Charlottesville, VA (WWBT)- Year two of the Mike London era will kick off for the University of Virginia on the football field and the team got to work Friday afternoon for the first day of preseason camp. London's team will consist of both experience and young newcomers and that includes at the most important position on the field.
Four players will battle for the starting quarterback job in a race that is expected to last well into training camp. Ross Metheny and Michael Rocco both saw limited game action in 2010 and are considered to be the favorites. Metheny is a red-shirt sophomore, while Rocco is a true sophomore. Red-shirt freshman Michael Strauss will also compete for the spot, along with true freshman David Watford.
Virginia is picked to finish fifth in the ACC Coastal Division and is coming off a 4-8 season last year. Meadowbrook product Morgan Moses is projected to be one of the top lineman in the ACC to protect whoever turns out to be the starting quarterback. Wide receivers Kris Burd (Matoaca) and Matt Snyder (Deep Run) will also serve as key targets with experience entering the year.
The Cavaliers open up their season on September 3 at Scott Stadium, when they host William and Mary. Virginia won its first season opener since 2005 last year with a win over Richmond and was upset by the Tribe in its 2009 opener.