Cavalier Camping: Passing Fancy

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail to someoneGoogle+share on TumblrShare on Reddit

With the temperature closer to a fall-like 80 degrees and the cadence and brass of the Cavalier Marching Band echoing in the background, Saturday evening’s practice had that college football atmosphere. Add to that a 40-plus play scrimmage and it was an enjoyable evening of football. So after five hours of football Saturday, here’s what we observed, overheard and learned.

Passing Game Takes Center Stage

Marques Hagans

There are several questions with respect to the passing game that one week into camp remain unanswered. The staff is still searching for a backup quarterback as well as trying to solidify the rotation for both the receiving corps and the running backs. There’s also the issue of getting the timing down in the passing game.

With those questions looming, it was no surprise that the final 45 minutes of practice Saturday night was focused on the passing game. The offense and defense ran through situational drills in shorts and shells, with multiple series beginning on the minus 30-yard line, the plus 15-yard line and a two-minute drill simulation with first, second and third units.


By my (very) unofficial numbers, here’s how the quarterbacks fared in scrimmage situations Saturday night: 22 of 38, 274 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT, 4 sacks)

Marques Hagans: 14-24, 190 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT, 2 sacks

Kevin McCabe : 3-4, 28 yards, sack

Christian Olsen: 4-7, 51 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, sack

Scott Deke : 1-3, 5 yards

Not a bad evening for Hagans, but these drills were executed without an aggressive pass rush. When the rush was disruptive enough to force no throw, I called that a sack.

During a teleconference with reporters Saturday afternoon, Groh said the Cavs are still searching for a #2 quarterback. McCabe and Olsen are the obvious candidates, but Groh said it could be any of the QBs on the roster. “Anybody that creates separation between himself and the rest of the pack is going to clarify the