London's Notes on Reynolds, Dowling, McLeod and the Backup Quarterback

Coach Mike London took some time this morning to provide some updates on a few players, including sophomore linebacker LaRoy Reynolds, senior cornerback Ras-I Dowling and junior safety Rodney McLeod. He also addressed the backup quarterback situation.

London has been impressed with what he's seen in Reynolds so far this season.

"We see an ability to get downhill and weave in and out of blockers and finding a hole. LaRoy, he's very physical and he's very emotional and he plays that way."

Some have compared the strong-side linebacker to former Virginia great Darryl Blackstock. Reynolds currently leads the Cavaliers both in total tackles (15) and tackles for loss (3).

"I think he has a chance to be really special," London said. "So far he's doing a nice job"

Of course, the question for the past two games has been, where are Ras-I Dowling and Rodney McLeod? The answer is still one of uncertainty, but it sounds as though there's a good chance one or both might play against VMI this weekend.

"Both of them practiced [this week], and they looked pretty good," London said. "We have another padded practice, full practice today and we'll try to do a little more with them, try to extend them a little more and just try to get a better feel. They're moving around pretty good. We have guarded optimism with both of them, so we'll see here pretty soon about full-fledged incorporating them into the game plan, but right now they're out there running and doing everything everybody else is doing."

Finally, London still has no response to who the No. 2 quarterback is, as it's been a tight race between redshirt freshman Ross Metheny and true freshmen Mike Rocco and Michael Strauss. When asked whether the fact that Metheny does not still have a redshirt year at his disposal has any bearing, London noted that, while it is factored into the equation, it is not the determining factor.

"The factor for us," London replied, "is, if Marc went down, the next guy who goes in is the next best quarterback."

"Today's another padded practice with a lot of blitz pickups, different things like that, so we'll see the level of improvement that the other three have made."

London also commented that, if the game is not on the line, he may send Metheny in to get a few snaps under his belt and get him battle-tested in case of emergency.

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