Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Weak and strong: Virginia
By Heather Dinich
We move on in our series looking at the weakest and strongest positions on each team in the ACC with Virginia:
Strongest position: Receivers/tight ends
If there’s one thing quarterbacks David Watford and Greyson Lambert don’t have to worry about, it’s having a veteran receiver to throw it to. Darius Jennings, Tim Smith, Dominique Terrell and E.J. Scott all return, along with standout tight end Jake McGee. The group combined for 163 catches for 2,212 yards and 17 touchdowns last year. Each of them had at least 20 catches last fall. McGee accounted for five of those touchdown receptions, which ranked No. 5 all-time at the school by a tight end. He also had 28 catches last year, overall one of the most productive seasons for a tight end at UVa. Jennings led the team last year with 568 receiving yards, and he also had five touchdowns.
Weakest position: Quarterback
It’s hard to call out the quarterbacks as the weak link, but how do you not, when it’s been such an inconsistent, transient position for the Cavaliers? It's probably more accurate to call it a question than a weakness, considering the lack of playing time, but it's certainly not a strength right now. Coach Mike London began his career at UVa with a quarterback controversy that never ended. Now, he doesn’t seem to have much of a choice, as starter Michael Rocco has since transferred to Richmond, and the university announced in May that Phillip Sims was ineligible and will no longer be enrolled at the university. That leaves Watford and Lambert – two players who both redshirted last year – as the frontrunners. Watford at least has some game experience, as he played in 10 games in 2011. He has thrown the ball 74 times and had four interceptions and three touchdowns. Lambert, meanwhile, has yet to take a collegiate snap in a game. Virginia fans have at least seen the potential in Watford, but it’s been a year since he has played, and there are still far more questions than answers with this position.
More in this series here.