The Virginia football team opened its 2011 training camp with a workout Friday afternoon that, for most of the players, lasted just more than two hours.
For freshman wide receiver Dominique Terrell (Osbourn), the practice was significantly shorter. Shortly after the end of the stretching period, Coach Mike London walked Terrell off the field and led him to Virginia Executive Associate Athletic Director Jon Oliver. Following a brief discussion, an academic adviser guided Terrell into the McCue Center. Terrell did not return to the workout.
London speaks with the media before training camp sessions and was not made available for comment afterward. When asked whether London would comment on Terrell’s early-practice departure, an athletic department spokesman said the coach would address the issue Saturday.
Here are some other notes from Day One of Virginia’s training camp:
Freshman cornerback Demetrious Nicholson worked with the first team defense Friday and made several impressive plays. Nicholson said taking reps on the first team unit from Day One of training camp was something the Virginia coaches had discussed with him during his recruitment.
“I knew I still had to come in and work regardless, so I’m just out here working,” Nicholson said. “Being out here with the ones is an opportunity I’ve got to take advantage of.” …
None of the four quarterbacks entrenched in the battle for the starting job stood out Friday. London reiterated there is no timetable for making a decision on which of the four – sophomore Michael Rocco, redshirt sophomore Ross Metheny, redshirt freshman Michael Strauss or freshman David Watford – will start for the Cavaliers in the season opener against William & Mary. …
London said senior offensive tackle Landon Bradley, redshirt sophomore Bobby Smith and sophomore fullback Billy Skrobacz have not been medically cleared to practice, and thus, none of them participated in Friday’s workout.
Senior defensive tackle Matt Conrath missed Friday’s practice to attend a wedding.
London said several players either would be late to practice or miss practice entirely while attending summer school classes or otherwise attending to academic work. Senior wide receiver Kris Burd did not participate in Friday’s workout. A few players filtered in after the practice had begun. …
Near the end of practice, coaches herded the freshmen and the quarterbacks to one of the practice fields for extra drill work while the rest of the team ran sprints and stretched on the other field. The freshmen, regardless of their position, worked on catching passes, among other things.
London had said he had two main goals for the freshmen on their first day of training camp: 1) Make sure none of them passed out, and 2) make sure they get lined up correctly.
“This is new for them,” London said. “Even though they were here for transition program and summer school, you can’t duplicate what’s getting ready to happen until you go through it.”