The Sunday Sampler 2013 – VMI

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Virginia’s David Watford tossed 2 TDs and 2 INTs against VMI on Saturday.

Three starts into his career, Virginia quarterback David Watford has seen mixed results. Saturday’s game with VMI proved no different in that regard, though Watford did improve to 2-1 as a starter with UVa’s 49-0 win.

Against the Keydets, Watford passed for a career-high 206 yards. He completed 18 of 25 passes, a 72% completion percentage. Watford also threw 2 touchdown passes and rushed for a third score, the first rushing touchdown of his career. He didn’t play the fourth quarter or the final 3 minutes of the third quarter.

That’s a pretty decent day. Of course, he also had 2 interceptions. Each came in the first quarter on what Watford called “forced” throws.

The first interception was the 11th play of the drive inside of VMI’s 10-yard line when he tried to squeeze a pass in to a well covered Miles Gooch ; Jake McGee appeared to break open in the flat as part of that combination route.

The second pick came on UVa’s next possession. Watford tried to push the ball up the sidelines to tight end Zach Swanson, but by the time the ball arrived there were at least three VMI defenders in the area. The ball deflected into the air and James Fruehan made a diving interception.

“I forced it. I misread it and forced the ball,” Watford said. “The first one Miles was covered and the guy popped the ball up in the air off his arm. The second one, he kind of baited me into throwing the seven [route] and then he fell back into it. They were just misreads. I forced it. I was just playing too fast. I was trying to go too fast, flying through my reads, and I had to slow the game down. When I slowed it down, I took a deep breath, and just relaxed.”

All in all, Watford looked more comfortable against VMI than he did against BYU in the opener. He’s moving more fluidly and has added some running plays to the available menu as well.

“I feel