Virginia sophomore offensive tackle Morgan Moses participated in Saturday’s scrimmage after sitting out most of last week with an ankle sprain.
Cavaliers Coach Mike London said Monday that Moses demonstrated a sufficient understanding of what he was supposed to do during plays, but the player wore down as the scrimmage – which went about 100 plays – progressed.
“Physically, sometimes that the conditioning level that you need to maintain when you’re going through your two-a-days and beginning of practice, you see how it hurts you sometimes when you’re not able to practice,” London said. “Running around the field is a lot different than practicing. I think he started out pretty strong at the beginning, but I think the conditioning level probably caught up to him there towards the latter part of the evening.”
With 19 days remaining until the season opener, London said he was confident Moses – who is expected to start at right tackle – would return to the level of physical condition necessary to compete in a game.
Also on the injury front, London said freshman outside linebacker Daquan Romero was held out of Saturday’s scrimmage due to concussion issues. But London noted Romero has since been medically cleared, and the player is expected to participate in Monday’s practice.
According to London, this week of training camp will be critical in determining which members of the freshman class will play this season. Cornerback Demetrious Nicholson and wide receivers Dominique Terrell and Darius Jennings are good bets to make that list, and London said Romero “has a chance,” as well.
“We’re about in the stage of just putting people kind of in the right positions, in the right places, right now,” London said. “Going into this week, this is kind of like, ‘These are the guys that are going to be playing.’ If I’m going to play a true freshman, then I’m going to make sure he’s a four-phase guy and at least a back-up or a guy that’s going to go in a game at a position also.”
Running back Clifton Richardson and offensive tackle Kelby Johnson are other freshmen London has pointed out by name since training camp began as players that have made positive impressions thus far.