March 14, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Virginia quarterback Michael Rocco grew up a huge Penn State fan, and with good reason.
His father and uncle played for the late Joe Paterno, and his grandfather coached with Paterno for 19 seasons.
Michael Rocco even had an offer to extend the family ties and go to Penn State as a "grayshirt," but says once he donned Cavaliers' orange and blue, any allegiance to the Nittany Lions disappeared.
Rocco will lead the Cavaliers (1-0) against Penn State (0-1) on Saturday at Scott Stadium.
It's the second weekend in a row that Rocco has to convince himself the opponent is just another team.
Last week, he threw for 311 yards in just three quarters in leading the Cavaliers past a Richmond team coached by his uncle, Danny Rocco.