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Virginia offensive line 'by committee' as Landon Bradley returns from injury

Junior offensive tackle Landon Bradley returned to Virginia's depth chart Monday after missing two weeks with a broken right hand. Bradley, who started the first five games of the season at left tackle, was listed as interchangeable at the position with sophomore Oday Aboushi. Coach Mike London said it will be determined in practice this week whether Bradley plays at left or right tackle Saturday against Miami.

Aboushi -- formerly the starting right tackle -- has started the past two games at left tackle in Bradley's absence. True freshman Morgan Moses has filled in as the starter at right tackle, though London has stated his preference for Moses to develop at right guard.

Coming off what London called "one of his best games" against Eastern Michigan, Moses was listed as interchangeable at the starting right guard and right tackle positions. London has said repeatedly that he plans to afford Moses considerable playing time as the season progressed, and it is likely the 6-foot-6, 350-pound true freshman will start somewhere along Virginia's offensive line Saturday.

"Morgan is ready to go, whether it’s right tackle or right guard," London said Monday. "We’ve got kind of like by committee right now with guys getting back to where they need to be. We’ll see (Tuesday) about what side is better for Landon in terms of his hand. And then we’ll insert Morgan where need be."

London said he would like to be able to establish a rotation among his top guards and indicated that if Bradley can start at one of the two tackle positions, Moses, right guard B.J. Cabbell and left guard Austin Pasztor will alternate in the game.

Bradley dressed out for Saturday's 48-21 win over Eastern Michigan, and London said Sunday that the player was medically cleared to compete in an emergency situation. That did not occur, and Bradley remained on the sideline with his right hand heavily wrapped.

With his hand wrapped, Bradley "can’t grasp a jersey or you can’t use your hands as effective as you want to," London said. "So you have to adapt in other kind of ways to get the job done."

Bradley's skill and experience would be a boon for Virginia's offensive line as it prepares to face a Miami defense that ranks No. 1 in the nation in pass defense efficiency, No. 2 in tackles for a loss and is tied for No. 2 in sacks.

Virginia has allowed 17 sacks this season, though the Cavaliers did not allow a sack Saturday against Eastern Michigan. It marked the first time since 2007 that Virginia quarterbacks had not been sacked in a home game.

Bradley is "one of our best players, and now we’ll see whether one of your best players at 90 percent is better than a guy that’s not injured and is 100 percent," London said. "We’ll see. That’s what practice is for."

By Steve Yanda  | October 25, 2010; 4:20 PM ET
Categories:  Football  
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