Depth Chart Discussion Spring 2011: Offense

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Trips to Hampton and Alexandria have come and gone. Morning practices are done for the spring too. The Virginia football team already held its Spring Game and put away the official practice plans for another offseason semester. The only thing left? The updated depth chart, which UVa released on Monday. Let’s take a look at the offense following Mike London’s second spring with the Cavaliers.


One thing is clear from the first glance, the word “or” plays a prominent role on the 2011 post-spring depth chart. Especially at quarterback. Obviously, though, that’s not surprising. As Coach London indicated in mid-April, the quarterback race remains an open one with Ross Metheny and Michael Rocco sharing an “or” on the top line and Michael Strauss and David Watford sharing the “or” on the second line. All four, according to London, remain in the competition to become UVa’s starting quarterback entering the 2011 season.

Michael Rocco is one candidate to start at QB.

Ultimately that tells you one thing. No one has dominated the competition. Some will perceive that as worrisome and some will say that is expected for young players early on the development curve. Some will say to pick someone as the No. 1 quarterback regardless – halfway through the spring even – and start the focused development work sooner rather than later. The staff clearly doesn’t share the same sense of urgency. With comparable options in the pecking order, all of whom have some pluses and minuses on the scorecard currently, there isn’t a need to rush a decision. After all, there aren’t game plan specific practices on deck right now. One thing that does