Cavalier Camp: Day 3 Notebook

Cavalier Camp: Day 3 Notebook

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.- The Cavaliers held their third day of fall practice on Wednesday. Here are some notes from the practice.

Pads and helmets were on as Virginia took to the field on Wednesday night for the third day of practice.

Here is Mike London speaking to the media before practice.

Pads and helmets were on as Virginia took to the field on Wednesday night for the third day of practice.

Here are some quick takeaways:

Offensive Line: There was some reshuffling at the line-don’t over think it. Conner Davis moved to right tackle from left tackle, while Sadiq Olanrewaju moved to left tackle on the first team. Eric Smith was at right tackle on the second team, everything else stayed the same on the first team. Again, as said in the beginning, do not over think the position change. This is the third day of practice, and the staff are looking at the depth and who can slot where.

There were a few good things that I saw from the line, they definitely had some moments where they created space and allowed Kevin Parks and company to find the holes. In one 11-on session it seemed the line even got the better of the defense.

Offense: The team once again worked at a fast pace. The team worked a little on red zone situations, where both Donte Wilkins and Taquan Mizzell had some bright moments. Greyson Lambert continued to work with the first team, while Matt Johns and David Watford fought for time with the 2s.

Daniel Hamm had a very nice block against Henry Coley on 11-on, where he allowed Watford plenty of time to get a big gain with a toss to Andre Levrone.

Keeon Johnson still looked like the number one guy with Levrone, Wilkins and Canaan Severin also getting a lot of reps with the 1s. Donovan Dowling is one I would like to point to as one to watch. He was placed with the 3s and 2s, however, he seems to be picking up the offense very, very quickly.

Defense:Wednesday, however, was pretty much dominated by the defense. During 11-on and 7-on work, the DBs did some work, with Anthony Harris showing great coverage in the red zone; Maurice Canady having a pass breakup, which should have been an interception; and Quin Blanding continued to pick things up quickly. The defensive line headed up by Eli Harold and David Dean seemed to get the better of the O-line for most of the night.

Notes:

  • Incoming freshman defensive tackle Andrew Brown is slowly looking more comfortable as he eases into more team drills.

  • London said Ian Frye is still battling a back issue, but should be okay. The head coach also says he would love for Frye and Alec Vozenilek to split kicking duties this season, with Vozenilek taking control on punts, Frye on field goals and possibly Dylan Sims on kickoffs.

  • The 'Hoos separated a few moments for special teams on Wednesday. London says Taquan Mizzell "has an opportunity to be special" on returns, other guys there include Khalek Shepard and Andre Levrone.

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