Tape It Up: Virginia: It Wasn't The Wrist

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Virginia: It Wasn't The Wrist

Virginia head coach Al Groh isn't blaming quarterback Jameel Sewell's surgically repaired left wrist for the poor performance he put together in the team's 23-3 loss at the hands of Wyoming last Saturday. (He may be blaming other parts of the second-year starter for completing just 11 of 23 passes and throwing two picks, like his decision-making skills, but the wrist is not the culprit.) Just the same, Groh is taking no chances, and keeping freshman quarterback Peter Lalich right where he can see him, out of a redshirt.

Sewell played last season with a broken bone in his wrist before having surgery on it in December. Since pain in that wrist can rear its ugly head at any time, according to team doctors, Lalich will spend the season in wait, preparing for the possibility that Sewell will need a replacement at some point. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound freshman completed three of his five pass attempts in the final series of last week's loss, gaining 16 yards and his first taste of collegiate action.

Sewell will get the start this weekend against Duke, but Groh has not ruled out the possibility of using both QBs, since Lalich is more of a pocket-passer while Sewell is a run threat as well.

Dias Goes Down, Again
Linebacker Jermaine Dias will have to watch the QB battle unfold from the sidelines, as he injured his ankle in the second quarter of last week's game, and will be out this week while it heals. Dias recorded three tackles in the first quarter before rolling over the ankle on the first play of the second period, taking him out of the game early, again. This marks the third time in four years that Dias has missed early-season time because of ankle injuries.

Sophomore Denzel Burrell will start Saturday after filling in for Dias in the final three quarters last week. Burrell has also been hampered by injury, playing in just two games last season before missing the rest of the year with a knee injury.

Even without Dias, The Cavaliers should have no problem containing Duke's offense. If they do, it's safe to say that their season is over.

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