The offenses dominated in the Cavaliers' spring game at Charlottesville, gaining 796 total yards as the Orange team outscored the White, 41-31.
A strong offense is to be expected at Virginia, where the unit returns virtually intact from last season. That offense encountered little resistance yesterday from the defense, which was without seven starters from last year's squad that held opponents to 19 points and 349 yards per game, second in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
"We have so much experience and talent on offense that during the spring our defense has been under a strain and hasn't been able to catch up," said Coach George Welsh. "I think that's why there was so much offense today."
Virginia was 8-2-2 in 1984, giving the Cavaliers back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1951-1952.
On New Year's Eve, Virginia defeated Purdue in the Peach Bowl, 27-24, in the school's first postseason appearance.
Reconstructing the defense will be the top priority for Welsh, whose entire secondary will walk down the Lawn for graduation in May, including third-team all-America Lester Lyles.
Converted quarterback Kevin Ferguson, who subbed for the injured Lyles in the Peach Bowl, probably will be the only established starter.
On offense, experienced reserves will be available to replace lost starters. In the backfield, fourth-year fullback Antonio Rice will join the tailback platoon of Howard Petty (the Peach Bowl MVP) and Barry Word (1,029 all-purpose yards in 1984).
Yesterday, Word gained 177 yards on 14 carries and scored two touchdowns.
Redshirt first-year man Kevin Morgan gained 105 yards on 10 attempts.
Don Majkowski (1,235 yards passing, eight touchdowns passing, five touchdowns rushing) emerged as the Cavaliers' starting quarterback last fall after relieving Ferguson in the first five games.
A proven offensive line and fleet receivers will make Majkowski's job easier.
"One thing we got out of this spring is that we concentrated on our passing game," said Welsh. "We're a much higher percentage passing team now than we have been before.
"We have a good offense and we should be able to move the ball if we don't make mistakes and we hang on to the ball.
"Defensively, it's up in the air, which is the opposite of our situation last year."