Cavalier Corner

June 2013

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The More Things Change … Cavaliers Christen New Indoor Practice Facility, But Uncertainty At Quarterback Continues I By Shane Mettlen f fans of the University of Virginia football program thought they knew one thing to expect heading into the 2013 spring practice season, it was that the quarterback situation that had been seemingly ever changing the past few seasons would finally be settled. But perhaps the biggest takeaway from spring drills was that Cavalier fans never knew quite what to expect. While the Virginia faithful weren't happy to hear Michael Rocco, a two-year starter at quarterback for UVa, was transferring to Richmond, there was at least a sense that Rocco's departure would clear the way for former No. 1 recruit Phillip Sims, a rising third-year who started four games during the rocky 2012 campaign, to take over as the undisputed leader of the Wahoos' offense. That didn't turn out to be the case, with a pair of signal-callers who redshirted last season making a push for the starting job. By the time spring practice ended, Sims was sharing the top spot on the quarterback depth chart with second-year David Watford and redshirt firstyear Greyson Lambert, with Watford taking the majority of the snaps with the first-team offense during much of the spring. All three quarterbacks had their moments in the spring and looked solid during the Orange-Blue Game at Scott Stadium in April. Lambert wowed the spring game crowd by completing 21 of 36 passes for 248 yards with two touchdowns. Watford remained solid, connecting on 5 of 10 passes for 55 yards and a rushing touchdown. Sims, who transferred from Alabama last year to be closer to his hometown of Chesapeake, Va., completed 8 of 18 attempts for 89 yards. While the Cavs get ready for the 2013 opener versus Brigham Young, it's just about anybody's guess who will take the field to start the game. "We'd like to be able to see how far or how far away or how close someone is," Virginia head coach Mike London told reporters after the spring game. "We wanted to purposively give them oppor-

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