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Ross Metheny, Michael Rocco to play Saturday at Boston College

By Steve Yanda

While Mike London said Thursday there is no set plan on the number of snaps or series he wants reserve quarterbacks Michael Rocco and Ross Metheny to play Saturday, the Virginia head coach did acknowledge his intention to find opportunities for both players to get on the field at Boston College.

Rocco, a true freshman, and Metheny, a redshirt freshman, have played sparingly this season behind starting quarterback Marc Verica, a fifth-year senior. London mentioned certain scenarios -- first possessions of a half, possessions after kickoffs, possessions after forced turnovers -- that would be ideal entry points for Rocco and Metheny.

When asked whether he would stick with either Rocco or Metheny if the team performed well under either quarterback, London said it "probably would depend on how well" the team was doing. If, London said, the running game was proving to be effective and Rocco or Metheny was being afforded the chance to mix a steady amount of hand-offs with throwing "safe patterns or bubble screens or something like that," then keeping one or the other in the game might be plausible.

"If you’re behind and it requires a hurry-up, two-minute situation, you don’t want that first time that you put them in to be that time," London said. "It’s kind of tricky sometimes to find out when that right time is, but we’re going to have to find times, because I want to develop these guys these last two games here."

By Steve Yanda  | November 18, 2010; 12:19 PM ET
Categories:  Football  
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