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Delayed football redshirts 'always a consideration' to London

Former Virginia football coach Al Groh was often criticized last season when he played the majority of of his true freshman class and did not redshirt those players. Groh often said a player could redshirt later in the career, which is uncommon but possible.

If those were Groh's plans, he is no longer the man to see it through. Now, Mike London is on board, and when asked whether he will redshirt some of last season's freshmen (next season's sophomores), London said he would need to better learn the roster and await the arrival of the incoming recruiting class.

"That's always a consideration," London said. "The big thing is with skill freshman, not linemen, to see if that's a possibility. Because like our quarterback situation, in the future, I'd like a guy who is a redshirted junior or sophomore and has been in the game, because when the one guy leaves, you want a guy who has played in the games before. And we're not in the situation before. In the future, I'd like positions to build depth. In the offensive line, we're the same way. We're very young in the offensive line if you think about it in terms of a fifth-year guy. We're going to have some [sophomores] playing and providing depth. In that position, you want guys to get bigger, stronger, and then step up and be a two-year starter or one-year starter."

In November, Cavaliers Journal looked at the potential issues with roster management. London will have to deal with this, because he has the unenviable task of trying to balance the classes on the team so Virginia can bring in balanced recruiting classes. Pay attention to next year's class of sophomores (last year's true freshmen and redshirt freshmen). If there is not attrition and/or redshirting, that class could be too large to replace in one season.

By Zach Berman  |  April 1, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
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