Spring Practice Notebook: March 18

HooNation was on hand for Virginia's third spring practice on Tuesday. Here are some notes from practice and a link to interview's from the day.

Mother nature had its way once again, but unlike last time the Cavaliers were able to get back to work inside the practice facility. It was the ‘Hoos third practice session this spring, so the pads were out. Here is a look at some of the main points from today.

Defense

Intense. That word sums up the defense on Tuesday. Jon Tenuta's men came to play this morning.

  • Tra Nicholson looks healthy and ready, the senior corner had an interception and along with Anthony Harris and Maurice Canady, had some of the biggest hits on 11-on work.

  • Andrew Brown once again took in reps with the first team at defensive tackle switching with Donte Wilkins for the spot, David Dean looks to be the starter once again with Chris Brathwaite still being evaluated.

    "He is still a work in progress, he is still having to acclimate to playing football," said London before practice on Tuesday about Brathwaite. "It has been a while since he had the chance to do that. Again today being a padded practice, there is more of an evaluation to see where he is at."

  • Jackson Matteo and Wilkins were fired up this morning. Those two were not letting up on one-on-one's, and coaches had them take another rep right after.

    Offense

  • Greyson Lambert took a little while to warm up, but he did end up having the best throw of the day towards the end to Keeon Johnson. Matt Johns got quite a few reps in today, and so did Watford, but Lambert looked to be the most impressive out of the bunch. However, his practices prior to spring break was undoubtedly better. Johns continues to be very inconsistent.

  • Taquan "Smoke" Mizzell says he is feeling a lot better and 100 percent fit. "It feels great, being able to be my normal self, feeling fast and quick, feels great," said Mizzell after Tuesday's practice.

    It shows. Mizzell showed great vision and he was living up to his nickname on Tuesday. The rising sophomore has joined the UVa track team this spring and you can see that it has affected him in a good way.

    "It has helped me out a lot with speed, technique and flexibility," he said. "I feel great. The experience from last year helped me out a lot."

    Basketball Assist

    Mike London was on hand in Greensboro, North Carolina, to see the Virginia men's basketball team lift the ACC tournament championship for the first time in 38 years. Now the UVa head coach is using Tony Bennett's squad as an example.

    " It's about players being selfless. It's about players taking up their roles, embracing that role," London explained to his players in a team meeting. "Look at the basketball team, Joe Harris, superstar in his own right, but is a guy saying what do I need to do to help this team win. That goes with any sport, in particular ours. Everybody has a role, embrace it, and do the best at their ability. Just know when they are successful at their role the team is successful."