Virginia’s quarterback situation remains in flux as, according to head coach Mike London, both Greyson Lambert and Matt Johns will play Saturday in the Cavalier's game against Richmond.
Lambert came into the season as Virginia’s starter, but was benched before halftime in the Cavaliers’ opener against UCLA. Johns took over and provided a spark for the offense throwing for two touchdowns in a comeback bid that fell just short against the Bruins.
Given how well Johns played and how quickly London was willing to pull Lambert, it appears Lambert did not have as tight a grip on the position as many may have thought. Now London will play both quarterbacks in an apparent audition for the starting job.
“We’ll make the decision Saturday as to who will be the starter, but both of them are going to play,” said London in a press conference Monday.
The implication does not seem to be that London is considering a type of two quarterback system but is rather giving both quarterbacks game time in order to further evaluate them and pick a starter going forward. The Cavaliers play FCS Richmond this Saturday, allowing Virginia flexability to experiment.
London gave no indication as to who would start, but did remark that he was pleased with how Johns handled his opportunity against UCLA.
“Having the opportunity to have played and demonstrated what he did in a competitive situation, he did a good job for himself,” said London. “He was excited about the opportunity, and we’ll try to continue to keep doing things to allow us to put people, players in the position to help us win.”
Johns led the Cavaliers to a touchdown on his first drive and added a second touchdown in the second half.
“When you do something like that,” said London, “then it’s reasonable for us to look at a player and say, listen, let’s give him other opportunities to make sure we can evaluate him.”
He’ll get another opportunity on Saturday against Richmond as he continues to set his sights on the starting job.
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