Good luck trying to identify Virginia's players at practice this spring. A numerical roster sheet won't be of much help.
First-year Cavaliers coach Bronco Mendenhall is going to great lengths to establish a culture change in Charlottesville, and one of the first steps of that overhaul means stripping players of their jersey numbers.
Hoos players are numberless, and will continue to be until their 2016 opener Sept. 3 against Richmond.
"There will be no numbers on the jerseys in the spring," Mendenhall said, according to the The (Charlottesville) Daily Progress' Andrew Ramspacher. "Nothing on the helmets, other than their names on the front."
The number selection process will be merit-based, and it won't take place until August.
"If you start from the beginning of the offseason program and you take the body of work from the offseason program through spring practice, through the summer and through fall camp," Mendenhall said, according to the paper, "that will then determine the order in which a player can choose his number.
"So the team will vote on who gets first pick and he can choose any number he'd like. It'll work sequentially down."
We've seen all sorts of quirky moves over the years from new coaches looking to implement more accountability amongst their players. This is certainly the most unique.
UVA doesn't open spring ball until Tuesday. To say the Hoos will look different would be a massive understatement.