London: 'Right now, Marc is our starting quarterback'
Virginia Coach Mike London said Thursday that fifth-year senior Marc Verica remains the Cavaliers starting quarterback. He also said that while redshirt freshman Ross Metheny would be "the next guy in the game right now" if Verica were to be injured or need to be replaced, Metheny and true freshman Michael Rocco continue to compete for the official role as the team's No. 2 quarterback.
After Verica threw for 211 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions on 14 of 30 passing last Saturday against Florida State, Metheny took over the Virginia offense for the Cavaliers' final drive during the fourth quarter. Metheny completed 7 of 9 passes for 68 yards and one touchdown. Virginia coaches said after the game that had the Cavaliers gotten another offensive series, Rocco would have been inserted into the game.
"Our initial needs (this season) were to go in and find the No. 2 quarterback, and that was the competition between Ross Metheny and Michael Rocco, and that's still where we are with that," London said in a teleconference. "Those two guys practice, and although Michael didn't get a chance to play in the Florida State game, he and Ross are still battling for the backup positon. Ross did a nice job in the game. Sometimes we have the benefit of watching the tape and having a tape and we grade the players on technique and things like that. There are still some things that Ross has to clean up from that standpoint.
"So right now, Marc is our starting quarterback, and he's the guy that we're going with. The better that Ross develops, as well as Michael, then the better it makes Marc Verica. Because as Ross develops, if something happens to Marc then Ross is the next guy in the game right now with this ongoing process because he and Michael Rocco are still battling. There's not quarterback issue for us going into Game 5."
Through four games this season, Verica has completed 57.3 percent of his passes for 908 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions. He ranks No. 4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference in passing yards per game (227) and No. 6 in efficiency rating (129.9).
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