Richmond QBs Ready for Return to UVa

By: Lindsay Joy Email
By: Lindsay Joy Email

Almost two years after transferring from Virginia in December of 2012, Michael Rocco is still answering questions about the Cavaliers' quarterback competition.

On Wednesday, UVa head coach Mike London said he won't name a starting quarterback until Saturday prior to the Cavs' game against Richmond. Sophomores Greyson Lambert and Matt Johns are competing for the job, after Lambert started in the 'Hoos opener.

As the uncertainty continues at UVa, Rocco was asked Wednesday if either of his former teammates have reached out to him to ask for advice.

"They saw me handle what I handled at UVa, I think that's enough," said Rocco. "They're both great kids, both great leaders, great guys. I just think they'll handle it the right way. I don't think they need help with it. Everybody handles the situation differently and every situation is unique. I think they'll do the best they can."

Now a redshirt senior at Richmond, Rocco is getting ready to play in his second game in a Spider uniform. Before transferring, he spent three years at UVa and started 21 games, often splitting time with fellow quarterbacks David Watford and Phillip Sims.

"I've had a lot of thoughts about this week for a while," Rocco said of Saturday's homecoming. "But now that it's here, I'm just trying to remember the good things about my time at UVa, trying to focus on the positives. After that, it's really just a football game."

Rocco isn't the only former UVa quarterback now playing for Richmond. Michael Strauss, who started week one and split time with Rocco, began his career as a 'Hoo before transferring to in 2011.

"That'll be the last thing on my mind and Mike's mind, what's happened in the past," Strauss said Wednesday. "When we're out there, you've kind of got to stay in the moment, play in the game. If you start thinking about past things or your experience there when you're out there, you're not thinking about the right things."

"I trust my kids," Richmond head coach Danny Rocco said of keeping the emotions under control. "I've been saying it all along. They're older kids. It's a more mature group, I've got more seniors leadership. Even just being politically correct sometimes is of great value. There's a reality that we want to win."

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