With starting quarterback Dan Ellis not completely recovered from a concussion, Virginia Coach George Welsh today named junior David Rivers his starting quarterback for Saturday's game against No. 7 Georgia Tech.
Welsh said Ellis, who was injured last weekend against No. 1 Florida State, could appear in a backup role.
Rivers (pronounced RYE-vers) completed 4 of 11 passes for 32 yards with one interception against the Seminoles after Ellis left the game at the end of the first half.
"At this stage in the game, the team is used to Rivers," Welsh said. "He's been with them all week and actually done pretty well. After Rivers, you've got to go to [freshman Matt] Schaub and [senior] Will Thompson. Thompson has hardly had any work, and it's down to the end of the season with Schaub. I've got to do what's best for the team. Even if Dan's not all right until Friday, we can get him some work Friday and use him on Saturday. Or use him a lot, if we have to."
Rivers, a native of Augusta, Ga., has completed 5 of 13 passes for 43 yards this season. Ellis had completed 119 of 205 passes for 1,411 yards through Saturday, including 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
"Well, [Ellis] was a little better yesterday," Welsh said. "All of the neurological tests were normal. . . . He didn't think he was ready to go out on the practice field again, so he didn't practice. But I'm still holding out hope that he can play for us. But I think that's going to be mostly up to him."