Lambert Takes Control at QB for UVa

Greyson Lambert looked like a guy who was confident with his job security as he dumped a bucket of ice water over his head coach's head Wednesday night.

Lambert and teammate Khalek Shepherd gave Virginia coach Mike London an impromptu ice bath following Wednesday's practice, as apart of the "Ice Bucket Challenge." London and two of his assistants, Tom O'Brien and and Marques Hagans, took part in the challenge -- an online effort to raise awareness for ALS.

For Lambert, Wednesday was his third practice this preseason as the No. 1 quarterback on the UVa depth chart. The redshirt sophomore was anointed the Cavaliers' top quarterback entering camp in May, following his performance in spring practices.

Before Wednesday's practice, London was asked to assess Lambert through the first few days of summer practices.

"Greyson has done the things that we've asked our quarterbacks to do, and he's put himself in the position to be No. 1," London said. "And he knows as well as anyone that he has to continue to improve on the field -- his reads, the throws -- but he's doing a lot of nice things that we like. And as long as he keeps doing that, then it becomes the benchmark for everyone else to reach. But he's done a nice job."

Lambert spent 2013 backing up now-junior David Watford, who has been splitting time with sophomore Matt Johns with the second-team offense this week. Lambert threw for 340 yards, with a touchdown and two interceptions last season.

His seven game appearances last year were Lambert's first taste of college football. Now he says he's much more comfortable, in his second season under offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild.

"I love the offense," Lambert said this week. "I love the offense's fit to all of our playmakers, so we're able to as quarterbacks, distribute the ball and get the ball in our playmakers' hands."

"He's controlling the offense," said junior wide receiver Canaan Severin. "He's being a good leader, on the field and off the field. He's doing an excellent job. I know the receivers love working with him. We love having him as our captain, as our leader. He's just got to keep on doing what he's doing, keep working hard every day and find a way to get better."

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