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Dowling, McLeod 'look fine,' will play Saturday

Virginia Coach Mike London said Thursday that senior cornerback Ras-I Dowling and junior strong safety Rodney McLeod "look fine" and will play Saturday against Florida State. Dowling (hamstring) and McLeod (knee) sat out the first two games of the season before making their 2010 debuts last week against Virginia Military Institute.

It remains unclear whether either or both players will start against the Seminoles. Dowling was listed as interchangeable with sophomore Devin Wallace on the team's depth chart this week at one of the starting cornerback spots. McLeod was listed as interchangeable at the starting strong safety spot with senior Trey Womack and junior Dom Joseph.

"That was the plan all along, to make sure they had a chance to come back and play when they were feeling healthy," London said of Dowling and McLeod. "Getting them in the game, getting them acclimated to the game was the plan and all that. And now, they had a great week of practice and so both of them will play."

Per ACC guidelines, the team will release an injury report after practice this afternoon.

One other note: Virginia coaches likely will inform either redshirt freshman Ross Metheny or true freshman Michael Rocco tonight or tomorrow morning that he is the No. 2 quarterback behind fifth-year senior starter Marc Verica heading into Saturday's contest.

"If (Offensive Coordinator) Bill Lazor isn't satsified with the performance of either one or, say, it's still close, it may be a game-time decision," London said. "But I think you'd like the guys to know, 'Hey listen, you're the next guy in the game.' And to be fair to both of those guys, with one practice left of every aspect during the course of the game, third down blitz, short yardarge, all that stuff like that, to give them an opportunity to get a fair evaluation and then go from there. I'd say one more day, and then after practice (Thursday) we'll probably have a better indication."

By Steve Yanda  | September 30, 2010; 11:44 AM ET
 
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