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A New Year, A Similar Decision Facing London
by Jay James,posted Sep 24 2012 11:29AM
Once again, we are faced with a quarterback conversation rather than a quarterback controversy at Virginia. Last year, it was a true freshman David Watford, and a true second in Michael Rocco battling for the position. UVA played two quarterbacks until making the decision to go with Rocco, who finished with the best second year passing total in program history. Rocco was named the starter in fall camp this past August, he hasn’t been stellar, but he hasn’t been awful either. He’s been steady, but the question facing Mike London is whether or not the two quarterback system is still working. Sims has been coming in at the end of the last few contests, with the exception of the Penn State game. Rocco, by the numbers has been middle of the road, 74-123 for 838 yards, 4TD’s and 5 picks. Sims conversely, is 18-29, for 174 yards and 3 TD’s, no picks, but he has lost two fumbles.
The tough part for Rocco is as I have watched him from the sideline, three of his 5 interceptions have been off of tipped balls by his own receivers. Any quarterback needs players to make plays. Has he missed throws, absolutely, but he has also had to deal with offensive line chemistry problems, and being in predictable situations because the Hoos have started out trailing in the last two games because of defensive breakdowns. Mike London had the following thoughts on his offense when we talked to him after TCU: “We need to go back and take a look at who’s doing it, who’s catching it, who’s throwing it, who’s blocking for it; we have to be able to go back and evaluate by looking at tape, and talking about your personnel.” So is Mike London considering Phillip Sims, only he knows that, but many wonder what Sims can do if given the majority of the reps in practice and a full week with the first team. He has displayed an ability to make every throw and go down field, and the question is whether or not his talent can better compensate for the offensive line issues, and playing from behind in predictable passing situations. Sims after the TCU game was resilient in his belief in the football team: “You can’t let this ruin your season going 2-2 to start, it’s too many games ahead of us left to just throw the season away because of the last two weeks, we are too good of a team to do that.” It will be a very interesting week for Virginia Football as they prepare for an undefeated Louisiana Tech team that is averaging 54.7 points per game. Points must come this Saturday. Keep listening all week to the Best Seat in the House as we break this down. You can hear Philip Sims’s postgame interview at wina.com.
Good synopsis of the QB question going into this game. One suggestion though: if you're going to mention Sims' fumbles then you have to mention Rocco's as well (he has 1). With 4 TDs and 6 turnovers, Rocco has played pretty terribly, no matter how you slice it.
Decision Facing London
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