Virginia kicked off its fall camp with an open practice on Monday night. The Cavaliers, who are juggling the last week of summer classes and the first week of practice, moved practice to the evening.
Here are some takeaways from the first practice, and remember this is just the first practice, and the ‘Hoos are still only wearing jerseys and shorts, no pads.
Here a few links to interview from the first day of practice:
A few injuries to note from day one, defensive tackle Andrew Brown did not participate in many of the drills. London says Brown has only been cleared for individual drills by the doctors. Senior cornerback Demetrious Nicholson and redshirt freshman Malcolm Cook did not participate during Monday’s practice and neither did Malcolm Cook. Nicholson is no longer in the boot that was seen during UVa’s 7-on-7 camp back in June, however, he is still in recovery-remember he missed seven games last season due to a turf tow; while Cook was on crutches with a wrapped knee. “Malcolm is obviously out physically because of his issue,” said UVa head coach Mike London. “He’ll be assigned to the training room right now, but we expect him to be back and be able to participate soon.”
Offensive Line: A lot of questions is being asked about this group, especially with Jay Whitmire suffering with a back injury, that could leave him out for a portion of the season. During practice today, the first team looked like this: Eric Smith at right tackle, Ross Burbank at right guard, Connor Davis at left tackle and Ryan Doull at left guard.
Quarterbacks: Greyson Lambert got the majority of the reps with the 1s over Matt Johns and David Watford. Brendan Marshall and incoming freshman Corwin Cutler did not get any reps with the 1s and onlyparticipated in drills. Lambert had some good moments with a couple of passes to Keeon Johnson, Andrew Levrone and Taquan Mizzell. He was not perfect, however, he does look to be the starter headed to the season
Wide Receivers: This is an area that the Wahoos are not short of talent. It is a deep roster at wide out. Darius Jennings, Keeon Johnson, Andre Levrone and Caanan Severin were very impressive on Monday, although I am waiting for when the pads come on for a better assessment. Miles Gooch and Jamil Kamara rotated in the 1s as well, and Kamara said he is adjusting well to college life, and he says he is slowly learning the playbook.
Running Back: This looks like business as usual for Kevin Parks, Khalek Shepard and Taquan Mizzell. Mizzell had some good moments during practice, and showed a lot more confidence this time than last fall at this point.
Of course All-American Anthony Harris lined up at strong safety, however, incoming freshman and five –star Quin Blanding joined him with the 1s. At corner Maurice Canady and Brandon Phelps received reps and no surprises at linebacker with Max Valles, Henry Coley and Daquan Romero lining up. The d-line also looked very familiar with a much bigger Eli Harold lined up at defensive end with Mike Moore and David Dean and Donte Wilkins lined up at defensive tackle.
There were a couple people watching of note on Monday night. Washington (D.C) Wilson linebacker Kareem McDonald was watching practice this evening. He was decked out in UVa gear, and seemed once again blown away by the Wahoos. He is set to announce on Tuesday at 2 p.m., and Tuesday does seem to be a Cavalier kindof day. More on that later on.
Also taking in practice were members of the basketball team. London Perrantes, Justin Anderson, Devon Hall and Darius Thompson were all on hand taking in practice.