Hall's Injury and the Rise of Sewell
There remains no indication about whether Vic Hall will be ready to return for Saturday's game against North Carolina. Coach Al Groh said Hall will not require surgery for his injured hip, but whenever he returns, his role remains undetermined. Jameel Sewell has taken over as the starting quarterback, and that is unlikely to change.
Groh said he wants Hall's uniform to be dirty at the end of the each game. He will almost certainly become the holder on kicks again and likely the punt returner, but how he is used on offense will be something Groh and offensive coordinator Gregg Brandon must figure out. Hall is one of Virginia's best athletes, but if he's not a starting quarterback or cornerback, he will not have a full-time role on the field. Hall could be used as a change of pace to Sewell, but Virginia has started to see results with Sewell behind center.
After a three-interception performance in the opener, Sewell has four touchdowns to two interceptions in his last two games. He also ran for a pair of touchdowns against Southern Miss.
"He's got a little bit of momentum going. Certainly can play better but he has been playing better. That's been his history his previous two years as a starter, to continue to get better as he accumulated more starts," Groh said. "And you have to remember that this is a player who once he did get into that type of rhythm two years ago, won nine games for us. So I think as is the case in any sport when a person is proven to be successful and there is a little bit of a history of how that's come about, that when he first became a starter in ‘06, those of you who watched some of those first two or three games, it was a little bit rocky but then we went on and had some real good wins and he had some real good games.
"And the same thing was true in '07, and as the season picked up momentum, so did Jameel, or maybe they coincided with each other. So I think you need more than two to have an accurate sample but at least we have a little bit of precedent in that case and we can only be positive and think that history might have a chance to continue."
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