Virginia's football players reported for camp on Sunday, with the first practice Monday in Charlottesville.
Last year UVa's offensive line had the rare distinction of starting the same five players in all thirteen games. While two of those guys are gone, the line will be anchored by a pair of returning tackles, Oday Aboushi and Morgan Moses.
"Oday, he's one of the toughest, grittiest, rugged guys that I've known," said head coach Mike London of his senior captain.
"To play offensive line, you got to be a different breed I think," Aboushi added. "To want to get down and really demolish somebody and embrace your presence on them is something you grow up being."
Both Abousi on the left side and Moses on the right are on the Outland and Lombardi trophy watch lists as top linemen in the country.
"In football today you have got to be able to block defensive ends in the passing game," offensive coordinator Bill Lazor explains. "If you're big like we are, then hopefully you can actually gain an advantage of being bigger than people and knock them off the football."
Moses actually got smaller in the offseason, but says that is a good thing. After arriving in Charlottesville as a 355 pound freshman, he is down to 323.
He says his goal was to lose weight but keep his strength, and says he accomplished that by cutting out fried food and late night McDonald's runs. But it hasn't been easy.
"Somebody like David Watford that I live with, skinny guy in there cooking at 10:30 [at night]," Moses says of his quarterback roommate. "You're like man, that really smells good, I want to get some. So it's definitely hard."
London thinks both his tackles could be the next stars in a long history, "Virginia offensive linemen have done well here going on to the next level. I think that [Moses] has ramped up his preparation, his mind-set, his approach."
"Get faster, leaner, flexible," Moses said. "And just all those great things that linemen need."
Good things to hear for the Cavaliers' trio of tailbacks, and whoever wins the starting quarterback job.