Virginia Coach Mike London promised his quarterback competition wouldn’t last long this August, an indication that perhaps the constant rotation under center the past two years would become a thing of the past. On Monday, one week after training camp began, he delivered on his word.
London officially named redshirt sophomore David Watford the Cavaliers’ starting quarterback when they begin the 2013 season against BYU on Aug. 31. Watford, who redshirted last season after playing as a true freshman, beat out redshirt freshman Greyson Lambert for the job.
London said Watford’s steady improvement and prior game experience — he appeared in 10 games and attempted 74 passes in 2011 — were huge factors for him and new offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild. The two coaches informed both quarterbacks of their decision during a meeting Sunday night after Virginia held its first preseason scrimmage Saturday.
“I just think David is a little bit ahead of [Lambert] in terms of being able to go on the field in a game and direct our team, particularly with what we’re planning to do this year with our offensive scheme,” London said.