Quarterback Race Still A Mystery

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Michael Rocco had a pair of TD passes in the Spring Game.

For three straight Saturdays, Virginia fans have gotten live looks at the Cavalier quarterbacks. For three straight Saturdays, there has been no consensus on an obvious front runner. That fact has been consistent throughout spring practice. That’s the challenge facing the UVa coaches as the Hoos enter their final week of practice following Saturday’s Spring Game.

That sort of ebb and flow should be expected with young quarterbacks with limited game experience. All four of Virginia’s options – Ross Metheny , Michael Rocco, Michael Strauss , and David Watford – are sophomores or younger in eligibility and none have started a single college game. Only Metheny and Rocco have seen live college action as both received some playing time last season in reserve roles to starter Marc Verica . The key, according to Lazor, is for the players to continue showing development at the position as the weeks tick off the calendar toward September’s season opener. At this point, UVa is approximately 1/3 of the way through the offseason practices allowed by the NCAA in the spring and preseason periods.

“Today is a big day to evaluate on video because they were out there by themselves and had to run the huddle,” UVa offensive coordinator Bill Lazor said. “I think as a group of quarterbacks we weren’t sharp enough getting out of the huddle, weren’t fast enough, weren’t playing at the pace that the Virginia Cavaliers are going to play. At times last year we did, but not consistently enough and we’re going to get our offense to play faster and that’s one thing the quarterbacks can help us with. I think all of them probably need help with that.”

Rocco said after Saturday’s game that he sees improvement from the QBs during every film session this spring.

“Every day we look at the film you can see guys on the upward rise,” Rocco said. “It’s