JHoo’s Summer Reading: Quarterbacks

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It is that time of year again, when there is no football being played on the field but I have football on the brain. My remedy each year – my annual “outlook” posts breaking down the UVa depth chart as we head into another season. I think it was Virginia 2005 who once referred to those posts as his “summer reading.” I think of it as the only way to occupy my mind as we wait for the pads to go on, but we will go with the “summer reading” title. Catchier. You know, for marketing purposes.

Any way, when the time rolls around each year, I tell myself that I am going to start this series of posts – now, articles – with a position other than quarterbacks. After all, I am a defense first kind of guy. Plus, should the punters be relegated to the back burner each year? But the fact of the matter is that the quarterback position, like it or not, is the most important position on the field. And it seems like Virginia is walking into yet another season with yet another series of questions at the quarterback position. Thus once again, we start with the quarterbacks.

The Starter

Jameel Sewell

Jameel Sewell . At least, all Hoo fans need to hope it is a healthy Jameel Sewell under center to start the Wyoming game and just about every game thereafter if the 2007 season is going to be a back-on-track season for the program.

To me, just like UVa is going into somewhat of a crossroads season, Sewell is a crossroads quarterback, particularly for Mike Groh. Plenty of people familiar with the UVa program – fans, opponents, and interested observers – question this staff’s ability to develop a quarterback. Matt Schaub? People point to Musgrave. Marques Hagans? People say it was a case of a special athlete being a special athlete. Christian Olsen? That did not pan out well. Kevin McCabe ? Pretty short leash there and a history of