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Kurt Benkert tabbed UVa starting quarterback

Posted at 2:15 PM, Aug 24, 2016
Virginia Cavaliers (Photo: Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images )

Virginia Cavaliers (Photo: Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images )

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Kurt Benkert, a transfer from East Carolina, will open the season as Virginia's starting quarterback. First-year head coach Bronco Mendenhall made the announcement Wednesday.

"I've really been impressed with how he's moved the team," Mendenhall said. "He is a good decision maker, has a very strong arm and natural leadership skills."

Benkert was named the starting QB at ECU prior to the 2015 season, but he suffered a season-ending knee injury during fall camp.

Virginia opens its 2016 season September 3rd, at home, against Richmond.