RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Michael Strauss and Michael Rocco know Richmond's next opponent well. As the Spiders head to Charlottesville on Saturday to face Virginia, it will mark a return to the place the two quarterbacks once called home, before both respectively transferred to Richmond.
Both quarterbacks said Wednesday that they're not really focused on what Virginia will do under center on Saturday, as Mike London and the Cavaliers struggle to decide between Greyson Lambert and Matt Johns. Both Richmond QB's say they are focused on their own gameplan and helping the Spiders win the game.
Rocco says he hosted both Lambert and Johns on their official visits to UVA during the recruiting process, and knows both of them well.
Strauss transferred to Richmond in January of 2012, after not seeing a single game snap with the Cavaliers. Rocco would transfer a year later. He was the primary starting quarterback during UVA's 2011 season, in which the Cavaliers finished 8-5, including a berth in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. That has been London's only winning season as Virginia's head coach. Rocco would be pulled for Phillip Sims on several occasions, including in the middle of games, during the 2012 season, and left the program following that campaign.
Richmond enters Saturday's game with a 1-0 record after a 55-10 win over Morehead State this past weekend. Strauss put up a performance that earned him CAA Offensive Player of the Week honors, completing 17 of his 23 pass attempts for 259 yards and three touchdowns. Rocco, meanwhile, was 9-of-13 for 117 yards, one touchdown and an interception.
Richmond and Virginia kick off on Saturday at 3:30pm in Charlottesville.