Former UVa Quarterbacks Strauss and Rocco Ready for Richmond-Wahoo Showdown
Richmond fifth year senior quarterbacks Michael Strauss and Michael Rocco will face their former team this Saturday at Scott Stadium when the Spiders play at Virginia at 3:30pm.
Strauss never threw a pass in his two seasons at Virginia but he's found success at Richmond, breaking or tieing 14 school records last season. He's Richmond's starting quarterback.
Strauss says, "That'll be the last thing on mine and Michaels' mind is what happened in the past. I'm sure when you're out there you have to stay in the moment of that game. If you start thinking about past things or your experience there while you're out there you're not thinking about the right things so the main thing for me is to be in the moment, stay in the moment."
Michael Rocco had to sit out last year after transferring and he's now splitting time with Strauss.
Rocco led Virginia to an 8-5 record and a Chick-fil-A bowl appearance in 2011, but then transferred a year later when he was forced to split time with philip sims in a disappointing 4-8 season.
Rocco says, "I'm not trying to prove anything to anyone, I'm a fifth year senior and I've had a lot of good times in my career and I've had some bad times. I believe I've shown what I've shown and it doesn't really matter anymore, what matters is winning against Virginia this week."
Both guys say they haven't paid too much attention to the current quarterback conundrum at Virginia, but they did notice Virginia's impressive defense against UCLA last weekend.
Strauss says, "We both know they have athletes, they have good players and I'm happy they played well, its good for them, its good for us, a bigger challenge. We like challenges."
Both Rocco and Strauss will be out at midfield at Scott Stadium Saturday before the game for the coin toss. Both guys requested to be Richmond game captains for this contest.
Rocco says, "I really don't know what the reception will be like, I hope its positive. I hope people remember the good times that we've had at UVA like I try to do, but at the end of the day it'll only last five seconds and I'll appreciate it and then move on and play the game."
Richmond head coach Danny Rocco says, "They've been fired up this week and they've been fired up for the season and hopefully here at the end of the week we have ourselves in a position that we feel we can go up there and compete."
Richmond is coming off a 55-10 win over Morehead State last weekend. Virginia lost to UCLA 28-20.
The Richmond-Virginia football rivalry dates back to 1893. Richmond hasn't beaten Virginia since 1946.
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