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Verica might again face Georgia Tech

If Jameel Sewell cannot play Saturday, Marc Verica will start. Although many Virginia fans remember Verica for his interceptions during last November’s losing streak, he also quarterbacked the Cavaliers during a four-game October winning streak in 2008.

That included a road win at Georgia Tech, when Verica completed 29 of 39 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions.

“We would be very comfortable with Marc,” Groh said. “We are very comfortable with him in any circumstance.”

Verica filled in for Sewell during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s win over Maryland, although his role was to wind down the clock to preserve the Cavaliers’ lead. It was what Virginia calls a “hardball” situation. A “fastball” situation is when Virginia must get plays off quickly and speed up the game.

“We had the lead, and obviously we don’t want to give it back,” Verica said. “The emphasis there is to run the ball, keep the clock moving. My job at that point was to manage the clock, and really just take care of the ball. It was just really important for us to get first downs and keep the ball moving.”

If Verica does play, his performance might be the deciding factor in whether Virginia can upset the Yellow Jackets. It will also provide a little more comfort about next season, when Verica will be the only returning quarterback with any type of experience.

By Zach Berman  |  October 20, 2009; 2:12 PM ET
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