* What: Spring Football Festival.

* When: 12:30 p.m., today.

* Where: Scott Stadium.

* Admission: free.

Can quarterback Matt Schaub do it again?

Benched early last season, Schaub bounced back to post the best numbers for any passer in Virginia history and win the ACC player of the year award. His encore will come without the help of offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, who left for the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason.

Are freshmen Ahmad Brooks and Kai Parham ready to start at inside linebacker?

Virginia fans are eager to see the highly touted tandem of Brooks and Parham in the starting spots vacated by Angelo Crowell and Merrill Robertson, but if the learning process drags on, veteran Rich Bedesem is more than capable.

How much will Billy McMullen's departure hurt the receiving corps?

In the absence of McMullen, who had more receptions and receiving yards than any player in program history, Virginia will need more from his former understudies. The Cavaliers have nine of the 10 players who reached double digits in receptions last season returning.

Can Virginia outgain its opponents?

Coach Al Groh acknowledges it is unlikely Virginia will finish second in the conference standings again unless it improves on last season's total yardage rankings: ninth in the conference in offense and eighth in defense.

Can the Cavaliers deal with high expectations?

Virginia was an ACC underdog last season because of its inexperience, but finished 9-5 and with a No. 22 ranking in the final Associated Press poll. This fall, with 19 starters returning, it will be picked to finish at or near the top of the conference. How the Cavaliers handle the preseason hype and avoid getting caught up in it will be key.

-- Jim Reedy