Breaking News: Virginia's Michael Rocco Will Transfer

Ben GibsonSenior Analyst IDecember 1, 2012

FORT WORTH, TX - SEPTEMBER 22:  Michael Rocco #16 of the Virginia Cavaliers at Amon G. Carter Stadium on September 22, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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We all know the expression that when you have two starting quarterbacks, you really do not have any.

Virginia football was held hostage by the logjam at the signal caller position between Michael Rocco and redshirt sophomore and Alabama transfer Phillip Sims. After a 4-8 campaign and both being eligible next season, something had to change.

Well, it did. Roanoke Times beat writer Doug Doughty broke the report that Rocco is leaving Virginia after three seasons.

Despite getting the nod at the beginning of the season, the tantalizing concept of a former No. 1 ranked quarterback recruit out of high school was just too much for everyone to resist.

Rocco's constant need to look over his shoulder finally became too much for him. He faced similar scrutiny in 2011 when true freshman David Watford was being brought in sporadically as well.

The inconsistent performances forced coach Mike London to make a decision and give the job to Rocco. Virginia reeled off an eight-win season and went to its first bowl game since 2007.

No similar epiphany came this time around. 

Sims may not have the experience or the playbook knowledge to completely supplant Rocco, but every move by coach London made it clear that he was the future and the rising senior was yesterday's news.

Rocco will have to sit out a season if he plans to stay in FBS. It will be interesting to see which schools come calling. In three seasons of work, Rocco had 4,731 passing yards with 27 touchdowns and 24 interceptions.

While he never found that consistency to make him one of the top quarterbacks of the ACC, his two-minute drive to defeat Florida State in 2011 and his poise this season against Miami are memories he will have forever.

Rocco might not have gotten a fair shot at Virginia, but he did leave a positive impression with most. He fought hard for his spot and the team.

Still, while this move was not unexpected it does not fully clear up the quarterback situation.

Sims will still have to deal with redshirt freshman Greyson Lambert, a projected starter in the eyes of many. There is also redshirt sophomore David Watford, a play-maker who might be asking for a transfer before too long.

The season is only a week old and big changes are already hitting the Virginia football team.

What will come next?