Virginia Training Camp Report for Aug. 15

VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM The hard work continues as the Cavaliers enter the halfway mark of training camp.
The hard work continues as the Cavaliers enter the halfway mark of training camp.
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    Aug. 15, 2007

    After two practices on Tuesday, the Cavaliers were back to a lone practice this afternoon. Competition and evaluation continue as Al Groh and his coaching staff prepare for the 2007 campaign.

    One of the most hotly contested areas is at wide receiver as several candidates, including Cary Koch and Staton Jobe, vie to move into the spot opened up with the injury suffered by Kevin Ogletree.

    "On a day-to-day basis, there's certain guys who stand out," said Groh. "The way one of our coaches expressed it in one of our staff meetings is `evaluating our receivers is like watching a baseball game inning by inning.' Unless somebody scores 10 runs in one inning, it's probably going to take the full nine innings to find out who wins. That's kind of the way it's going with the receivers.

    "One drill or one day, one guy will make some plays and the next day somebody else seems to catch up. This thing is probably going to play itself out for a while."

    Koch and Jobe are in their second training camp, while the newcomers are going through the process for the first time. For the freshmen in their first camp with high school experience at several positions, it becomes a combination of what is best for that player and what is best for the team.

    With training camp hitting the midway point, the staff continues to work with many of these young players to find the best fit. "We put them in different slots and give them some coaching and orientation to what they're doing," said Groh. "Now we're integrating them into some team work as well as doing some after-practice scrimmaging with them. We want to teach them some things and give them a chance to know what they're doing before we start evaluating them or continuing their development."

    One newcomer who has already been slotted for a position is long snapper Danny Aiken. "We're impressed with what Danny's done," Groh said today. "As has been our expectation, he's got the most velocity on the ball coming back that we've had in our snap operations since we've been here."

    Wednesdays' Question of the Day

    What is the biggest key to surviving camp?
    Will Barker: Rest and recovery.
    Patrick Slebonick: Just being mentally ready.
    Branden Albert: Relaxation
    Gordie Sammis: Water
    Cary Koch: Getting as much rest whenever you can and get in the ice tub whenever you can.
    Nate Collins: Rest
    Chris Dalton: Taking care of your body, stretching, icing down.
    Byron Glaspy: Hydrating, getting in the ice tub, stretching.

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