2013 Virginia Football Roster Profile: Cody Wallace

Peter Casey-US PRESSWIRE

We're now at 61 days remaining, and #61 is OL Cody Wallace. Listed on the roster as an OG, but on the depth chart as backup RT, he actually began his UVA career at OC. That kind of flexibility makes him a valuable piece of the OL puzzle. He could well be the first OL off the bench regardless of who needs to be replaced.

Position: OG/OT
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 305
Hometown: Moorestown, NJ
High School: Morrestown HS/FUMA

Cody Wallace was a 2 star recruit entering his senior year of HS when he committed to the Hoos. He actually enrolled at Virginia for summer session and then was informed that he hadn't passed the NCAA clearinghouse because he was short by a single credit. So he attended FUMA for a year, and came out as a 3 star guy. He had initially been recruited by some ACC and Big East schools, but coming out of FUMA he got some looks from Auburn and some other bigger programs. However, he stayed firm in his UVA commitment throughout.

While he played mostly at Morrestown (he also played DE), he was slotted at OC at FUMA in order to help bring him along at the position he was being recruited for. He started his career at OC, and was being groomed to be the center of the future. However, he may not have the athleticism for an OC and never really stuck there. Last year, he started the first game of the season at LG, but then suffered an injury. He never got back into the starting lineup, although he saw extensive playing time. Like the rest of the interior OL, he struggled. He and Conner Davis simply could not hold down the LG spot, and that is why Luke Bowanko has been moved there for this season.

Wallace was, at one point, a very promising prospect who looked to have a bright future. He simply hasn't developed as the staff had hoped. He's now been moved to OT, where he sits as the backup on the depth chart. He is, however, still listed at OG. The OL depth chart is fluid at this point, and figures to be so all season long unless play dramatically improves.

Wallace could see time at RT, depending on how Jay Whitmire performs. He could also see time at RG, if Cascarano is forced to move back outside. Wallace could also potentially see time at OC depending on how that position is working out. Sadly, the Hoos do not have a ton of playable depth on the OL and Wallace has experience all over the line and has the most time in the program of all the backups, so he's likely to be one of the first guys off the bench.

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