The Virginia Cavaliers are coming off of their worst season in three decades and head coach Mike London came into the spring looking to make some changes for the 2014 season. On Monday, he made a major switch, naming Greyson Lambert as the team’s starting quarterback next fall and relegating former starter David Watford to the backup role. But as much as Lambert earned the starting job with a solid spring effort, Watford did himself no favors as he fumbled the job away.
After winning the job over Lambert last spring, Watford struggled to hold onto the job during the 2013 season. He completed just 57.1 percent of his passes for 2,202 yards with 8 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Watford’s athleticism, which helped him secure the job in the first place, never made much of an impact on the field as he averaged just 2.0 yards per carry, gaining 208 yards on 104 carries and scoring just three rushing touchdowns. As the season wore on, Watford lost playing time to Lambert and had some major ground to make up entering spring.
But as the spring wore on, Watford failed to impress the coaching staff. His struggles culminated with a woeful showing in the team’s spring game where he completed just 4 of 14 passes for 31 yards and two interceptions. Both London and Watford alluded to some issues that came up during the offseason that played a part in the junior’s demotion and London further explained that Watford had failed to meet expectations. Watford called it a disappointment and admitted “I fell short of some expectations.”
Watford had all kinds of potential when he won the starting job coming out of last year’s spring session but failed to live up to that potential. It cost him playing time as the 2013 season wore on and has cost him the starting job entirely this spring. Can he bounce back and find a role in the offense in 2014?