Strategy Session: 2014 QBs & RBs

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Signing Day for the Class of 2013 is next Wednesday, February 6. As Class of 2013 recruiting comes to an end, full attention turns to the Class of 2014, which appears likely to be a relatively small one for the Hoos.

As of today, the number of scholarship players projected to be on UVa’s 2014 season roster is 79. This includes Victory Christian Academy (Lakeland, FL) junior defensive tackle Chris Nelson , who verbally committed to the Cavaliers last summer. Factoring in 10-percent attrition to the current roster number (per VBHOO’s historical data), you figure eight more scholarship spots will open up. That would leave 14 spots open for the Class of 2014, and even with more attrition than average the class would be hard pressed to reach 20.

Over the next month, we’re going to produce position-specific “Strategy Sessions.” Today’s edition focuses on the quarterback and tailback positions, reflecting on the players that have signed since Mike London came on board, who is coming in next season, and how many players the staff may target in next year’s class.


Since Coach London was named University of Virginia head football coach back in December of 2009, seven scholarship quarterbacks have come into the program. Michael Strauss enrolled in January of 2010. Michael Rocco and Miles Gooch signed in February of 2010. David Watford signed in February of 2011. Greyson Lambert enrolled in January of 2012, and last summer the staff welcomed Matt Johns and Alabama-transfer Phillip Sims to the program. Here is a rundown of the performances of those players to date.

Strauss: No longer with the team. Strauss red-shirted his freshman year and was a reserve as a red-shirt freshman. He transferred to the University of Richmond in January of 2012.

Gooch: Gooch remains on the team but was moved to receiver.

Rocco: No longer with the team. After seeing spot duty as a backup as a true freshman in