“I spent eight years there. I went to graduate school there. I started my coaching career there. That’s where I was living when we got married and when [son] A.J. was born — so sure,’’ he said, when asked if Charlottesville was nostalgic for him.
“But am I going to talk about it when I’m there? No. I’ll be in the hotel room or I’ll be watching film or being in a meeting, or getting yelled at on the field. But I won’t be talking about the birth of my son, or anything like that.’’
Virginia uses two quarterbacks — sophomore Phillip Sims (92 of 165 for 1,115 yards and eight touchdowns, with four interceptions) and junior Michael Rocco (107 of 184 for 1,285 yards and eight touchdowns, with eight interceptions).
Rocco threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns last season in a 28-21 Virginia victory at Sun Life Stadium.
Last Saturday, UVA dominated North Carolina State 33-6 in Raleigh, N.C., with 446 yards of total offense. But Golden seemed more concerned with UVA’s six sacks and five forced turnovers. “Not just six sacks,’’ Golden said, “but they must have hit [the quarterback] a dozen times.’’
The Hurricanes will be without starting safety Deon Bush (shoulder) and likely without starting outside linebacker Denzel Perryman (ankle).
But all Golden can see is what the Canes do have, and that’s an opportunity to win that sixth game and hold tight to their Coastal Division lead.
He said the Hurricanes are learning how to be frontrunners.
“It’s difficult because it’s the first time that we’re navigating that,’’ Golden said. “We were pretty much out [of the race] by this time last year. This is where you [need to be] disciplined, and your habits and process either hold up or crack.
“For us to go where we want to go in the coming years, this is the first step.’’