Saturday, November 21, 2009
Virginia making use of Wildcat formation
By ESPN.com staff
CLEMSON, S.C. -- No, Virginia didn't switch quarterbacks. Al Groh has lined up running back Mikell Simpson in the Wildcat formation, taking the direct snap, and it's working. He's done it repeatedly here in the first quarter, and Clemson hasn't been able to stop it. It's surprising because Simpson hasn't had the year many expected.
In fact, Simpson, who was supposed to be one of the Cavaliers' top offensive playmakers, didn't even play last week. It was the "coach's decision." And a very questionable decision at that unless Simpson violated some sort of team rule we're all unaware of. Regardless, it was Simpson who put the Cavaliers in position for the game-tying touchdown. Simpson had five straight carries for 43 yards and quarterback Jameel Sewell punched it in with a six-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 7.