A Dozen Spring Things

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The quarterback race is one key theme to track during spring practice.

Spring football practice at Virginia starts in 10 days. Yes, just 10! The Cavaliers open on Saturday, March 21 for a spring practice period that runs through the Spring Game on Saturday, April 18. There are plenty of storylines surrounding Al Groh’s program so to start getting you ready for the opening day of practice, The Sabre has put together a glance at a dozen spring things.

I’ll be the first to admit that this list is far from a complete guide. I don’t even know if these are the most important themes of the spring. So don’t look at this list as comprehensive. Think of it as a wake-up call to jumpstart your brain.

Arms Race. Let’s get the biggie out the way. Who will get an arm up in the quarterback race? Jameel Sewell is back from an academic hiatus, Vic Hall is in the mix after playing DB, and Marc Verica led the team from under center for much of last season. Will one of those three emerge as the clear leader after spring practice? Is there a dark horse candidate waiting in the wings?

Help Wanted. The Cavalier defense has openings at three of the key linebacker positions in the 3-4 alignment. Jon Copper, Antonio Appleby , and Clint Sintim held down the fort for three seasons, but all three have moved on. Who will emerge in the linebacker slots? Will there be more of a rotation there since the drop-off from starter to substitute figures to be smaller than in recent years?

Cook’s Return. Sewell is not the only one back in the fold. Senior Chris Cook and junior Darnell Carter are also back after sitting out a season. Cook figures to be in the mix at either cornerback or safety while Carter could throw himself into the linebacker battle.

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