"I don't want to be a guy who kind of four, five years out of college is still trying to cling to that dream of trying to make it," the econ major had previously said in a Free Lance-Star story. "I'm definitely going to give this a shot, and if there comes a time where the writing is on the wall and it's just not really happening, I have options. But for now, I'm going to do everything that I can to make the team."
Verica finished his senior season at Virginia with 223 completions in 396 attempts (58.8%). Averaging 7.07 yards per attempt, he amassed 2,799 passing yards in 2010, behind only Matt Schaub's 2002 (2,976 yards) and 2003 (2,952) seasons. He also threw for 14 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
The 6'3", 210 quarterback finished his career No. 6 all-time at UVa with 4,992 passing yards. He is also No. 3 all-time at UVa with both 487 career completions and a .599 career completion percentage. He was selected to play in the inaugural Eastham Energy College Football All-Star game in Tempe, Ariz., on Jan. 23, 2011.
This is really too bad for Verica, who bore the brunt of a lot of fan frustration last fall. Props to him though, for working so hard during the offseason to have a shot with the 'Skins, who continue to make one bad decision after another (Go! Yeah I said it.).
No doubt in my mind, though, that Verica won't let this keep him down.