London: Don't Expect QB Decision Until Saturday

It wouldn't be a Virginia football season without a lingering question at the quarterback position.

UVa coach Mike London said Monday that the coaching staff will use the week to evaluate the quarterback position, and doesn't plan to announce a starter before this weekend's visit from Richmond.

Sophomores Greyson Lambert and Matt Johns were listed as the co-starters on the depth chart released Monday afternoon.

"Right now there is no answer to that," London said Monday, when asked if he had decided on a starter. "I mean, you saw the depth chart today, and we'll make the decision on Saturday as to who will be the starter. But both of them are going to play."

Lambert made his first college start last Saturday against UCLA, but was benched after throwing a pair of second-quarter interceptions that were both returned for touchdowns. Johns came off the bench to almost lead the Cavaliers to an upset of the seventh-ranked Bruins, throwing for a pair of touchdowns in the 28-20 loss.

"There is a process to this, and today is Monday," London said. "Tomorrow is our first day of practice. And we'll continue to keep evaluating where we are, what we're doing at that position."

Lambert finished the game 16-of-23 passing for 112 yards, with the two interceptions. Johns finished 13-of-22 for 154 yards and the two touchdowns, and also ran for 13 yards on four carries.

"I feel like both of them did great things, and both of them still have things to work on," senior running back Kevin Parks said Monday. "And that's everybody on the team. Everybody has little things to work at, so we can be a better team, and finish games off. Stuff like that. So I felt good about both of them."

London pointed to Lambert's benching as an example of the increased level of accountability Cavaliers players will be held to this season. He also mentioned a pair of offensive players who were pulled off the field after committing penalties.

"2-10 wasn't good enough last year," London said. "And collectively, as a senior-led group, having the standards of accountability and responsibility is something that they want. We want. I want."

Parks, one of the Cavaliers' senior captains, agreed.

"I feel like, coming out of that game, we should have won that game," he said. "Everybody can talk about, "You all did good." But at the end of the day we still didn't win. So that's what we want to do. We want to improve each week, and find ways to win games like that."

London also said he expected defensive tackle Andrew Brown and wide receiver Jamil Kamara to make their college debuts against the Spiders on Saturday. Both true freshmen were dressed for last weekend's opener, but didn't see any playing time.


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