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Football: Four quarterbacks to start, not to finish

Virginia signed four quarterbacks: Michael Strauss, Miles Gooch, Jake McGee and Michael Rocco.

Strauss was recruited by the previous coaching staff, met London on the weekend London was interviewed for the Virginia job, committed to the Cavaliers and enrolled for the spring semester. He will participate in spring practice and remain at quarterback.

"That was agreed upon the previous staff," London said. "He's acclimating to our environment, lifting in school, doing very well right now."

The other three were recruited by London's staff and called them "quarterbacks that are also athletes and have opportunities to play other positions." London look at the quarterback depth at Virginia and saw a fifth-year senior and two quarterbacks who never threw a pass. That meant he wanted to build depth at the position.

"If you're going to be a quarterback in the program, now's the time to be one," London said. "We'll look at these players as they transition into college. Strauss will practice in spring practice, and the other three young men will come in and vie for team. It's important for us to establish the future in terms of guys are going to signal-callers for [offensive coordinator Bill Lazor], the system and the schemes and all that.

"It's always important as you transition from high school to college with the terminology, expectations, conceptually, that if we can find one or two that stand out amongst the rest, then perhaps the other one or two will have the opportunity to move to another position to contribute."

By Zach Berman  |  February 3, 2010; 5:31 PM ET
 
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