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VMI game might provide Cavs opportunity to test out other QBs

Virginia Military Institute represents the second 1-AA opponent Virginia will face at home this season, and while the team so far has said all the right things about not taking anyone lightly, this much is clear: The Cavaliers do not expect this to be a close game.

That being the case, Saturday very well could provide Virginia fans their first opportunity this season to see at least one of the team's backup quarterbacks take snaps in a live game. Fifth-year senior Marc Verica remains entrenched as the squad's starting quarterback, but Coach Mike London said Monday he would like to see either redshirt freshman Ross Metheny or true freshman Michael Rocco -- the two reserve quarterbacks listed behind Verica on the depth chart -- get some playing time against the Keydets.

"It's one of those things you have to try to develop a second quarterback or give him an experience to get in a game and play, because you have to make a decision if you go up by a lot or if you are on the other end of that and you're down by a lot, what do you do?" London said. "This game may force us to make that type of decision as to who's the next guy in the game. So that's something I know that (Offensive Coordinator Bill) Lazor and the offensive staff and we've talked about, and the decision has to be imminent here because hopefully we'll be in a situation -- I mean, you should be in a situation where the second guy has gotten reps, has been battle tested by being in a game."

VMI is 1-1 and has not defeated a 1-A team since 1981. The Keydets have not won against Virginia since 1978.

By Steve Yanda  | September 20, 2010; 5:45 PM ET
 
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