Virginia’s position battle at center is shaping up to be a three-person race, according to Andrew Ramspacher of The Daily Progress.
Cavaliers offensive line coach Garrett Tujague told Ramspacher “By the end of fall camp, there should be an intense three-way battle there” between junior Jake Fieler, redshirt freshman Dillon Reinkensmeyer and freshman Tyler Fannin. They currently rank in that order.
“I think Dillon’s pushing (Fieler) hard there,” Tujague told The Daily Progress. “Don’t count out Tyler Fannin. That kid’s done an amazing job. He understands our offense. He and I have been talking all summer, before he even got here, on what he needs to do in calling the offense and kind of running through him. He’s done a great job of preparing himself.”
Then-senior Jackson Matteo started all 12 of Virginia’s games at center last season while Fieler served as his primary backup. Fieler started two games in 2016 at left guard, against Richmond and Virginia Tech.