Bronco wants 2018 to serve as baseline at UVA

SHORT PUMP, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Bronco Mendenhall was in Short Pump on Wednesday night, to pick up his Bobby Ross Coach of the Year award.

The award is given annually by the Touchdown Club of Richmond, to the best Division I coach in the state. Last month, the club honored UVA quarterback Bryce Perkins with the Dudley Award, given to the best Division I player in Virginia each season.

The Wahoos went 8-5 in Mendenhall's third season as head coach, capping the season with a 28-0 win over South Carolina in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte. Those eight wins were the most in a season for the program since 2011, and it was UVA's first postseason bowl victory since 2005.

On Wednesday night, Mendenhall said his top off-season goal is to see his team embrace the raised expectations that come with that kind of success. His hope is that 2018 can be used as a baseline by UVA players moving forward.

"I don't believe in ever placing limits on an individual or a team," Mendenhall said. "What they're claiming is a new standard. They're claiming new dreams, new aspirations, and a new normal for UVA football. I'd like to see their work back up exactly what the new standard and the new normal is, and that actually increases every year."

UVA opens spring practice on March 26. The 2019 season opens at Pitt on August 31.

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