True freshmen Morgan Moses, Rijo Walker and Drequan Hoskey likely to play right away
It has been clear since the start of training camp that true freshman offensive tackle Morgan Moses would see a decent amount of playing time this season. And as was expected, Moses was listed as the No. 2 right tackle – behind sophomore Oday Aboushi – on the depth chart Virginia released Monday.
As for other true freshmen that will play for certain this season, Coach Mike London revealed a pretty short list: cornerbacks Rijo Walker and Drequan Hoskey. This, London said, was a result of deficient cornerback depth.
Several cornerbacks – including senior Ras-I Dowling, junior Mike Parker and sophomore Devin Wallace – missed practice time during training camp due to various undisclosed injuries. Dowling said Monday he’ll be ready to play Saturday against Richmond. The team did not release an official injury report.
A Virginia team spokesman said that for games against non-conference opponents, teams are not required to provide injury reports. The Cavaliers have opted not to do so this week.
While Walker likely will see time at cornerback, London said Hoskey – who came to Virginia on a track scholarship before joining the football team during training camp – “may play in some limited special teams roles.”
London said he has not made “a definitive decision” regarding the playing status of true freshman tailback Kevin Parks – who coaches and teammates raved about throughout training camp – though it is likely Parks will redshirt this season. London said it is possible Parks may travel with the team to road games.
“Kevin is going to be a very, very good player here,” London said. “But I'm excited about the backs that we do have that during the course of the season, with Raynard (Horne) and Perry (Jones), Dominique Wallace, Keith Payne, that they'll be able to provide us with the type of spark that we need.”
August 30, 2010; 5:52 PM ET
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