Returning quarterback Jameel Sewell is participating in spring practice following offseason wrist surgery, but his level of participation is still something that is monitored each day. Virginia coach Al Groh indicated that there is “a residual soreness from each practice” so back-to-back days typically mean that Sewell doesn’t get the same amount of repetitions.
With that in mind, the coaches try to choose the plays that are “most important for him to get” practice on reading and running. He did take a lot of throws in Friday’s practice so Saturday was more limited. That is likely a repeating pattern.
Sewell played through wrist pain last season – the injury occurred in August – but there is a more precautionary approach in the offseason. An interesting question came up on a recent teleconference with Groh, though. If Sewell was injured throughout last season, was there ever a game-time decision on his playing status or an unsure outlook on his availability for a given game?
Groh said it never really reached that point, but that there was ongoing concern about the injury.
“They were concerned about the issue that he had and that an untimely landing on it could cause a pretty significant injury to it,” Groh said. “Fortunately that untimely landing never did occur. You know, one where he might be going down and put his left arm out to break his fall and in doing so further stress the bone that had been fractured earlier.”
Sewell still managed to be productive for the Cavaliers, throwing for 1,342 yards and 5 TDs while completing 143 of 247 passes. Those are all freshmen records at UVa. He also rushed for 200 yards and 4 touchdowns.
While the numbers are reasonably impressive, there were bouts with inconsistency as well. Groh said prior to the start of spring practice that the injury had some effect on Sewell’s throwing ability, saying that whether you are a “shooter or a baseball pitcher or a quarterback, it certainly has some impact on your...
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