UVa QB Michael Rocco Will Transfer
Virginia junior quarterback Michael Rocco asked for his release and will transfer away from Charlottesville.
The former L.C.A Bulldog met with head coach Mike London on Friday.
Roanoke Times beat reporter Doug Doughty first reported the news via twitter.
In his three years in a UVa uniform Rocco started 21 games (13 his sophomore season and eight this past season).
If Rocco, whose uncle Danny is the head coach at Richmond, transfers to a FCS (Division I-AA) team he could play immediately next season but if he decides to transfer to an FBS team he would have to sit out the 2013 season and then play his senior year in 2014. The FBS-route has been done by former ACC quarterbacks Russell Wilson (N.C. State to Wisconsin) and Danny O'Brien (Maryland to Wisconsin).
A source said a UVa assistant coach said, "We're still looking for a quarterback" after the duo of Rocco and Phillip Sims led the team to a 4-8 record.
Rocco completed 161 of 266 passes (60.5%) for 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Sims completed 114 of 203 passes for 9 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.
Based on an October conversation with Rocco's father Frank Rocco, Michael would not mind sitting out a season. Frank agreed that London has never given Michael a "full stamp of approval" despite leading the Cavaliers to an 8-5 record in 2011.
In game two of this past season against Penn State, Rocco was taken out of the game after throwing an interception. Sims replaced him and was ineffective causing London to put Rocco back in the game and he proceeded to throw a touchdown pass to Jake McGee with less than two minutes left in the game. Virginia won that game following a missed field goal by Penn State as time expired.
Frank was placed in a similar situation during his playing days at Penn State. Frank did not win the starting quarterback job but stuck it out and finished his college career with the Nittany Lions. Based on a conversation with him in October, Frank said, it was a decision, looking back, that he would not make again.
Virginia has a few other quarterbacks that were below Rocco and Sims on the depth chart. David Watford, played in 2011 during his freshman year but red-shirted this past season. Greyson Lambert, is a highly-touted recruit out of Georgia.