Here are some tidbits from Tuesday’s practice, the final one of Virginia’s training camp that was open to the public (and to the media):
Sophomore offensive tackle Morgan Moses missed his second consecutive day due to a left sprained ankle. Just as he did Monday, Moses wore a protective boot on his left foot has he walked around the practice fields.
“He’s healthy,” Virginia Coach Mike London said. “He’s fine, other than the ankle part of it. I expect him to be out here pretty soon.”
Joining Moses on the sidelines were redshirt freshman defensive end Stephen Lawe (knee) and freshman safety Kyrrel Latimer (knee). …
No decision has been made regarding the starting quarterback job, London and Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor said. London offered his thoughts on the impressions each quarterback has made through the first five days of training camp.
“David Watford has showed he’s athletic,” London said. “Everyone can see he pulls the ball down and runs about 80 yards. You’d like for him to sometimes stay in the pocket and throw the ball to the open guy. Michael Strauss has a strong arm. Michael Rocco has done a good job distributing the ball to where he’s supposed to. And Ross (Metheny) has increased his learning curve.” …
The pre-training camp depth chart listed junior Steve Greer and redshirt freshman Henry Coley as interchangeable at the middle linebacker spot, but Greer has worked almost exclusively with the first team defense thus far in training camp. London all but acknowledged that, as of now, Greer is ahead in the battle for the starting job.
“What you see of Steve is the fact that he’s a veteran guy that knows how to get lined up and make the calls,” London said. “He knows how to make the adjustments. What you see in Henry is athleticism, a guy that plays with reckless abandon. You’d like for Henry to learn more in terms of getting the guys lined up like Steve does, and if Henry can do that, then he’ll push more for the job.
“But Steve is a student of the game, and he may not be the most talented guy, but he gets you lined up. He knows where to be. He knows how to get everybody else around him lined up, and that’s something that he has right now, and we’re looking forward for him to raise his game and for Henry to get to the point where he can do the same thing that Steve can.” …
Fifth-year senior offensive tackle Landon Bradley and redshirt sophomore wide receiver Bobby Smith have yet to participate in training camp while continuing to recover from injuries. London said Bradley is dealing with back and shoulder issues, while Smith’s pain stems from his knee. It could be some time before either sees the field.
“Bobby’s still progressing,” London said. “When you’re dealing with knees and things like that, it’s tough. I understand he’s in the pool running. Landon’s issues, between the back and the shoulder and all those things like that, it’s gonna take a while for him.
“Hopefully they’ll come around and they’ll be able to contribute. But if not, the guys that are out here practicing, I have full faith and confidence in everyone that’s in the position that they’re in now. If they come back, fine. If not, then we just keep keepin’ on.” …
London said he would prefer to have decided which freshmen will redshirt and which will play this season before the Sept. 3 opener against William & Mary. Last year, only three freshmen played during the season. Don’t be surprised if that number is higher in 2011.
“When you start thinking about these players from an individual standpoint, if you do play ‘em then the whole game plan changes,” London said. “Academically, you’ve got to put them on track to graduate in four years. Socially, there are things that you’ve got to accelerate their learning process. We take that serious, as far as where guys are going to play because we know that it’s a domino effect of other things that can occur for them.”