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Virginia’s O-Line Continues To Develop

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Virginia’s O-Line Continues To Develop

Now that Virginia has a quarterback, the focus can now shift to protecting David Watford as Virginia prepares to face BYU two weeks from tomorrow.  Virginia’s offensive line has been affected by the graduation of Oday Aboushi, (now with the NY Jets) and Luke Bowanko moving from center to guard.  Morgan Moses, the Lombardi award, and Outland trophy candidate has moved from right tackle to left.  Virginia’s question mark is at center, where currently there are three options.

Virginia offensive line coach Scott Wachenheim addressed the situation at center on a conference call with the media.  ”  Jackson Mateo has not practiced the last few days, he’s a little banged up.  We’ve been working at center Ross Burbank and Cody Wallace.  Cody was a center in high school and at Fork Union, and Ross has played center for us.  So right now those guys are taking all the reps with the one’s and two’s.  We’re rotating them out and continue to search to see who will be the best option at the center position.  That battle is still on going, and we have another big scrimmage Saturday evening, and Jackson is supposed to be back for that.”

Jackson Mateo was at the top of the depth chart following spring practice.  Injuries continue to be a theme heading into the match up with BYU, however the majority of the injuries are on the BYU end.  Jared Lloyd, with the Daily Herald, and Cougarblue.com joined the Best Seat in the House on WINA to discuss the situation.  ” The cornerback position has become a huge question mark, BYU lost a two year starter in Jordan Johnson, he went down with an ACL injury on Monday.  They’ve had some other injuries they’ve brought in junior college transfers to compete for positions.”  You can hear the interview with Jared Lloyd in its entirety in the podcast section of wina.com.