HANK KURZ Jr.
AP Sports Writer
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Ross Burbank says there's no better motivator than failure.
The 6-foot-4, 290-pound sophomore at Virginia went from working with the second unit in the spring to winning the starting center job after the offensive line performed poorly in the spring game.
The line allowed more than a dozen sacks, and that threw competition for jobs wide open.
Coach Mike London says Burbank is an example of how a year of experience can change a player.
He says Burbank's knowledge of the game has improved greatly, and he's shown the ability to survey the defense and call the right signals to get his linemates in the right positions when the ball is snapped.
The Cavaliers open the season on Saturday against BYU.
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