Virginia entered Saturday’s game against William & Mary planning to use seven offensive linemen during the first half, according to Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor. That plan came to fruition during the Cavaliers’ fourth offensive series, when redshirt sophomore Sean Cascarano and redshirt junior Matt Mihalik entered the game.
Cascarano subbed in at right tackle for Morgan Moses and Mihalik took over at right guard for Luke Bowanko. But instead of sitting out for a series, Moses switched over to the left tackle spot while starter Oday Aboushi got a breather.
Moses has played several positions on the offensive line already in his young college career. Last season, as a true freshman, Moses logged time at right tackle and right guard. But although his size – he’s listed at 6-foot-6 and 335 pounds – and talent would suggest he one day could be a quality option at left tackle, Moses hadn’t played at that spot in a game until Saturday.
Lazor said Moses has the skills to one day play left tackle full-time for the Cavaliers, “should it turn out that way,” and it’s possible the coaches wanted to start getting Moses some game experience on the left side because that’s where he projects as a pro.
“Right now, (Moses) is the right tackle,” Virginia Coach Mike London said Sunday. “I mean, God forbid anything happens to Oday or anything like that. But when you’re playing five, six, seven guys up front, you try to put the best combination in, and what I think Morgan has going for him is he’s played guard, he played left tackle and he’s our starting right tackle right now.”
Coaches lauded the offensive line as one of the team’s biggest strengths entering the season, and on that fourth offensive drive Saturday it became apparent why. Redshirt freshman tailback Kevin Parks ran behind Mihalik and Cascarano – the two reserves – en route to a 19-yard touchdown run.
All of the starters on the offensive line returned to their original spots for Virginia’s fifth series, which happened to be when true freshman quarterback David Watford made his collegiate debut.