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VA Sophomore lands starting QB spot

Redshirt sophomore David Watford will be Virginia's starting quarterback. Coach Mike London said Monday that he and new offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild called Watford and Greyson Lambert in on Sunday night and told them that Watford would be the starter. Watford played sparingly as a true freshman two seasons ago, completing just 30 of 74 passes for 346 yards with three...
Via Fox Sports
August 12, 2013  |  Discuss

ACC Coastal preview: Virginia, Pittsburgh, Duke

It's that time of year ... when baseball's All-Star break highlights the slowest week on the sports calendar. It's also approaching that time when each conference holds its annual media days in the lead-up to college football. Which means that's right it's preview time! Watch list time! Projected league standingsAll-ConferenceAll-America(Insert Name) Award...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
July 12, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Pre-Season Preview: Virginia Cavaliers

2012 Record: 4-8 (2-6 in ACC) Head Coach: Mike London (16-21 at UVA, 40-26 All-Time) Last Bowl Game: 2011 Chick-fil-A Bowl: lost to Auburn 43-24 Stadium: Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, VA (capacity = 61,500) Home Field Advantage: ranked 60th out of 69 BCS teams Schedule Glimpse: 2013 Schedule Link Out of Conference Games: 8/31 vs BYU, 9/7...
Via College Football Zealots
June 19, 2013  |  Discuss

BYU at Virginia: The Way Too Early . . . .

1.  August 31 will be BYU’s first game of the season and they will be on the road in the ACC at the Virginia Cavaliers.  The team will be rolling out a new quarterback in a new offensive system.  What expectations will you have of the QB and the offense in week 1? Carl: 90+ offensive plays.  I expect Anae to run all sorts of variations to keep the offense fresh and moving. ...
Via TornBySports
June 13, 2013  |  Discuss

ACC notebook: Virginia remains undecided at quarterback

Virginia unveiled its post-spring camp depth chart Monday without a defined starter named at quarterback. The depth chart lists, in order: David Watford or Greyson Lambert or Phillip Sims.Coach Mike London and his staff refused to acknowledge a pecking order. But some reports suggest there's more to the list than happenstance. When Michael Rocco left a few months ago, it seemed...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
April 24, 2013  |  Discuss

ACC notebook: Virginia remains undecided at quarterback

Virginia unveiled its post-spring camp depth chart Monday without a defined starter named at quarterback. The depth chart lists, in order: David Watford or Greyson Lambert or Phillip Sims.Coach Mike London and his staff refused to acknowledge a pecking order. But some reports suggest there's more to the list than happenstance. When Michael Rocco left a few months ago, it seemed...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
April 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Rocco's NCAA appeal denied; will sit out season

Michael Rocco will have to sit out the season at Richmond after the NCAA denied his appeal for a transfer exception. The former Virginia quarterback transferred after last season. The school appealed to the NCAA for a one-time exception to allow him to play this season, but the NCAA turned it down. NCAA bylaws require a player have two seasons of eligibility to qualify for the exception...
Via AP on Fox
April 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Spring look ahead: Virginia Cavaliers

2012 record: 4-8 overall, 2-6 ACC Spring practice opens: March 18 Spring game date: April 6 2012 in review: A 2-0 start and win over Penn State had Hoo-ville fired up, but then a 56-20 loss to Georgia Tech triggered a six-game losing skid. Virginia dropped eight of its last 10 games, and half the losses were blowouts. Coach Mike London never settled on a quarterback, rotating the...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
March 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Spring lookahead: Virginia Cavaliers

2012 record: 4-8 overall, 2-6 ACC Spring Practice opens: March 18 Spring game date: April 6 2012 in review: A 2-0 start and win over Penn State had Hoo-ville fired up, but then a 56-20 loss triggered a six-game losing skid and dropping eight of 10 games, half of which were blowout losses. Coach Mike London never settled on a quarterback, rotating the more experienced Michael Rocco...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
March 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Former UVA QB to play for uncle at Richmond

Former Virginia starting quarterback Michael Rocco is transferring to Richmond. Richmond coach Danny Rocco announced Monday that his nephew is joining the Spiders next season. Two other transfers - wide receiver Shane Savage from Cornell and tight end Sean Fitzpatrick from North Carolina - have also transferred to Richmond. Rocco played in 30 games over three seasons at Virginia...
Via AP on Fox
January 07, 2013  |  Discuss

ACC Power Rankings: Final edition

Final ACC Football Power RankingsThe ACCs season concluded with a 4-2 mark in bowl games, with the two losses by teams in the Research Triangle that created their own misery with mistake-filled performances. Clemsons win over LSU and Georgia Techs shocker over Southern Cal were the brightest spots of the postseason, and allowed the league to finish the season with its collective...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
January 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Virginia QB Rocco to transfer

Virginia quarterback Michael Rocco is transferring. Coach Mike London says he met Friday with the junior quarterback who started 21 games in the past two seasons and granted Rocco's request to be released from his scholarship. Rocco plans to complete the current semester at Virginia. Rocco started all 13 games as a sophomore and led Virginia to an 8-5 record and its first bowl...
Via AP on Fox
December 02, 2012  |  Discuss

UVa Football Exit Interview

  Nothing really worked out for the Hoos this year on the gridiron. And while we will address the elephant in the room later this week, let’s take a look at the team by position, with what went down this year and what the future has in store. Quarterback This season: I should really call this section ‘Quarterbacks’ because that summed up the entire campaign this...
Via Lambeth Field
November 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Virginia Tech 17, Virginia 14

Cody Journell kicked a 29-yard field goal with 4 seconds to play, and Virginia Tech beat Virginia 17-14 Saturday to qualify for a bowl game and win its ninth straight from its in-state rival. Antone Exum set up the winning drive when he intercepted Michael Rocco at the Cavaliers' 36 with 3:21 remaining. Exum brought it back to the 24, and Virginia (4-8, 2-6) inexplicably held...
Via AP on Fox
November 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Journell makes Virginia Tech bowl eligible

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Cody Journell kicked a 29-yard field goal with 4 seconds to play, and Virginia Tech beat Virginia 17-14 Saturday to qualify for a bowl game and win its ninth straight from its in-state rival. Antone Exum set up the winning drive when he intercepted Michael Rocco at the Cavaliers' 36 with 3:21 remaining. Exum brought it back to the 24, and Virginia (4-8,...
Via Fox Sports South
November 24, 2012  |  Discuss

ACC Quick Hits: Week 13

Bringing you instant analysis from all of the weekends ACC games Georgia vs. Georgia Tech: 42-10 -- Georgia put up 14 points in each the first three quarters and shut down Georgia Tech's triple-option offense, the second such offense the Bulldogs faced in consecutive weeks. Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall and Aaron Murray each scored two touchdowns. Georgia began scoring quickly...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
November 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Virginia Tech has 22 sacks in last 5 games

Virginia Tech is preparing to face two quarterbacks when it plays Virginia on Saturday. The Cavaliers (4-7, 2-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) have used Michael Rocco and Phillip Sims pretty much all season, and coach Mike London says it's ''probably safe to say'' that both will play again. When they do, they will face a pass rush that has been coming on strong...
Via AP on Fox
November 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Cavaliers' bowl hopes end in 37-13 loss to UNC

Kevin Parks talked about not getting the yard he needed for a touchdown on fourth down. Michael Rocco pointed to an underthrown pass that was intercepted for a touchdown. And Phillip Sims mentioned a pass that he floated into the hands of Darius Jennings for a certain 81-yard touchdown until Jennings dropped it. Missed opportunities seemed on everyone's mind after Virginia lost...
Via AP on Fox
November 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Virginia still playing for a bowl bid

Mike London was a happy man as he answered questions on Sept. 8 following his teams 17-16 victory over Penn State on national television. It was a signature win for a program that hasnt had many since George Welsh retired more than a decade ago. It was something Virginia could build on, or at least should have built on. Fifty-six days later, London stood before the media following...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
November 15, 2012  |  Discuss

ACC Honor Roll: Week 11

Florida State kept the ACCs hopes of landing multiple teams in BCS bowls alive with a late touchdown to win at Virginia Tech last Thursday night. The Seminoles are a victory at Maryland way from clinching the Atlantic Division and playing for the conference championship. Georgia Tech and North Carolina gave the football world the highest ever scoring game involving an ACC team,...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
November 11, 2012  |  Discuss

ACC Honor Roll: Week 11

Florida State kept the ACCs hopes of landing multiple teams in BCS bowls alive with a late touchdown to win at Virginia Tech last Thursday night. The Seminoles are a victory at Maryland way from clinching the Atlantic Division and playing for the conference championship. Georgia Tech and North Carolina gave the football world the highest ever scoring game involving an ACC team,...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
November 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Pereira: Saturday's big calls

Football is a game of inches. But sometimes, it's about a foot. College football's Week 11 slate offered a number of plays near sidelines or endlines where teams were reminded that receivers must have control of the ball and put down an entire foot -- from heel-to-toe or toe-to-heel -- in order for a catch to count. From the NCAA rulebook: "If one foot first lands...
Via Fox Sports
November 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Virginia 41, Miami 40

Michael Rocco threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jake McGee with 6 seconds remaining Saturday and Virginia rallied from a 10-point deficit to stun Miami 41-40. Rocco threw four touchdown passes and Virginia (4-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) won its second in a row after a six-game losing streak. It was the Cavaliers third straight win against the Hurricanes. The victory kept...
Via AP on Fox
November 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Rocco's late TD lifs Virginia by Miami

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Michael Rocco threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jake McGee with 6 seconds remaining Saturday and Virginia rallied from a 10-point deficit to stun Miami 41-40. Rocco threw four touchdown passes and Virginia (4-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) won its second in a row after a six-game losing streak. It was the Cavaliers third straight win against the Hurricanes...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
November 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Late rally dooms Hurricanes in Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Michael Rocco threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jake McGee with 6 seconds remaining Saturday and Virginia rallied from a 10-point deficit to stun Miami 41-40. Rocco threw four touchdown passes and Virginia (4-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) won its second in a row after a six-game losing streak. It was the Cavaliers third straight win against the Hurricanes...
Via Fox Sports Florida
November 10, 2012  |  Discuss
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