Poll: How will Virginia fare against VMI?
"This game, you'd like to get guys who haven't played much in the game. We'd like to give them a chance to play, but we're not going to overlook VMI in terms of disrespecting them, as far as thinking I'm going to play the whole roster."
The first part of that quote pretty much sums up how Saturday's contest will go, provided Virginia does what it is supposed to do against a low-rung division I-AA opponent. Virginia Military Institute had a bye last week after being pounded, 45-0, at William & Mary. Virginia, meantime, also had a bye week after a three-point loss at Southern California. It's safe to say these two teams are trending in different directions.
Don't be surprised to see many third- and fourth-team players get some reps against the Keydets. We could finally find out who Virginia's No. 2 quarterback is -- redshirt freshman Ross Metheny or true freshman Michael Rocco. We also could see healthy doses of true freshman tackle Morgan Moses and true freshman cornerback Rijo Walker.
One true freshman that likely won't take the field Saturday -- no matter how lopsided the score gets -- is tailback Kevin Parks, who London would prefer to redshirt this season, if at all possible.
"I'm not in a position right now to say, you know, every freshman is off limits right now, but my preference is to try to redshirt freshmen," London said Thursday. "But as the season goes on, you never know who's going to be susceptible to a season-ending injury or going to be out a game or two or weeks.
"The guys that are playing now, the freshmen with Morgan and Rijo, those guys we're committed to playing, and if anybody else is out there that has a chance to play, it will depend on who's in front of them and the long-term prognosis of that player being able to play the rest of the season. But as far as [Parks], there's no plans to play him."
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| September 24, 2010; 7:40 AM ET
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