Biggest shoes to fill: Quarterback Marc Verica
The Cavaliers will miss Keith Payne, but he shared time at running back, while Verica touched the ball on every offensive play and was more of a leader to the offense. Verica finished his career sixth on the school’s career passing list with 4,992 career yards. He passed for a career-high 2,799 yards and 14 touchdowns last year and ranked fourth in the ACC in passing yards, fifth in total offense and sixth in pass efficiency.
Spring replacement:With no separation occurring among the four quarterback candidates this spring, Verica so far hasn’t been replaced. Virginia released its latest depth chart and not surprising there is no answer at quarterback, where the starter could be Ross Metheny, Michael Rocco, Michael Strauss or David Watford.
Summer outlook: The competition will continue this summer, but coach Mike London has said the time between now and summer camp will help separate the quarterbacks because he wants to see who best takes on the leadership role of organizing the voluntary workouts, who spends the most time in the film room, and who makes the best use of the time before official practices begin again.
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