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"We haven't really anointed a starter at this point," said Verica, a sophomore. "Our focus is to come out here every day and get better. That will continue to be our focus in the upcoming months. We can't get caught up in 'Who's the guy?' at this point. We'll see where the chips fall in camp."
Yesterday, they fell in Deke's favor. The California native was sharp throughout.
He has been looking forward to the opportunity to play ever since the coaching staff asked him back for a fifth season.
Deke was prepared to head into the work force if not for the chance to play college football again.
"The opportunity to play football at the University of Virginia and be a student for another year was just a no-brainer," Deke said.
Deke said Groh didn't promise him the starting job when he requested his services for another year, but Groh did present an opportunity to earn it through practice performance.
Groh has held up his end of the bargain so far.
"He gives everyone a chance at every position," Deke said. "That's the way we get the best players in the game."
Culpeper High School graduates Terence Fells-Danzer and Curt Orshoski (both redshirt freshmen) saw the first significant action of their careers yesterday.
Fells-Danzer, an inside linebacker, made three tackles, including a crushing blow on tight end Andrew Devlin. Orshoski played fullback.
Massaponax graduate Anthony Mihota had an eventful day as the Cavaliers' backup center. He had two snaps sail over the head of the quarterback and one hit the ground. North Stafford graduate Patrick Slebonick, a junior guard, sat out while still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.
Three Rock Weir awards, which are given to the most improved players in the spring, were presented to senior tight end John Phillips and freshman tackle Landon Bradley for offense, while linebacker Denzel Burrell picked up the defensive honor.
Phillips, junior cornerback Vic Hall, senior running back Cedric Peerman and senior linebacker Clint Sintim were selected as team co-captains for the upcoming season.
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