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Preparation for Verica, Cavaliers remains internal at this point

While addressing reporters at the dais on Monday, fifth-year senior quarterback Marc Verica was asked how familiar he is with Richmond cornerback Justin Rogers. A fifth-year senior and three-time 1-AA all-American, Rogers has tallied 10 career interceptions -- which ranks seventh all-time at Richmond -- and has been named to the watch list for the Buck Buchanan Award, which is given annually to the most outstanding 1-AA defensive player.

"To be honest with you, I don't know much about their personnel, and that's not really my concern at this point," Verica said. "We don't have too much to go off of with our preparation for them, as far as schemes and stuff like that. We just really have to focus on what we're going to do, and we have to make sure we're on top of our stuff, and we're going to be doing the stuff that we can hang our hat on, and then we'll let those adjustments take place throughout the course of the game. As far as individuals, standout players, personnel and stuff like that, that's not really my priority right now in preparation."

His comments weren't meant as a slight to Rogers. Rather, they echoed the sentiment shared by Coach Mike London and several other Cavaliers who spoke to reporters Monday. Given that Richmond also has a new coaching staff and that Virginia does not have a whole lot to go off of in terms of the types of schemes and plays the Spiders prefer to run, the Cavaliers' focus has remained pointed more toward their own development.

Verica noted that won't always be the case and that there will be weeks when he locks in on the traits and tendencies of an opposing defensive player, or even multiple opposing defensive players. This, however, isn't one of those weeks.

"This is just kind of a unique situation because both teams aren't really sure what the other team is going to do," Verica said. "I think you kind of have to just focus on doing what you do. But there will be weeks where there is a certain player, a standout player, maybe a game-changer, a specific guy that you might have to look for and you might have to game plan around. But I don't really see that in this game."

By Steve Yanda  |  August 31, 2010; 1:59 PM ET
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