Latest on UVA season opener, QB battle from Bronco Mendenhall
UVA football coach Bronco Mendenhall said Friday that it isn’t looking likely that the program will try to replace VMI on the 2020 schedule.
“That’s the latest I’ve heard,” said Mendenhall, whose team had been scheduled to open 2020 at home on Friday, Sept. 11, against the Keydets, before VMI, following the lead of the Southern Conference, canceled its fall season.
Mendenhall said the status of the opening weekend is “not definitive yet,” but it sounded like he was preparing for the opener to be Week 2, on Sept. 19 on the road at Virginia Tech.
That would make it so that, effectively, there would still be four weeks to go until the opener, which might not be so bad, considering Mendenhall and his staff haven’t yet settled on a starting quarterback.
The battle to replace record-setting signal-caller Bryce Perkins is heating up between redshirt sophomore Brennan Armstrong and Mississippi State grad transfer Keytaon Thompson.
Mendenhall said as of today, “the slight nod” would go to Armstrong.
“Keytaon is an amazing athlete and can do a lot of things really well. A few other surprises, I would say, is how well Lindell Stone is managing the team, and how quickly Ira Armstead is coming along. I like our depth at quarterback, and I like the possibilities of that position being the healthiest that it’s been since I’ve been the coach at UVA,” Mendenhall said.
- Mendenhall said the NCAA did not grant the request for Indiana transfer tailback Ronnie Walker to be eligible immediately, but the program is awaiting word on an appeal of that ruling.
- Wideout Dontayvion Wicks is out for the season with an injury suffered in practice last week.
Story by Chris Graham