Poll: What grade would you give Marc Verica's performance so far this season?
One of the biggest adjustments fifth-year senior quarterback Marc Verica said he had to make while growing accustomed to Virginia's new pro-style offense was how quickly he was expected to burst out of the snap. In a timing-based passing system, Verica also had to get used to throwing the ball to spots and trusting that his receivers would get there.
So far, Verica said he's been pleased with how he has performed, though he acknowledged "it's definitely not my best." Verica has completed 60.6 percent of his passes (No. 6 in the ACC) and thrown for 697 yards (No. 5), five touchdowns (tied No. 6) and one interception. His efficiency rating (138.4) ranks No. 6 in the conference.
It helped, Verica said, that he received more snaps with the No. 1 offense during training camp than he had at any other point in his collegiate career. He was not in the midst of a battle for the starting job, leaving him more time and energy to focus on developing a smoother rhythm with his receivers and offensive linemen.
"Even though I might not be competing for a starting job, I am still competing within myself, trying to raise my own standard," Verica said. "And I think that's what you have to do. You can't get comfortable if you're not in a quarterback race or something like that. You have to find something to push yourself to get better."
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| September 30, 2010; 10:14 AM ET
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