"It feels great," said Demetrious Nicholson after practice on Thursday morning. "I'm out here running around, still feel quick and still getting out there with my teammates. And that is the best feeling I've had..I haven't felt like this in a long time. It feels great."
The senior cornerback was sidelined after the Ball State game last season-suffering from turf toe.
UVa returns a plethora of seniors this year, 22 in fact. But that isn't the only thing remaining constant. Last season the defense was trying to learn about a new system brought by then new defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta. Now the team is ready and knows what to expect.
"He definitely wants you to do your job for one. He is going to go after you if you don't do your job," Nicholson said with a smile. "He is going to hold you to a high standard.And now that we know the defense pretty well from last spring, you see a lot of guys flying out faster. You can see what Coach Tenuta wants us to do, guys are aggressive, we are blitzing.. we are covering."
There is no doubt that there is a lot more energy surrounding this time this spring. Nicholson says the team can sense the excitement as the season draws closer.
"It is a different vibe, it is a different feeling that I don't know were it came from. It's a new start, we went 2 and 10 last year but we are going to leave that back there, and we are looking forward to the future."