When Peter Lalich joined the Virginia football program last fall, no one was really sure of what to expect out of his true freshman year. Redshirt? Back-up quarterback? Split duty? The first of those questions was answered immediately when he trotted on to the field in Wyoming, while the splitting time vs. back-up debate carried on for a few more weeks. In the end, however, Lalich served as the back-up quarterback, seeing time in eight games.
Fast forward to the spring. Jameel Sewell , the team’s starting quarterback in the fall, is not enrolled at UVa due to academic problems. Lalich appears to be the logical front-runner for the top spot. He’s not making any assumptions.
“I’m just out here working to get better to be honest,” Lalich said. “Everyday at practice, I learn something new.”
The coaches aren’t ready to make that leap just yet either.
“We’ve just been rotating the quarterbacks in there to give each one [a fair chance]. I would say the coaching staff is probably the only people who haven’t anointed the quarterback yet,” Groh said Monday of the competition between Lalich, Scott Deke , and Marc Verica . “We decided that what we’ll do it on is performance rather than being anointed. Therefore we’re giving all three quarterbacks similar turns in terms of reps and similar turns with each particular unit.”
While the competition is open, Lalich is the only player on the roster other than Vic Hall to officially attempt a pass last season (Hall threw one a trick play). Lalich completed 35 of 61 attempts for 321 yards and 2 touchdowns. He thinks the experience of playing last season “definitely” helped him with his development.
Not that it prepared him completely. He concedes that he isn’t ready for Southern Cal in the opener right now, but he also knows he doesn’t have to trot out there tomorrow against the...
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