If something were to happen and either of Virginia’s top two quarterbacks were somehow incapacitated, there’s no question that sophomore David Watford would be the next in line.
But, let’s say the Cavaliers were in a position where they just wanted to run out the clock and kneel on the football at the end of the game.
Ideally, you wouldn’t want your starter or your prized back-up to be handling those duties. Nor would you want put Watford or either of two scholarship freshmen in the game. That would cost them a redshirt year.
Coach Mike London knew where I was going with my question Monday.
“Do you have a third quarterback that you can get into the game?” I asked.
“Trusty old Kyle McCartin” he responded.
McCartin (6-4, 220) came to Virginia as a walk-on quarterback in 2008 and has lettered in each of the past two seasons, getting on the field for 148 snaps as a regular on UVa’s special teams.
At one point, I believe McCartin was in the mix at tight end but he has not taken a snap at quarterback in a college game.
Not that he couldn’t.
“With the others redshirting and [if] Kyle had to take an emergency snap or take a knee or that kind of thing, we could call on his number,” London said.
McCartin had a younger brother, Connor, who was a scholarship linebacker for the Cavaliers but had to give up football after a series of concussions and has served as a student assistant.
LAST WEEK’S COLUMN raised the question of whether Virginia ever has had more than five scholarship quarterbacks in its programs.
It seems that was the case in 2005, when Virginia had Marques Hagans, Jameel Sewell, Christian Olsen, Kevin McCabe, Scott Deke and Vic Hall in the program.
Remarkably, all six played quarterback in a game at some point in their UVa careers.
I’m pretty sure there have never been seven scholarship quarterbacks in the program, which would be the case in 2013, if all five current scholarship QBs return and are joined by recruits Brendan Marshall and Corwin Cutler.
There might have been seven this year if Michael Strauss and Ross Metheny had not transferred to Richmond and South Alabama, respectively, and Phillip Sims had not been deterred by their presence before transferring from Alabama.
In my pursuit of trivia, I also have wondered if there has been a time when Virginia has redshirted three scholarship quarterbacks at one time, as it has done this year with Watford and freshmen Greyson Lambert and Matt Johns.
I don’t think that’s ever happened.
WATCHING LAST NIGHT’S NFL opener between Dallas and the New York Giants made me wonder if a former UVa player had ever caught two touchdown passes in an NFL game, as did the Cowboys’ Kevin Ogletree against the Giants.
I was thinking it might be ex-Giant Tiki Barber, who accused me of “rubbing salt in the wound,” when I raised the question. Barber scored 67 touchdowns in his career, 55 rushing and 12 receiving, but he only had as many as two touchdown receptions in three seasons and never more than three in a season.
Chances are, he never had two in one game.
But, it’s happened fairly recently. In 2009, Pittsburgh Steelers tight end and UVa product Heath Miller had two touchdowns in an eight-catch, 84-yard afternoon against San Diego.
Miller has 31 touchdown receptions in his NFL career (2005-2011), but most of those were early in his career. He has two TDs in each of the past two seasons.
Herman Moore had 62 touchdowns in his NFL career (1991-2002), including 11 TDs in 1994 and 14 in 1995. He caught three touchdown passes against Green Bay in 1995.
IN RECRUITING, one-time Roanoker Doug Randolph has reopened his recruiting. Randolph, an outside linebacker from Woodberry Forest, committed to Stanford before the first game of his junior year but is now considering the Cardinal, Virginia and Notre Dame.
Randolph’s family moved from Roanoke to Richmond before he enrolled in high school. He had an older brother, David, who played basketball at North Cross and a sister, Jessica, who was a high-jumper at Cave Spring.
David went to Richmond and Jessica to UVa. Their father, Dr. David Randolph, had a 9-11 record picking games with the Fearless Forecasters in 2001.