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Mike London has a QB question to answer

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College football is a sport that demands quick attention and response to various situations. If a head coach makes a change too late, it can cost his team a game or a season. As a result, it can end up costing a coach a job. Such is the case at Virginia, where head coach Mike London faces a quarterback situation that may demand a swift response.

It was only one game, but Virginia’s performance against UCLA was truly a tale of two quarterbacks. Greyson Lambert got the start for the Cavaliers against UCLA. Lambert found way to move the Virginia offense against the Bruins defense, using safe and accurate passes to move the offense. It was the costly mistakes that really took a toll on Virginia’s chances for an upset bid of one of the top programs from the Pac-12. Lambert was intercepted twice by the Bruins, and both happened to end up in the end zone for UCLA touchdowns. It was a brilliant day by the UCLA defense, which put up more points than either team’s offense in the season opener, so a bit of bad luck came into play.

Regardless, London needed to try something different. Enter Matt Johns, who took over under center after the UCLA defense had turned three turnovers into a 21-3 lead in the first half. Johns was not as accurate with his pass completions, but he threw for more yards and got the offense in the end zone twice through the air. Who knows if Johns would have avoided the trouble of the UCLA defense scoring three touchdowns, but Virginia seemed to be more assertive once Johns entered the game. The damage may have already been done by the time he came in, but now London has something to think about heading into week two against his old program, Richmond.

At the moment, London is holding off on making a decision on where the quarterback position goes from here.

“Greyson is a young man who understands that, as the game is going, there are decisions made that are in the best interest of the team,” London said, according to The Roanoke Times. “Right now, we haven’t seen film, we haven’t talked to the coaches and haven’t gotten the grades,” London said, “so, to speak on that [next week’s starter] right now… we just don’t know.”

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2 Responses to “Mike London has a QB question to answer”
  1. woebegong says: Aug 31, 2014 2:41 PM

    The key words the coach used, were “He is young”. It is very seldom that a young kid steps into the college spot light and doesn’t have at least a shaky time until he adjusts to the tension and gets his head into the game. When you are the QB, it is even worse. Practice can’t account for the noise and jitters of a packed stadium, and your nerves in that first game, no matter the position though. If the coach was testing both to see who would lead the team best, he probably isn’t getting a true test. The UCLA defense had already seen a different guy for the first half and adjusted their tendencies to his style of play and habits. When a new guy comes in, you have to adjust again, and that is a little harder to do in the second half, when the cast has changed.
    I think if you are the coach, you stick with the guy you started through the whole game, and see how he adjust through out. If you lose faith in his abilities, you start the next guy in the next game and see how he does then.

  2. faaast1 says: Sep 1, 2014 7:55 AM

    What Mike London really needs is a real estate agent.

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