Monday, September 1, 2003
Quarterback injured shoulder against Duke
ESPN.com news services
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Aug. 31 -- Virginia quarterback Matt Schaub will miss at least one week because of the right shoulder injury he suffered in Saturday's season opener, the Washington Post reported Monday.
Schaub's absence leaves the starting job in the hands of redshirt freshman Anthony Martinez. Virginia faces South Carolina next weekend.
Virginia coach Al Groh told the paper Sunday evening that the team is not yet sure about the exact nature or extent of Schaub's injury, but said that "Matt was feeling more comfortable today than he was [Saturday] evening. The medical people were encouraged by that fact."
Schaub will undergo further tests Monday, including an MRI exam.
Martinez completed 6 of 15 passes for 76 yards after Schaub was injured on the first drive of the season. Despite acknowledging being nervous in his first college game, Martinez, 19, threw for one touchdown and set up another with a 39-yard pass down the sideline to help the 18th-ranked Cavaliers to a 27-0 victory over visiting Duke.
"My eyes were [wide] the whole game," Martinez said after the game.
Virginia hopes Martinez will be more settled after a week of practice with the first-team offense.
"I'm sure he didn't anticipate being in there that fast," Groh said to the Post. "I thought that overall he handled things well ... he came up with two big plays ... that really enabled us to stretch the lead and take a little control of the game."
The Cavaliers aren't yet sure who will back up Martinez. Freshman Kevin McCabe was the third-stringer, but he may not be ready to play. Other options are sophomore Marques Hagans, a former quarterback currently playing wide receiver, and junior quarterback David de Lauréal, whose college experience is limited to two kneel-downs.