Virginia players will have nothing handed to them this offseason, not even their jersey numbers.
Players will go through spring drills without numbers on their jerseys or helmets as new coach Bronco Mendenhall tries to instill an appreciation by the players for being able to play for the Cavaliers.
“To be able to play for this school and this program,” Mendenhall told The Daily Progress, “it ought to be something they cherish. I don’t intend to skip over the foundational elements of really driving that point home.”
Players have been fighting for their numbers since winter conditioning. They took the field for spring practices Tuesday wearing plain black jerseys and tape on their helmets with their name. Mendenhall said he doesn’t anticipate players having jersey numbers until the Cavaliers kick off against Richmond on Sept. 3.
“If you start from the beginning of the offseason program and you take the body of work from the offseason program through spring practice, through the summerRead More »from Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall making players earn their numbers