CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- With every new season comes a new set of expectations, and the same goes for a new coaching staff, meaning Tony Elliott's team has a lot of weight heading into week one. 

Despite this though Elliott says he never set a specific expectation for his team at the beginning of fall camp. Instead, he wanted the guys to focus on fundamentals, communication, and getting used to the new system and new coaching staff.

"The biggest thing is that I just wanted to see the core values continue to be displayed on a daily basis, chasing the ball, getting on and off the field, the little things," said Tony Elliott, "See some competitive days where it's not lopsided, there have probably been more lopsided days; one day one group had a better day than the other, it's just been truly, truly competitive and some of that is just the guys being down throughout the course of practice."

With the start of the season just 6 days away the 'Hoos aren't letting any outside noise influence them. Heading into Richmond prep this week Elliott and defensive coordinator John Rudzinski are both business as usual while keeping their guys grounded by their team values and mindset.

"We set team goals and we're always thinking about them every single day," said junior linebacker Josh Ahern, "Coach Elliott, ya know the way we start a team meeting is to address it, those goals area always in mind, obviously they're far away and we're getting closer to the season starting so they're slowly approaching but just staying constantly focused and ready for them."