Monroe Out For The Spring

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Eugene Monroe is out for the rest of spring practice.

Virginia will go through the remainder of its practices without left tackle Eugene Monroe , who was injured during a drill last weekend. Monroe dislocated his knee cap and needed some ‘clean-up’ surgery. UVa coach Al Groh said that Monroe was scheduled to have the surgery on Friday.

“We’re going to do some clean-up surgery on his knee this afternoon. … I’m told that when you get a dislocation like that, just the movement of the knee cap is going to cause some shearing of the bone or of the cartilage … so they feel it’s better to clean all that up now rather than have a flare up in October,” Al Groh said.

Monroe is done for the spring, meaning that Zak Stair and Will Barker are working at left tackle in his absence. Stair, who was also expected to get some work at center going into the spring, is a sophomore, while Barker is a redshirt freshman.

Running Backs

Senior Jason Snelling has looked strong in taking over as the No. 1 running back this spring, while three other players are in the competition to become the second back. Sophomore Cedric Peerman , who filled in for an injured Wali Lundy last season, is battling it out with senior Michael Johnson and redshirt freshman Mikell Simpson .

“All three behind [Snelling] are getting [just] about equal turns. … Because that second guy is going to get a lot of play in the game and three and four aren’t, we’re going to let this competition run for a while – probably into August I would say,” Groh said.