A tidbit that slipped through the cracks of my various notes columns this week concerned Mike London’s response to a question about UVa’s quarterback situation for next year.
What everybody wants to know is whether London would prefer to stick with one quarterback next season, as opposed to the Michael Rocco-Phillip Sims platoon that remains in effect for the fifth straight game.
“You know, this year the quarterback situation was dictated out of need, born out of necessity and what happens in the spring and next year, I’m sure, will be re-evaluated again,” London said.
“You’d like to have a quarterback … succession, [to have] these quarterbacks separated by years and hopefully we’d be able to do that.”
In 2013, Rocco will be a fourth-year senior, Sims will be a fourth-year junior, 2011 back-up David Watford will be a third-year sophomore, and Greyson Lambert and Matt Johns will be second-year freshmen.
Quarterback recruits Brendan Marshall from Good Counsel in Olney, Md.., and Corwin “Turtle” Cutler from Ocean Lakes in Virginia will be true freshmen.
Marshall, listed at 6 foot 5 and 215 pounds, completed 15 of 24 passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns in leading Good Counsel past DeMatha 26-14 in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title game.
Cutler was named offensive player of the year in the Beach District against competition that included the likes of five-star UVa running back recruit Taquan Mizzell out of Bayside.
THAT WILL BE seven scholarship quarterbacks in the program. What the Cavaliers haven’t done to this point is “greyshirt,” not bringing an academically qualified signee to campus until the second semester following a June graduation, but that’s what some other schools have done.
It might make sense with Cutler, who was having a phenomenal year before sustaining a torn anterior cruciate ligament. It also would get him out of the same class as Marshall.
If you slotted the quarterbacks, here’s how the starting quarterback rotation could look for the next six years.
2013 – Rocco
2014 – Sims
2015 – Watford
2016 – Lambert or Johns
2017 – Marshall or Cutler
2018 – Cutler
That would make each of the quarterbacks a one-year starter, with the exception of Rocco and Sims, who have made 20 and four starts, respectively, but which of these quarterbacks signed with the expectation of starting for one year?
(I was looking into the college career of Matt Schaub this week and was struck that he had a total of six starts going into his redshirt junior year. How many quarterbacks of that caliber would sit around for 2 ½ years)?
Some say that Lambert (6-5, 215) is the most gifted of the group, while Watford might have the best mixture of arm strength and athletic ability. It’s going to be a challenge to find playing time for both of them, keep them happy, etc.
It makes me come back to a comment Bill Lazor made last year on signing day, when he said he looked forward to the day when Virginia might have a reputation as Quarterback U., a school of choice for talented signalcallers across the country.
But, what’s that they say? Be careful what you wish for?