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When it comes to Virginia football, you can’t go more than a few days without talking about the quarterback question. You know, the “who is UVa’s starter” question. Or the “will Mike London platoon quarterbacks” question. Or the “will any quarterback emerge as a star” question. No matter how you frame it, however, the quarterback position remains the biggest piece of the puzzle at Virginia. So with that in mind the next stop for the Spring Superlatives series is “Most Difficult To Predict.”
After all, I’m not sure anyone has an idea of who the starter will be when BYU visits Charlottesville on Aug. 31. I know I don’t. When message board poster 1969hoo asked for my thoughts on that 15 days ago, I thought I could figure out. I haven’t. The arguments and guesses are out there. There are three theories running the race of late:
- A shaky offensive line means UVa needs a scrambler so David Watford will start.
- A shaky offensive line means UVa needs a quick thrower with accuracy so Greyson Lambert will start.
- UVa needs to stretch the field and it needs an experienced guy in there with the other weapons on offense so Phillip Sims will start.
And at the line … it’s a photo finish!
Seriously, though, the quarterback question and the eventual starter at Virginia is spring’s “Most Difficult To Predict.” It’s not just because the offensive line is a work in progress. It’s not just because Steve Fairchild, the new offensive coordinator, hasn’t had time to make a choice. The race is even because no one has asserted himself as the clear-cut option to be the answer at quarterback.
That’s not a new problem at UVa. There hasn’t been a so-called answer at quarterback since 2005 when Marques Hagans held the reins. Not coincidentally, that’s also the last time the Hoos have posted back-to-back winning seasons.
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