10 Things I Learned 2011 … Spring Practice

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Michael Rocco and the QBs drew a lot of attention in the spring.

Spring practices are in the book … but I think a lot of Hoo fans are left wondering what actually was accomplished. The answer? A lot … though perhaps not as much as one might have wished. (Isn’t that always the case?) So let’s get into what we don’t know, what we know now that we didn’t know before, and what we hope we know by the time the season arrives.

1. The Quarterbacks. Going into the spring, just about every discussion about Virginia football involved some mention of the quarterbacks. Coming out of the spring, I think the same is true. Unfortunately, that is not likely to change any time soon.

To get right to the conclusion, the simple fact is that we still do not know who Virginia’s starting quarterback will be in 2011. That should not come as a surprise to Virginia fans as it was somewhat unrealistic to think that 15 spring practices would provide that answer, given the jumble in the depth chart going into the spring. Having said that, I think it was fair to hope that coming out of the spring, the top two spots on the quarterback depth chart would be definitively established, giving a little more structure to the quarterback competition come this summer. The fact that that did not happen in the truest sense – we have a top two in a “sort of” sense but nothing more – is at least a little surprising.

The problem, of course, was a lack of separation among some of the quarterbacks. Granted, there was at least some separation, as it quickly became evident that first year David Watford is both a very talented quarterback prospect and entirely unready to lead a college football program. The latter again should not come as a surprise, given that Watford threw all of about six passes for Hampton last year as Mike Smith committed to re-establishing the Crabbers’ run game (and stuck to his guns