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Coach: Virginia starting QB a game-day decision

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 1, 2014 at 5:44 pm •  Published: September 1, 2014
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Quarterback Greyson Lambert's tenure as the face of Virginia football didn't even last until halftime of the season-opener. He was replaced by Matt Johns, and Johns played the entire second half.

Virginia coach Mike London insists there's no quarterback controversy, but said who starts will be a game-day decision. The coach said both quarterbacks will play on Saturday when the Cavaliers (0-1) host Richmond (1-0) hoping to end a 10-game losing streak.

London also is employing a higher accountability standard this season for players that make mistakes.

In Virginia's opening 28-20 loss to No. 7 UCLA, an offensive lineman that jumped offsides was pulled from the game, and so was a wide receiver that lined up incorrectly, leading to a formation penalty.

The most noticeable hook, though, came for Lambert after an interception that was returned for a touchdown. It was UCLA's third defensive touchdown of the second quarter, and Lambert's last play.

"You evaluate players on what they do and how they do and how they execute what's being asked," London said Monday, adding that increased accountability is something his players wanted. "That's the basic premise on what we talk about in terms of who will play and how they'll play and when they'll play."

After finishing 4-8 in 2012 and 2-10 last season, there's not much room for more losing.

"Two and 10 wasn't good enough last year," London said. "Collectively, as a senior-led group, having the standards of accountability and responsibility of something is what they want, we want, I want."

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