CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) - Michael Rocco won the UVA starting quarterback job last season and led the Cavaliers to an 8-5 record, along with their first bowl appearance since the 2007 campaign. While his future as the starter looked secure following the season, things have changed, with the addition of a transfer.
Phillip Sims joined the Cavaliers during the summer, transferring from Alabama, where he was the back-up quarterback for the national champions. While transferring athletes typically are required to sit out a year of competition, Sims was granted a waiver that will allow him to compete right away, due to family hardship.
This creates a competition for the starting quarterback position for the Wahoos. Rocco, a junior with the most starting experience, will enter camp as the number one quarterback, but Sims will make a push for the job as well, along with sophomore David Watford. Rocco said on Friday that he felt that job was his to lose and that he was not going to lose it, going on to say he had confidence in himself due to his experiences.
Head coach Mike London knows what Rocco and Watford can do, and says that the maturity of those two players is making the situation easier. London is looking forward to the first week of training camp, where he and offensive coordinator Bill Lazor can get an idea of Sims' familiarity with the playbook and where he is athletically.
Virginia will open up its training camp on Monday and kicks off its first game on September 1 when the Cavaliers host Richmond at Scott Stadium.