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“They’ve got to be capable of becoming the face of the program,” the coordinator said. “I think the Virginia alumni expect that when the Virginia starting QB stands up and talks to an alumni group, or talks on TV, that he represents what they want this school to be in the way he presents himself and carries himself.

“We want the ultimate guy, and we’re going to recruit that way.”

That’s a lot of pressure, but it’s a burden Lambert won’t have to worry about for a little while as he continues to gain experience working with the third string.

Enrolling a semester early, though, will only increase his exposure, both to the offense and fans eager for an elite signal-caller.

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