scott Stadium crowd cheered in approval. The nearest official gave Vozenilek a high-five.

After all, this game didn't need another safety.

According to Michael Phillips, the Cav's defensive front seven looked every bit as good as their counterparts on the offensive line looked bad. David Teel noted their dominance too.

Sure, defensive linemen Brent Urban, Eli Harold, Jake Snyder and David Dean merit props. But there's no denying the o-lines, absent projected left guard starter Conner Davis (knee) Saturday, need work.

Even though this was only Virginia's 12th practice of the spring, it'll be the last time they'll be on display to the public. Mike London decided to use his squad's final 3 practices to prepare for BYU, Oregon and Georgia Tech. We want everyone to feel good about their team at the end of spring ball, Hoos included, so BilldozerVT made a video for y'all.

#BEATOREGON.

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lol angry mike london at 1:38ish

remember that time we set off the richter scale jumping to "enter, sandman"?

wahoowa

LMAO!

I support Coach Frank Beamer.

VT '10, Born & Raised in the 804. Hokies, Keydets, Army Black Knights, NY Giants, NY Rangers, and ATL Braves.

ha can he really call that few people a crowd

tyrod did it mikey! tyrod did it!

What!? David Sims is 3rd string? I thought he was supposed to be the second-coming! Silly Hoos..

Let's see...I left Bama to be (ahem) closer to home (grandmother)...which means I felt slighted and deserved to be the starter (you know, ahead of they guy who just won a NC). So, I go to UVA where I'll instantly be a success.

Wait, what??!!...I'm third string! Come on coach, there were 8-10 fans in the stands cheering for me. You guys suck, I'm transferring to Richmond. Wait, what??!!...Rocco already went there (and I couldn't beat him out, right). Does JMU have a starter? I have a cousin who lives in Harrisonburg and I need to be near them.

We put the K in Kwality

good lord, Richmond does not need any more UVA hand me downs. thanks, but no thanks.

His dad has some kidney disease and gets weekly treatments at UVA. He transferred for legitimate reasons.

But he sucks.

Well the number of fans did beat another number.

More fans at the spring game than wins against Tech this millennium.

#38-0

14 sacks??? You know London is trying to get that put in the UVA record books.

“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” - David Wilson

"We are better than we think, but not quite what we want to be" - Nikki Giovanni

Did Mike London practice his time management? I bet he gave himself unlimited timeouts and iced his kickers for 45 minutes.

haha yeah, I had to dig up the post for that. I lol'd so hard the first time I saw it.

I am always drunk when I make my videos.

seems like more than last year. . .

"We're your family right?!? You love your family right?!?"-Dadi Nicholas
"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

A little bit bigger. Someone estimated 7500 people. I think that was Norm Wood.

LOLUVA

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

@VT_Warthog

Anyone here going to be at today's scrimmage? Posting notes. I wish I could be there...3.5 hrs away makes it tough...will be there April 20 though with fam in tow.

“I hope that they’re not going to have big eyes and pee down their legs so to speak,” -- Bud Foster

i'll be there. my phone is currently broken so i probably won't be able to live tweet, but i'll definitely post my notes (and hopefully pictures) afterwards

how great would it be if a UVA fan watched the first couple sec and thought "OH HELL YEAH" thinking it was legit and posted it up on some uva message boards.

I am always drunk when I make my videos.

That would warrant some good ol' #LOLUVA and #goacc hashtags.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

@VT_Warthog

Ok, some semi-official info. I was there (I have a job that put me there, close to the action. It's an ugly job, but hey, somebody's gotta do it.)

Attendance: roughly, between 7K & 8K...I'd lean toward the lower end of that range. In true wahoo fashion, about 20% of the crowd left at halftime.

The writers were VERY kind to the wahoo offense. The O-line played incredibly bad. Most of the press I've seen talked about the "dominating" performance of the defensive front 7. They don't spread the fertilizer that thick in the fields, folks. It was such a bad performance that, at one point, the O-line coach was riding the first team, prompting him at one point to tell them "some of you guys are going to find yourself on second team". Not that the second team was fairing much better, but hey a guy's gotta motivate the troops, right?

The skill players don't seem to play particularly fast. WRs didn't seem to run crisp routes. None of the backs looked impressive, but I hesitate to criticize too much, since the line play was so incredibly pathetic. There were a lot of incomplete passes. For a team that supposedly wants to emphasize the run, there were a lot of pass attempts. No wahoo QB was particularly effective, which sets up a nice three-way competition in the fall. Last year London only had two QB's to choose from. Let the hilarity ensue.

The defensive line seems a bit undersized. This likely fits into Tenuta's scheme, since they'd like to have a fast, mobile, attacking defense, with a lot of stress on blitz packages. If you remember Tenuta's tenure at GT, think similar schemes, only with the stench of wahoo this time. The top DE, Eli Harold has not consistently been able to get the best of Morgan Moses in camp this year according to the local press, partly because of lack of size, despite being quicker. If memory serves me correctly, James Gayle had a nice afternoon both of the last two games against the hoos, so draw your own defensive comparisons. The defense posted three safeties in the game, two when the first team offense was going against the first team defense. One of these was when Watford (starting QB) was touched in the end zone.

A word about "special" teams (in quotes, because if you saw it Saturday, you'd wonder why they were called special). The fact that the hoos hired a new special teams coach this year has been a point of emphasis in the news around cville, and if Saturday's performance is any indication, any time the punt team steps on the field this year, it indeed promises to be special....usually for the opposing team. I don't recall seeing any punt that spiraled off the kicker's foot. There were no booming kicks. The punt returners weren't allowed to actually return kicks, so we don't know too much about that, but on the plus side for the wahoos, there weren't any kicks bouncing off facemasks (see the UVA-Wake game from last year, as a hilarious reference). There were no kick-offs, so we have no info on what they will look like. There was a blocked extra point attempt (it looked like it hit the back of one of the linemen). The highlight play of the day, which drew the largest applause of the day from the crowd was (I'm not making this up) a 13-yard punt, which occurred after the snap went over the punters head, rolling to the goal line before the punter picked it up, and was able to get what was arguably the best kick of the day off.

A few notes on coaching, and the hoos in general:

  • The ACC was experimenting with an eight man crew, and it drove the coaches nutty. They were riding the refs...in what is effectively a scrimmage. That's gotta be embarrassing.
  • The wahoo tv show "The Building of a Program" was shown on the scoreboard prior to the spring game. This constitutes the highest ratings the show has ever had.
  • Most semi-intelligent football programs have their spring game as the last practice of the fifteen NCAA-allowed spring session. The wahoos still have three remaining practices. I'm assuming that someone somewhere has some semi-logical reasoning for this.
  • The orange team (second team O, first team D) beat the blue squad (first team O, second team D) 18-15. The first team was able to make the game appear closer than it was by scoring a late touchdown with less than a minute remaining, partly because one of the refs felt sorry for them and called a dubious pass interference penalty in the end zone on a fourth down play.

The idea of these spring games is to solve some football related questions (who can play, solve position battles, etc.), to generate some buzz/give the fans a little bone to chew on until fall, and put a positive spin on the upcoming season. UVA (I know it's hard to believe folks) failed on all counts.

Oh, and in case you didn't know, Mike London was a cop.

#LOLUVA once again.

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

Oh this made my day so much better!

It's a great day to be a Hokie!

Oh, btw....a couple of ancillary thoughts....

cavman rode through at the start of the game, but dissappointingly, did not fall off his horse.

I ran into a guy in Starbucks yesterday here, and as I do quite often when I see someone in VT gear (he had a Tech shirt on) I said "nice shirt!" He mentioned that he was headed to Blacksburg to visit his daughter (vet sci major, I think he said). The most interesting thing he said was that his brother is the aforementioned cavman. So cavman's niece is a Hokie. Bet their family gatherings are fun.

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

Are you, too, a Hokie in Hoo'ville? Or were just in the area for work?

(NOTE: I live in C'ville.)

I'm about 99.9% sure that his username, InEnemyTerritory, is a play on him being a Hokie living in Charlottesville.

Assumed as much, but maybe he lived here when he created the account and has since moved.

Indeed a resident! (ok, nearby....fluvanna co.) But I work in town.

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

The clip at around 1:15 makes me smile and laugh every time.

1:45-2:00....perfect hahaha i could watch that a million times. How bad do yall think itll be this year?

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

Attendance wasn't poor if it's relative.

lolol

(trolling thesabre during class)

Twitter ===> @PattyLighttt

He's right, I was somewhat impressed with their 8K fans. That's not bad, considering, youknow...they don't care about football.

I thought it was interesting that they moved it to the 12th practice instead of the 15th. That's basically London admitting that he doesn't think the fanbase will support the spring game like a legitimate program. Basically, he cancelled the spring game and had an open scrimmage.

Obviously, 38-0 was not that bad a beatdown since it could have been much worse. That was relative as well.

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

"a few writers were among the masses at Scott Stadium."

Are you sure "a few writers" weren't the entirety of the "masses at Scott Stadium"???

What's Important Now

No, cause nobody cares about LOLUVA football that much to have that many writers interested in their football program.

@CaptKirkVT10

I love the last clip, I laugh every time.. "the first thing that strikes you was the size of the guys had gotten a lot smaller"

Kendall Fuller - future Thorpe winner
(STOP CRYING ABOUT DOWNVOTES)

Amazing video but whats up with the dr pepper ad?

West Virginian by birth, Hokie by choice

Yeah, loved the vid, but I have to admit I was a bit puzzled by that clip, too.

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

Being that the ACC is sponsored by Dr Pepper (hence the Dr. Pepper ACC Championship game) That annoying commercial was played ever timeout during virtually EVERY Raycom noon snoozer. Pitbull + Dr Pepper = #goacc

I am always drunk when I make my videos.

Ok...I just didn't make the mental connection (something that my wife accuses me of often, on a variety of subjects).

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

I see what you did there. Although, if the spring game is any indication, their "fans" would see all those commercials anyway

West Virginian by birth, Hokie by choice

In other news, did you all see where 50,000 were at UK's spring game?? That's unbelievable, for them especially.

"Tyrod, looking desperately, now throws it deep, has a man open, CAUUUGHT! Danny Coale, all the way!"

I have 3 favorite teams. VT, Kentucky, and whoever the hell is playing Tennessee.

Living on the TN/VA state line and am way too excited for 2016.

I wish we could swap conferences with Kentucky. They're known for their b-ball (a sport many know I'm indifferent towards (and I can't stand the NBA)), we're known for our Football.

I support Coach Frank Beamer.

VT '10, Born & Raised in the 804. Hokies, Keydets, Army Black Knights, NY Giants, NY Rangers, and ATL Braves.

they're excited for the Mark Stoops era. He already got a rb transfer from nebraska so it looks like they're starting off right over there in wildcat land.

Kendall Fuller - future Thorpe winner
(STOP CRYING ABOUT DOWNVOTES)

I have a feeling FSU will really miss him running their defense. Which makes me think that we have a pretty good shot at getting that December match up against the hated Clemson Tigers.

I support Coach Frank Beamer.

VT '10, Born & Raised in the 804. Hokies, Keydets, Army Black Knights, NY Giants, NY Rangers, and ATL Braves.

Miami had a mid-season showing for their spring game.

Whenever we mock the candy canes' lack of attendance on ESPN, the true-believers will always say something like "everybody's too busy clubbin in South Beach" or something similar. We need to erase last year, by beating Thug U once again.

I support Coach Frank Beamer.

VT '10, Born & Raised in the 804. Hokies, Keydets, Army Black Knights, NY Giants, NY Rangers, and ATL Braves.

Why would they even have the upper deck open?

VT '10 #AllMaroonEverything

Honestly, if you really want to analyze the plays, that's the best seat. For spectating purposes, being down low is best. I found that out when I went to Pitt. The amount of things you can see from up high really help when you want to see a play develop. From there, I was able to see Kyshoen's hole for his punt return, saw RVD coming up for the block, all well ahead of it happening. It's like getting a press box seat where you can watch how the defense responds, who covers where, and the routes the receivers run. Often times, you want that kind of view for a Spring Game just to see how players are developing in their roles.

all of that for the spring game? That's like us doing enter sandman on Saturday. Silly miami

Kendall Fuller - future Thorpe winner
(STOP CRYING ABOUT DOWNVOTES)

they just need to build a 40k seater somewhere closer than a 45 minute drive from their campus

"We're your family right?!? You love your family right?!?"-Dadi Nicholas
"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

It's insane that a football school like Miami doesn't have their own football stadium. It's bad for the ACC

but...but they have 5 National Championships and keep saying "Da U is Back!"

I support Coach Frank Beamer.

VT '10, Born & Raised in the 804. Hokies, Keydets, Army Black Knights, NY Giants, NY Rangers, and ATL Braves.

Not when you compare it to all the infractions they've had.
Side note, Pitt uses the Steelers field

West Virginian by birth, Hokie by choice

That would be a nice turnout for a Dolphins game.