Virginia's Hall Serving Team in Multiple Roles
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Oct. 5 -- Early last week, Virginia senior captain Vic Hall approached Coach Al Groh in Groh's office and said he believed Jameel Sewell should remain the Cavaliers' quarterback.
Sewell became Virginia's starter after Hall injured his hip in a season-opening loss to William & Mary. Hall entered the season as the team's top quarterback, the focal point of the athletic department's marketing campaign whose move from defense was specifically made to bolster the offense.
Sewell improved in Hall's absence, creating a possible dilemma when Hall was medically cleared to play in last Saturday's game at North Carolina. However, any controversy ended when Hall came to Groh and insisted that his roommate and close friend remain Virginia's signal caller.
"That's the way Vic is. He's always been that way," said Groh, who wanted to keep the details of the meeting private. "Actually, he and I were on the same page. We had the same thought.
"He and I had talked on a number of occasions, and the phrase that was used was that the intent was for him to be as tired and as dirty as possible at the end of every game. And whatever that entails, he would just smile and say that's what I want. We wanted to make sure we held up our end of the bargain on that, but he was seeing it more for what's good for the team than what's good for him."
Virginia deployed Hall in a variety of ways in Saturday's 16-3 victory -- and they were roles that will continue through the rest of the season.
Hall played on offense, defense and special teams. He attempted a pass, was thrown a pass, ran the ball, played in the defensive secondary, rushed the opposing passer and held for kicks. Although it's possible that he could again become a punt returner, Groh said there is only so much the team can expect from Hall before he's overused.
Hall emphasized Saturday what he had said throughout his career: "It didn't matter what I did or what I'll do, I just wanted to be in there."
He has recovered from the hip injury and does not think there should be a quarterback rotation, so he expects to continue to play different roles while the coaching staff determines how best to use him.
"Whether it's play offense, defense, special teams, make his grades, be the captains, just whatever it is," Groh said Monday, "he's a 'can-do' guy."
Conrath, Randolph Honored
Virginia defensive end Matt Conrath was named co-defensive lineman of the week by the ACC after recording four tackles and knocking down three passes. Kicker Robert Randolph was co-special teams player of the week after connecting on all three of his field goal attempts. . . . The Oct. 17 game between Virginia and Maryland at Byrd Stadium will be played at 4 p.m. and televised on ESPNU, the ACC announced Monday.