Posing 5 Questions for the Spring

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Every year there are questions entering spring camp. For many, they may be obvious. The Sabre decided to take a look at five of the biggest issues facing the Virginia Cavaliers as they enter 2006 spring camp. Keep in mind, our goal is not to answer the questions; just to share what we feel is at the top of the priority list. The fact is, most of these questions will likely not be answered until three or four games into the 2006 season.

Who takes over for Marques Hagans?

Quarterback controversy you ask? Big time!

Everyone knows the players; Jameel Sewell , Kevin McCabe , Christian Olsen and Scott Deke . There has been very little coming out of the McCue center and it appears we could see the sequel to Schaub vs. Spinner in 2006. This is a battle on tap for the position and fans should not expect a front-runner to be announced prior to spring and likely not following camp. In fact, I look for the battle to be waged throughout the summer and fall and we could see a platoon system early in the season to get the top candidates some in-game competition to separate a leader from the pack.

Christian Olsen is expected to be among the candidates to start at quarterback.

All indications are that Olsen may have a slight edge entering spring camp. Olsen is a steady guy, somewhat like former Maryland quarterback Scott McBrien. While his numbers are not likely to be spectacular, he is exactly the kind of player Al Groh likes; tough, smart and focused. He’s not a flashy guy but I think there is confidence that he could handle the offense and not make glaring errors that will get the team beat. If Virginia had a dominant defense and running attack, Olsen might be the favorite, but that is not the case.

Sewell was impressive in the fall relatively speaking and is by most accounts the heir apparent although there are issues that could delay his rise to the top spot. His leadership and