Brian Leung of Streaking the lawn and I exchanged questions and answers this week about the upcoming Indiana-Virginia game. My answers to Brian's questions can be found here. His answers to my questions are below.
1. One year and one game into the Mikeera, how to Virginia fans feel? Was it a popular hire? Are you happy with the progress so far? Do you think he is the right coach to maximize Virginia's potential as a program?
2. Your quarterback, Michael Rocco, posted some solid numbers against William & Mary. When I previewed UVa in July, the position was wide open. Is there any sense of whether Rocco is secure in the job or whether some of the others might see meaningful playing time this season?
4. Al Groh's last team was decent on defense and mostly bad on offense (other than hanging 47 on some hapless non-conference opponent). Mike London's first team was pretty solid on offense and bad on defense. What accounts for that sudden transformation.
5. As noted in the last question, Virginia struggled on defense this year, but was very good last week against W&M. Was this progress or simply a consequence of the opposition, and why?
Changing up the 4-3 made a big difference. We also moved some linebackers around to utilize some of these guys a little better. LaRoy Reynolds moved over to the weak-side position and has a lot more room to cover now. That said, I have no real choice but to chalk it up to weak competition there. W&M's scoring drive late in the game did at least expose some holes in Virginia's defense -- nothing I can put my finger on, but 63 yards in 11 plays is nothing to scoff at. I think there has been progress -- there better have been progress -- but I also think this weekend's matchup will be more telling.