Strategy Session: UVA Football Seeks To Establish Succession

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Mendenhall discussed how he plans to rebuild the Virginia football program.

Bronco Mendenhall provided some insight with respect to the recruiting goals he hopes to achieve while bringing a successful football program back to Charlottesville.

Long term, one of Mendenhall’s goals is to establish a clear line of succession at every position. For example, a starting quarterback moves on but a seasoned and prepared player is ready to assume the job the following season. Quarterback, offensive line, and defensive line were identified as top needs short term and long term when Mendenhall assumed control of the Cavalier program.

“The deficits are two of the main deficits in the program,” Mendenhall said during his November 14 press conference. “The very first was the management of the quarterback position and having succession planning there. Right after that or equal to that was the same on offensive line. There isn’t now the next class of five juniors ready or the next class of five sophomores ready. It’s not even close to that.”

Virginia’s quarterback roster (scholarship players only) includes two seniors, one junior, and two true freshmen. Junior Kurt Benkert, who transferred to UVA from East Carolina last spring/summer, is expected to return next season. However, the Hoos are faced with the possibility of redshirt freshman Sonny Abramson and true freshman Lindell Stone as the only two scholarship backups at the position in 2017.

True freshman De’Vante Cross may be listed as a quarterback right now, but Mendenhall stated that Cross’ long term position with the Cavaliers