Tag: Matt Johns

Doubling down: Matt Johns to get start at QB for UVA at Virginia Tech

Matt Johns was given the start at quarterback last week to give a late-season spark to UVA. The spark never materialized in a 31-17 loss to Georgia Tech.


UVA senior Matt Johns back to competing for starting QB job

UVA senior quarterback Matt Johns has started 15 games as a Cavalier, including all 12 games in 2015, throwing for 3,919 yards and 28 touchdowns in his career.


UVA opens football practice: QB battle begins

The first day of UVA football practice means the first day of the three-way battle to see who will be the starting quarterback.


UVA quarterback Matt Johns earns two preseason honors

Virginia quarterback Matt Johns has been named to the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List and named an Allstate AFCA Good Works Team nominee.


UVA Football Notebook: The QB situation, early rankings

First, to the obvious: no way Kurt Benkert leaves ECU for UVA if there isn’t something going on with Matt Johns.


Better to be lucky than good: Facemask penalty keeps game-tying drive alive for UVA

Third-and-15 from the UVA 9. Cavs down three inside of six minutes to go. The offense is in this position because of another dumb penalty, a delay of game after a first-down pass from Matt Johns to Canaan Severin.


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Back to basics: UVA football needs to address issues with getting plays in from coaches to QB

UVA football coach Mike London addressed communication issues with his defense last week by moving defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta from the press box to the sidelines. This week, London was asked about communication issues with his offense, which has had three delay-of-game penalties and used nine timeouts due to delays in getting plays called from offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild to quarterback Matt Johns.


UVA quarterback Matt Johns: Ready to lead

Matt Johns was third on the depth chart at quarterback heading into UVA’s season opener against UCLA last year, but when starter Greyson Lambert struggled in the first half, throwing two pick-sixes as the 10th-ranked Bruins built a 21-3 second-quarter lead, Johns was called into action.


Quiet confidence: UVA football focused heading into 2015

There are no expectations for UVA football heading into 2015, which is par for the course for a program that has put up seven losing seasons in the last nine years. Don’t tell that to the locker room, which is full of guys ready to turn things around.


Is Matt Johns ready to take the reins at QB for UVA?

UVA coach Mike London and wide receiver told their versions of the story of the day that Matt Johns made his debut as the Virginia quarterback.


Greyson Lambert tweets intent to transfer: UVA football down to one scholarship QB

Last season’s UVA starting quarterback, Greyson Lambert, announced Saturday on Twitter that he intends to transfer, leaving Virginia with just one scholarship quarterback on the roster heading into the summer.


UVA coach Mike London goes with Matt Johns at QB: Surprised? You shouldn’t be

UVA football coach Mike London released his post-spring depth chart Thursday, and you’re forgiven if your eyes glazed over everything else on your way to the line for quarterbacks. Seeing Matt Johns on the top line was probably a surprise. It shouldn’t have been.


Regression? UVA quarterbacks struggle in spring game

Subpar quarterback play is the key reason UVA football coach Mike London is on the hot seat the past three years. The bad news for London coming out of the spring is that the two candidates to be the starter in the fall didn’t show well.


Video: UVA football interviews after 2015 spring game

Interviews with UVA football players Greyson Lambert, Matt Johns, Quin Blanding, T.j. Thorpe and Ross Burbank after Virginia’s 2015 spring football game.


Can UVA football find consistency at quarterback?

UVA football under coach Mike London has been marked by inconsistent play and production from the quarterback position.


Video: UVA football player Matt Johns

UVA football player Matt Johns talks with reporters before an April 3, 2015 spring scrimmage.


Mo’ money, mo’ problems: UVA football and the bottom line

How would the 2014 UVA football season have gone differently if Matt Johns had been the starter at quarterback from day one?


Greyson Lambert vs. Matt Johns: ‘Hoo was the better UVA QB?

Greyson Lambert was the starting quarterback for the UVA opener at home against Top 10 UCLA on Aug. 30, but he didn’t even make it to halftime.


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Virginia Tech rallies late, defeats UVA, 24-20, extends winning streak to 11

Virginia Tech used a late scoring drive to escape frigid Lane Stadium with a 24-20 win over UVA here Friday night. The win was the 11th straight for Tecgh over the Cavaliers and keeps the Hokies’ bowl streak intact at 22 years.


Another devastating loss: The end of the Mike London era?

For the fourth time this season, UVA lost a game in which it outplayed its opponent statistically. Which suggests that there is talent in the program. And suggests that the problem isn’t on the field, but with the guys in headsets.


Greyson Lambert not listed on UVA injury report: Who starts at QB vs. UNC?

Greyson Lambert was not listed on the UVA football injury report released on Thursday, meaning the opening-day starting quarterback is considered fully available for action on Saturday against UNC.


UVA football fans: About to jump ship?

I had a conversation with a fellow UVA football fan last week that went something like this: Mike London is a good coach, a great recruiter, and he’s the guy who can get Virginia football back to where it was under George Welsh.


UVA Sports Today: Can the ‘Hoos get a must-win against UNC?

Host Jeff Fife and Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham bring you UVA Sports Today. This week’s podcast begins with a look back at Virginia’s 20-13 loss at Duke. Jeff questions Chris on his column referencing quarterback Matt Johns as the man at UVA and questions whether Greyson Lambert needs to be reinserted as the starter.


Matt Johns: Is he the guy at quarterback for UVA football?

Greyson Lambert was anointed as starting quarterback by UVA football coach Mike London coming out of the spring, supplanting last year’s starter, David Watford, who slid to second on the depth chart.


Video: UVA quarterback Matt Johns

UVA quarterback Matt Johns talks with reporters after the Cavs’ 20-13 loss at Duke on Oct. 18, 2014, at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C., in ACC football action.


Press Conference: Duke coach David Cutcliffe

Interviews with Duke football coach David Cutcliffe and Duke players after the Blue Devils’ 20-13 win over UVA on Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C.


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Next step in UVA rebuilding process: Learning how to win

UVA had a commanding 24-3 lead at the half Saturday night against Pitt. Scott Stadium was buzzing. A blowout win over an ACC rival was in the making. The Cavs had the ball to start the second half. Build on the strong second quarter showing with a successful first drive, put some more points on the board, and the game was over.


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Postgame: Inside the UVA locker room after 24-19 win over Pitt

Highlights from the postgame interviews with UVA coach Mike London and Virginia players following the Cavs’ 24-19 ACC win over Pitt.


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UVA holds off late Pitt rally, wins 24-19, improves to 2-0 in ACC

UVA raced out to a 24-3 halftime lead, but Pitt hung around until the late stages before finally falling, 24-19, before 43,307 in Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday night.


Meaningful October football: Can UVA get leg up on ACC Coastal race?

How long has it been since UVA Nation was getting ready for a meaningful fall football game in Scott Stadium? It turns out that 2011 was only three years ago, but it feels like forever.


UVA does what it needs to do in blowout win over Kent State

UVAhad come into its game with Kent State as 27-point favorites, but they were outplayed in the first half by the Golden Flashes, whose most recent effort was a 66-0 pasting at the hands of Ohio State.


UVA overcomes sloppy first half, dominates Kent State, 45-13

UVA was outplayed in a sloppy first half by heavy underdog Kent State, but took control in a dominant third quarter and ultimately coasted to a 45-13 win in front of just 33,526 fans at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday.


At greater risk of the upset this weekend: UVA or Virginia Tech?

There’s a reason Vegas puts numbers on games, too, and UVA, as much as a 26.5-point favorite over Kent State, and Virginia Tech, a 21-point favorite over Western Michigan, aren’t likely to even be in close games.


UVA depth chart still doesn’t define starter at quarterback

Greyson Lambert and Matt Johns each saw action in Saturday’s 41-33 UVA loss at #21 BYU, and both are listed at the top of the depth chart at quarterback for this weekend’s game with Kent State.


Press Conference: UVA football coach Mike London

UVA football coach Mike London talks with reporters on Monday. The Cavs (2-2, 1-0 ACC) face off with Kent State (0-3) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Charlottesville.


Notebook: Inside UVA’s 41-33 loss at #21 BYU

UVA dominates stats, except for the important one: Virginia outgained #21 BYU by nearly 200 yards, had more than twice as many first downs, had the ball twice as long, and still lost.


#21 BYU escapes UVA in wild one out west, 41-33

UVA outgained heavy favorite BYU by 183 total yards, had 19 more first downs and had the ball for more than 40 minutes, but the Cougars escaped with a 41-33 win on Saturday in Provo, Utah.


Greyson Lambert needs to be the guy for UVA

It was obvious before last week’s 23-21 win over then-#21 Louisville that UVA coach Mike London needed to just go with Greyson Lambert as his quarterback.


Still two? UVA depth chart lists Lambert, or Johns, as starting QB at BYU

The UVA quarterback situation is still officially unsettled. The depth chart for Saturday’s game at BYU has Greyson Lambert and Matt Johns listed at #1 at quarterback.


Press Conference: UVA football coach Mike London

UVA football coach Mike London talks with reporters after the Cavs’ 23-21 upset win over #21 Louisville on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va.


Greyson Lambert needs to be the man for UVA on Saturday

The struggles of Greyson Lambert as the new starting quarterback at UVA have been well-chronicled, here and elsewhere. If Lambert even just manages the game against then-seventh-ranked UCLA in the opener two weeks ago, the Cavs pull off the monumental upset.


UVA rolls past turnover-riddled Richmond, 45-13

UVA transfers Michael Strauss and Michael Rocco threw for a combined 363 yards, but Richmond turned the ball over seven times, and Virginia made the Spiders pay in posting a 45-13 pasting before 34,533 fans and 30,414 empty seats in Scott Stadium on Saturday.


UVA enters, leaves Week 2 with quarterback controversy

Greyson Lambert started for UVA on Saturday, as expected. Matt Johns relieved, as expected. David Watford, the 2013 starter, even got two series, but that was pure mop up duty.


Video: Interview with UVA quarterback Matt Johns

UVA quarterback Matt Johns talks with reporters after the Cavs’ 45-13 win over Richmond on Saturday.


Press Conference: UVA football coach Mike London

UVA football coach Mike London talks with reporters after Virginia’s 45-13 win over Richmond on Saturday.


Quarterback controversy and other reasons why UVA football will limp past Richmond on Saturday

UVA coach Mike London isn’t naming a starting quarterback heading into Saturday’s game with Richmond, but it doesn’t take a genius to figure out who’s going to trot out with the offense for Virginia’s first possession.


Indecision about quarterback about to wreck UVA football season?

There’s an old saying about teams with quarterback controversies. If your coach says he’s having a hard time deciding between two quarterbacks, it really means he doesn’t have one.


Mike London on starting QB: Matt Johns. Or Greyson Lambert. Maybe both

UVA football coach Mike London enters this week still not having made a decision on who his starting quarterback will be for the Cavs’ Week 2 matchup with Richmond.


Mike London gets the QB right, or he’s done

There has been a lot wrong about UVA football these past nine years, three of them winning seasons, but the biggest hindrance has been quarterback play.


Hope ya like Mike London: ‘Cuz he ain’t goin’ anywhere

Mike London came into Saturday on the hot seat. What his UVA football team showed in a 28-20 loss to seventh-ranked UCLA seems to indicate that he will keep his job at the end of the year.