QBs Still Jockeying For Position

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Scott Deke

Approximately two weeks of practice remain before the Virginia football team begins game preparation for its season-opening contest with Southern California. For several Cavaliers, that means there is not much time to do impress the coaches and earn either a starting job or playing time. But the attention runs a little higher for one trio in that scenario: quarterbacks Scott Deke , Peter Lalich , and Marc Verica .

Deke, Lalich, and Verica have been in a tight race for supremacy since last year’s starter, Jameel Sewell , was forced to sit out a year to get his academics in order. The coaches didn’t elevate anyone up the depth chart after spring practice; in fact, the staff used a ‘pick a number’ method to determine the pecking order for the Spring Game. Deke chose the closest to the given number and went with the first group while Verica and Lalich followed. Even after the pass-happy scrimmage at Scott Stadium, no one had an advantage.

Now in the early stages of fall camp, there’s still no announced leader. The depth chart remains unchanged with an oldest-to-youngest starting point, according to Cavalier coach Al Groh.

Peter Lalich

“There haven’t. We went in on a seniority basis and here for a little while probably we’ll stay that way,” Groh said Wednesday.

Of course, there’s no guarantee that Groh will pick or announce a starter prior to USC. And while Groh says Lalich has “the most arm, that’s for sure”, he even said he is comfortable with