The Virginia defense outplayed the offense through much of the game, and Greyson Lambert threw the game's only two touchdown passes in the UVa football team's annual Orange-Blue spring game on Saturday at Scott Stadium.
Two of the UVa offense's leaders missed the game, with rising senior tight end Jake McGee and rising senior running back Kevin Parks both out with injuries. While some of the Cavaliers' younger playmakers were able to step up in their absences, head coach Mike London said his team has a lot of room to grow as spring practice comes to an end.
"There's always room for improvement with this team," London said after the game. "We have a ways to go in terms of getting where we need to be to have the type of season we all want. The good thing is you have film and you have evaluations, and you have players holding each other accountable, responsible, and that's been a positive for us this spring."
Lambert, a rising sophomore who appeared in seven games in 2013, completed 18-of-31 passes for 220 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Lambert called the offense's performance 'frustrating,' especially in the first half when they struggled to sustain a drive.
"We came in at halftime and we were just kind of saying, I mean Conner Davis said 'no words need to be said. We know this isn't how we play, so let's just come back and have a whole new game so to speak,'" Lambert said of the team's frustration. "We were able to put some things together after that."
"There were a lot of missed opportunities," said freshman wide receiver Andre Levrone, who caught a touchdown pass from Lambert in the first half. "When we came off at the end of the game, we ended on a pretty good note. We scored a touchdown on that last drive. I feel like we were confident about the way we ended our performance, and it's not always how you start, it's how you finish."
Returning starting quarterback and rising junior David Watford finished 4-for-14 for 31 yards with two interceptions, while rising sophomore Matt Johns was 6-for-19 for 43 yards. London still has not set an exact timetable for when the Cavaliers will name a starting quarterback.
"We'll make that decision early," he said. "We'll make that decision soon. We'll make that decision when all these opportunities to evaluate these guys present themselves."
During the game, UVa announced the captains for the 2014 season. As voted on by the team, Lambert was chosen to be a captain while Watford was not. The other three captains are senior safety Anthony Harris, senior linebacker Henry Coley, and Parks.