Terps preparing for two Virginia quarterbacks

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Virginia started quarterback Michael Rocco in its first five games, with Phillip Sims coming in as a reserve in each contest.

Then Sims started last week, with Rocco providing some mop-up work.

So regardless of who starts for the Cavaliers, Maryland probably has a decent chance of seeing both on Saturday in Charlottesville.

Unsurprisingly, the Terrapins are preparing for both.

“Sims got the opportunity to play in nearly every game, so you had the opportunity to see him and how he handles the offense,” defensive coordinator Brian Stewart said. “They’re going to run the same stuff. They do the same things. There’s not a big difference. I’m just glad I don’t have to make that quarterback decision.”

The tale of the tape isn’t particularly overwhelming for either option.

Rocco has completed 60 percent of his passes, throwing for 1,123 yards, six touchdowns and eight interceptions for an efficiency rating of 125.27.

Sims, a transfer from Alabama who was granted immediate eligibility this year, has completed 55.7 percent of his passes for 608 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions for an efficiency rating of 127.92.

“I think that they have a bit of a dilemma,” Maryland coach Randy Edsall said. “They’ve got two quarterbacks down there and how do you decide who plays because it might affect the outcome. You might have guys that are in the Rocco camp and some that are in the Sims camp. So they might have a bit of a controversy themselves in terms of playing time. We will make sure that we are ready to defend Virginia, regardless of who the quarterback is.”

Patrick Stevens

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