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London would prefer not to burn any more redshirts

Virginia Coach Mike London said Sunday night he would not consider true freshmen Zach Swanson or Jake McGee as he searches for tight ends to feed into the domino effect created by the season-ending shoulder injury to Joe Torchia. Nearly midway through the season, London said he will avoid burning any more redshirts, if at all possible.

True freshmen such as offensive lineman Morgan Moses, cornerback Rijo Walker and quarterback Michael Rocco already have played in games this season, which means they won't be eligible to obtain redshirts and, thus, an extra year of eligibility.

London was asked Monday to describe his philosophy on redshirting and what it would take for him to insert a true freshman into a game at this point in the season. The coach said he might consider lifting the redshirt of "a skill player, a fast guy, fast receiver, something like that," but otherwise the only true freshmen who can expect to see live snaps in the coming weeks are the ones who already have played.

"You always have to be concerned about the development of the player," London said. "The young man that you have, where he is on the depth chart and then the consequences of you putting him in the game both athletically and academically, because then you trigger a lot of things once he starts to play.

"And I would say at this point almost halfway through the season that I'll try my best not to play a true freshman right now, because Brandon Hourigan and our [other strength training] guys have had him for a time now. Just want the true freshmen to get acclimated to getting bigger, faster, stronger, and that is the biggest difference sometimes."

By Steve Yanda  | October 12, 2010; 1:17 PM ET
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