The announcement that junior Michael Rocco would begin the year as Virginia’s starting quarterback ended the most scrutinized debate of the Cavaliers training camp. But it wasn’t the only position battle that was clarified Monday when Virginia officially began preparations for its season opener against Richmond Saturday.
Coach Mike London released his first depth chart of the year, and it provided some more insight into which players could play vital roles as the Cavaliers look to make consecutive bowl games for the first time since 2004 and 2005.
Most notably, junior Drew Jarrett has been named the team’s starting place kicker, redshirt sophomore Henry Coley beat out sophomore Daquan Romoero at strong-side linebacker and sophomore Drequan Hoskey will the starting cornerback opposite Demetrious Nicholson.
After the jump, you’ll find the complete depth chart.
QB — 1. Michael Rocco, Jr.; 2. Phillip Sims, R-So.; 3. David Watford, So.
WR — 1. Tim Smith, Jr.; 2. E.J. Scott, So.
WR — 1. Darius Jennings, So. or Dominique Terrell, So.
RB — 1. Perry Jones, Sr.; 2. Kevin Parks, So.; 3. Clifton Richardson, So.; 4. Khalek Shepherd, So.
FB — 1. Zachary Swanson, So.; 2. Billy Skrobacz, Jr. or LoVante Battle, Sr.
TE — 1. Paul Freedman, Sr.; 2. Colter Phillips, Sr.; 3. Jeremiah Mathis, Jr.; 4. Jake McGee, So.
LT — 1. Oday Aboushi, Sr.; 2. Kelby Johnson, So. or Michael Mooney, Fr.
LG — 1. Cody Wallace, So.; 2. Matt Mihalik, Sr.
C — 1. Luke Bowanko, Jr.; 2. Ross Burbank, R-Fr.
RG — 1. Sean Cascarano, Jr. or Conner Davis, So.
RT — 1. Morgan Moses, Jr.; 2. Jay Whitmire, R-Fr.
DE — 1. Jake Snyder, Jr.; 2. Ausar Walcott, Sr.
DT — 1. Brent Urban, Jr.; 2. Justin Renfrow, Jr.; 3. David Dean, R-Fr.
DT — 1. Will Hill, Sr.; 2. Chris Brathwaite, So.
DE — 1. Bill Schautz, Sr.; 2. Eli Harold, Fr.; 3. Mike Moore, Fr.
SLB — 1. Henry Coley, R-So.; 2. Daquan Romero, So.; 3. Tucker Windle, Sr.
MLB — 1. Steve Greer, Sr.; 2. Kwontie Moore, Fr. or Tucker Windle, Sr.
WLB — 1. LaRoy Reynolds, Sr.; 2. D.J. Hill, So.
CB — 1. Demetrious Nicholson, So.; 2. C.J. Moore, Fr.
SS — 1. Brandon Phelps, So.; 2. Pablo Alvarez, So. or Anthony Cooper, Fr.
FS — 1. Anthony Harris, So.; 2. Rijo Walker, Jr.
CB — 1. Drequan Hoskey, So.; 2. Maurice Canady, Fr.
Punter — Alec Vozenilek, So.
Place Kicker — Drew Jarrett, Jr.
Holder — Jacob Hodges, Sr.
Long snapper — Matt Fortin, So.
Punt Return — 1. Dominique Terrell, So.; 2. Demetrious Nicholson, So.
Kickoff Return — 1. Darius Jennings, So.; 2. Perry Jones, Sr.; Kevin Parks, So.