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Matt Johns exits spring as UVa's top QB

Virginia has exited spring with a clear pecking order under center, as the Cavaliers' post-spring depth chart Thursday showed that Matt Johns is their No. 1 quarterback, ahead of Greyson Lambert.

"We grade very snap, every situation, whether it's one-on-ones, 7-on-7s, group- and team-work, as well as the scrimmages, and Matt did the best job," head coach Mike London said Thursday during a teleconference. "He was the most productive. He was the most efficient. It wasn't close; if it was close we'd still be talking about going into August camp with two guys still fighting for the same position. But Matt clearly did what he was supposed to do and led our team in a way we think the quarterback should play in order for us to be successful.

"So I say that and then he had a very good camp -- not saying that Greyson did not -- but I'm saying that Matt was the most productive, the most efficient and did the things that we wanted to have done in our offense in order for us to be successful"

The two quarterbacks, who are both entering their redshirt junior campaigns, shared time last season, with Johns playing in all 12 games and starting three, completing 54.9 percent of his passes for 1,109 yards with eight touchdowns and five interceptions. Lambert started all nine games he played in, completing 59 percent of his throws last year for 1,632 yards with 10 touchdowns and 11 picks.

Johns was also a bigger threat with his legs, tallying 107 rushing yards and a score. (Lambert had two rushing touchdowns but finished with minus-6 rushing yards.)

Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Steve Fairchild said the Hoos' staff charted every play this spring, with Johns grading out slightly higher.

"It's definitely a fluid situation. This reflects if we were playing a game tomorrow, which we're not," Fairchild said during the teleconference. "But yeah, it's like any other position: The guy that's the most productive is going to play, and we've still got a long summer, and obviously two-a-day practices as well, before we play."

London also announced Thursday that new running backs coach Chris Beatty has already been promoted to assistant head coach for offense. London also said receiver Dominique Terrell has been granted permission to transfer and play elsewhere for his fifth season this fall.