Virginia offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor has an important job to do during August camp. The Cavaliers need a quarterback to step up and separate himself as the clear starter.
Looking at the Virginia schedule, the Cavaliers begin the season with William & Mary, at Indiana, at North Carolina, and Southern Miss. That’s four new defensive coordinators. Scott Boone replaces Bob Shoop at William & Mary; Mike Ekeler and Doug Mallory take over at Indiana; Art Kaufman will keep the same scheme at UNC; and Dan Disch takes over at Southern Miss.
That’s a lot of unknown, right there.
Lazor, however, seems to pride himself on having a plan for everything. He told the Daily Press,”I have a plan if that quarterback gets hurt in the first series. We'll have a plan. If he fails miserably, we'll have plans — just like if the offensive coordinator fails miserably, coach (Mike) London has a backup plan, I hope."
And going by the comments of wide receiver Matt Snyder, Virginia fans should feel comfortable.
Snyder said, “Coach Lazor is a pro. You can tell by the way he game plans, by the way he commands practices and what he demands out of us during every practice. I don't think I've had a coach like him. He's brought an offense that's the same as some of these NFL teams run. He demands we run it just like they do. He doesn't accept anything less."
In 2010, Lazor's first season at UVA, the Cavaliers averaged 25.3 points per game. That is higher than any Virginia offense has averaged since 2005.