Elliott 'pleased with the progress' amid quarterback battle
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. (CBS19 SPORTS)-- The UVA quarterback room didn't skip a beat when Brennan Armstrong entered the transfer portal, instead Monmouth transfer Tony Muskett and dual sport athlete Jay Woolfolk have taken up under center and are splitting first-team reps.
"I'm pleased with the progress," started head football coach Tony Elliott, "We're in a different place than where we were last spring. But in fairness to those guys, last spring was completely new."
Muskett who made his way to grounds in just January is already transitioning nicely Elliot said. During his time at Monmouth Muskett became a three-year starter, a two-time first-team all-conference selection and a 2021 HERO Sports Sophomore All-American. The Virginia native threw for over 7,000 yards in his high school career at West Springfield High School.
"This is new to Tony but obviously," said Elliott, "But Tony's played a lot of football so you think about a guy like him, it's kind of like a free agent quarterback, you know that he's done what we've done. He just has to transition the terminology,"
On the opposite side of this quarterback battle is Jay Woolfolk, who has been splitting his spring between pitching for the UVA baseball team and football workouts. Elliott and baseball head coach Brian O'Connor are in constant communication, scheduling and making sure Woolfolk isn't being overworked. It is something they didn't have to do last year; with Armstrong taking first-team reps, Woolfolk wasn't as needed during spring workouts.
"If Jay is available to practice with us, and this was the first week that he was able to get to full practices around his baseball schedule because baseball is a priority and it's really based off of his availability to pitch that week, that will determine how many throws that we get in practice," said Elliott, "So he was able to go Tuesday and Thursday and in live reps with us he looked good."
Woolfolk is a standout in the UVA bullpen. With 10 games finished on the mound Woolfolk currently leads the ACC in closing. Elliott says Woolfolk has a bright future in both baseball and football, and this spring making sure he is fully available and healthy for both has been a priority.