If he's healthy, sophomore quarterback Phillip Sims could be in line to make his first career start on Saturday when Virginia visits Duke.
The depth chart released Monday evening lists Sims or junior Michael Rocco -- who has started Virginia's last 18 games at quarterback -- as the starter for Saturday. But during his radio show Monday night, head coach Mike London indicated that Sims wasn't listed as the outright starter because of a lower leg injury suffered against Louisiana Tech last weekend.
London said that if he's healthy, Sims would get the first team reps in practice on Tuesday.
London declined to reveal the team's plans at quarterback earlier Monday at his weekly news conference. The Cavaliers also delayed the release of the depth chart this week until Monday evening while waiting for status updates on some injured players.
"We are going to evaluate everything that we do. And the who; and who the personnel is," London said when asked about the quarterbacks at his news conference.
Rocco has started Virginia's last 18 games, dating back to the start of the 2011 season. But Rocco threw three more interceptions -- including one returned 32 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter -- in last Saturday's 44-38 loss at home to Louisiana Tech. Rocco now has eight interceptions in five games this season, including seven during the team's current three-game losing streak.
Sims took over following Rocco's third interception on Saturday, and led the Cavaliers on touchdown drives on both of the team's final two possessions. Sims has appeared in all five games this season off the bench, throwing for five touchdowns and no interceptions.
London mentioned several times on Monday at his news conference that the coaching staff was evaluating "the who and the what" of the 2-3 Cavaliers, with quarterback just one position where playing time may be up for grabs.
"As we continue to talk as a staff -- not only about quarterbacks, but the wide receivers; Eli Harold, the defensive ends -- all those things are, going into Game 6, very important to me," London said. "Because we want to win football games, fellas. Not worried about personalities and things; we want to win games. And we want to put the best people in the game to help us win."
"When the time is right," London added," or when the time presents itself that one player has exceeded the expectations and the opportunity of another player -- whether it's the quarterback or any other position -- then that player warrants an opportunity to get a chance to play."
Possibly the only person in the room not concerned about the Virginia depth chart was sophomore running back Kevin Parks.
"We don't worry about that," he told reporters. "We feel like coach, that's his job to put the best man out there on the field, in any situation. And I'm pretty sure he's going to do the best of his ability, to what he knows. We just play. That's all we do."
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