Virginia football had a resurgence in 2011, making their first bowl game since 2007 and doing it around a corps of young players.
The veterans were sent off on a high note, dealing with tumultuous seasons in the past but learning from them and gaining valuable experience.
Those memories could prove vital in the months to come.
For even in Virginia's weakest moments, the Cavaliers have been able to produce NFL talent.
Defensive lineman Chris Long, offensive linemen D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Brandon Albert, Eugene Monroe, quarterback Matt Schaub and countless more Cavaliers little the NFL sidelines.
So when only one name was called in the 2012 NFL Draft from Charlottesville, players knew the challenge that would await them.
The former Cavalier NFL rookies have perhaps the most difficult road to Sundays than any graduating class in recent memory.
Still, if any groups of guys has the mental toughness and determination to handle it, these would be the ones.
So let us take a look at those players most likely to breakthrough and have an impact on the NFL next season.