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Strauss Beats Rocco For Spiders' Starting QB Position

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Michael transferred to Richmond after two years as the Cavaliers' starter Michael transferred to Richmond after two years as the Cavaliers' starter
RICHMOND, Va (WVIR) -

Michael Strauss and Michael Rocco both enrolled at Virginia in the Fall of 2010.

When the Cavaliers quarterback position opened up in 2011, there was a competition, and Rocco won.

Strauss transferred to Richmond following his redshirt freshman season, and set-or-tied fourteen school records while starting all twelve games last year.

After two years as the Cavaliers starter, Rocco joined the Spiders before the start of last season, and had to sit out a year due to NCAA transfer rules.

Each quarterback is in his final year of eligibility.

They had another quarterback competition during spring practice, and this time, Strauss was the victor.

"I worked my butt off for five years now, and it's rewarding," says Strauss.  "Last season, I tried to do as good as I could, and show that I could handle it."

Rocco says, "We'll see what happens, but I'm not going to stop competing, and I'm not going to stop pushing everybody else. I believe that's my job as a leader on the team, and why I'm here."

Strauss adds, "Having Mike here is great. He always pushes me. At practice, you want to be a competitor too, and always one-up the next person. It's always competition that makes you better."

The UVa football team will play Richmond in the second week of the season.

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