Backup UVa QB to transfer

Virginia backup quarterback Ross Metheny has decided to transfer, the school announced today. Metheny played in just two games last year with two pass attempts and was behind Michael Rocco, who took hold of the starting job, and true freshman backup David Watford.

“He’s got another opportunity to play somewhere else, play right away, and I wish him the best,” coach Mike London said. “He’s going to graduate from here. There’s no hard feelings or ill feelings on that, it’s just probably in his best interests with Michael and David playing and being one-two last year, I don’t think his fortunes were going to change dramatically this year because both of them are going to continue to get better. He was good about it, but he’s a young man looking for a chance to get on the field and play.”

Metheny redshirted the 2009 season and played in five games in 2010. He completed 15 of 19 pass attempts in two seasons for 207 yards and three touchdowns. He'll have two years of eligibility remaining.

UVa also announced that defensive end Thompson Brown and wide receiver Kevin Royal will not be with the team when it begins spring practice March 19. Brown told the coaching staff he no longer wishes to play college football but will remain enrolled at Virginia as an undergraduate student. Royal has been dismissed from the team.

Brown was a true freshman in 2011 and appeared in 11-of-13 games, including the Chick-fil-A Bowl. He played on both special teams and at defensive end. He lettered and had four assisted tackles during the season.

Royal was a sophomore in 2011 but did not play in any games. He appeared in four contests in 2010 after redshirting the 2009 season.

“As I have stated before, there are expectations for the members of the Virginia football team and if they fail to meet those expectations, they will no longer enjoy the privilege of competing here,” London said in a prepared statement. “Kevin Royal has failed to meet those expectations and therefore is no longer a member of the team.”