Transfer Kurt Benkert has won the battle to be Virginia's starting quarterback.

First-year head coach Bronco Mendenhall made the announcement Wednesday. He says he's been impressed with how Benkert has moved the team in practice and the consistency he has shown in his decision making.

A transfer from East Carolina, Benkert beat out incumbent Matt Johns and Connor Brewer, both fifth-year seniors, for the job. Johns started all 12 games last season and threw 20 touchdown passes, but also was intercepted 17 times.

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Virginia finished 5-7 and failed to qualify for a bowl game for the fifth consecutive season. Mendenhall replaced Mike London as coach following the season.