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Before he was named Virginia's No. 1 quarterback, escapability might have been viewed as an issue with sophomore Greyson Lambert...
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Before he was named Virginia’s No. 1 quarterback, escapability might have been viewed as an issue with sophomore Greyson Lambert.

If he can’t run away from them, maybe he can run over them.

Lambert said last week that he has gained 20 pounds since the end of the 2013 football season and now weighs 238.

Why the weight gain?

“To take hits and deliver them,” said Lambert, who stands 6-foot-5 and weighed 240 at one point over the summer.

“It fluctuates. I was wanting to get a lot bigger but I didn’t want it to be bad weight. None of it has been bad weight. My goal is just to be bigger, faster, stronger.”

n One of Lambert’s roommates, fifth-year tight end Zach Swanson, was close to 265 pounds in early July and hoped to reach 275. Instead, Swanson caught a virus that dropped his weight close to the 250 mark. He’s back over 260.

Eyeing Bruins

Second-year UVa defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta said he has been watching film of Virginia’s opening-game opponent, UCLA, since the Cavaliers’ 2014 recruiting class signed in February.

“I don’t think I ever look at anybody too much” Tenuta said, “but, obviously that’s the first game. Going into spring, we’re looking for similar plays or similar formations to what our offense runs.”

If it was a UCLA play that wasn’t in the Cavaliers’ repertoire, Tenuta would ask UVa coordinator Steve Fairchild to run it. Moreover, Tenuta is familiar with UCLA offensive coordinator Noah Mazzone, who was at N.C. State in 2003 when Tenuta was Georgia Tech’s defensive coordinator.

“We’ve got [the Bruins] broken down based on every game they played last year,” Tenuta said. “I’m kind of up on that.”

By the numbers

Virginia has to hope that experience counts for something after having seven seniors available for its 2013 season finale against Virginia Tech, one of them a walk-on.

There are 21 seniors on the Cavaliers’ current roster, including 14 fifth-year seniors. Counting punter Alec Vozenilek and place-kicker Ian Frye, 11 of the seniors are projected to start, with several others in contention for No. 1 spots.

Coach Mike London had enough scholarships available to put fifth-year walk-ons Cameron Fitch, Greg Gallop and David Marrs on scholarship for an extra semester.

Marrs, from Graham High School in Bluefield, ended one early practice with an interception return for a touchdown.

Using their arms

Walk-on freshman Joe Spaziani, a quarterback from Hingham, Massachusetts, and the son of ex-Boston College head coach Frank Spaziani, is among the candidates to replace three-year long-snapper Matt Fortin, who passed up his final season of eligibility to become a Navy