Hoo Preview ’08: JHoo’s 10 Things …

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The 2008 season is almost upon us and as in past seasons, I plan to discuss with you on a weekly basis what I learn about the Hoos in each game. That in turn begs the question of what I hope to learn over the course of the season. Let’s see if we can limit that list to only 10 for now …

Will Peter Lalich emerge from the quarterback race as the starter?

1. Who will be the quarterback, now and for the future? When Kris and I first discussed my Summer Reading columns, I mentioned to him that I might choose to reverse my usual order, starting with the safeties and finishing with the quarterbacks. Given the turmoil in the quarterback competition from the beginning of the offseason until now, perhaps I should have gone that route. The funny thing is, despite all that turmoil, things now may be starting to head back to where they started, so to speak.

Going into last spring, I would have been willing to bet a tidy sum that Peter Lalich would be the starter from day one of the 2008 season. After all, from the moment the bowl game against Texas Tech ended – in a sense, even before that game was played – the offense was moving in Peter Lalich ‘s direction with the UVa staff looking to make “tweaks” (perhaps an understatement) to the offense that would marry nicely with Lalich’s skill set. The more open the field, the more options in the patterns, the more the defense is slowed by formations and scheme, the more Lalich is able to see the field, set, and throw, the more successful he is likely to be … and that is exactly the kind of opportunity the staff was looking to build for him.

But almost from day one of the offseason, things just did not go as planned. It began with the staff’s decision to hold an open competition among Lalich, Scott Deke , and Marc Verica for

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