Kevin Coffey
Kevin Coffey
Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
East Cleveland, Ohio

High School:
Benedictine H.S.

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 200

Position:
WR

WORTH NOTING: Finished his career as one of the lead-ing receivers in school history … rare three-year starter at wide receiver … ranks highly on virtually every list in the UVa record book … tied for fourth in yards per catch (18.0), tied for fifth in touchdown receptions (15), ninth in yards (1347) and 16th in receptions (75) … had a streak of 28 consecutive regular season games with a reception snapped by Florida State in 2000 … that is tied for the second-longest streak in school history … possession-type receiver who has a knack for getting a lot of yards after the catch … emerged as a big-play threat during the 1998 season when he averaged 25.4 yards per reception on 23 catches, tops among ACC players with at least five recep-tions … it is also a school record for players with at least 20 receptions in a season … 57 of his 75 (.760) career receptions led to either a first down or a touchdown.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

2000—Had somewhat of a down year, catching just 20 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns, all figures that represent career lows since he became a starter in 1998 … started all but two games (North Carolina, Virginia Tech), but played in every contest … third on the team in receptions and yards, second in touchdown catches … led the team in receptions against Virginia Tech (3) and in yards vs. Wake Forest (51) … had 11 receptions after four games, but caught just six in the next six games before finishing with three catches in the last regular season game against Virginia Tech … was blanked twice during the season by Florida State and Georgia Tech (also didn’t catch a pass vs. Georgia in the O’ahu Bowl) … caught three passes for 39 yards and a touchdown against Brigham Young in the opener … came back the next week with three more receptions against Richmond … caught a season-high four passes for 37 yards vs. Clemson … led the team with 51 receiving yards against Wake Forest and hauled in a 48-yard scoring strike from Dan Ellis … the Wake Forest game was the start of a stretch that saw his production drop off considerably … two catches for 51 yards in that game, followed by two for 25 vs. Maryland, none vs. Florida State, one for 22 yards against North Carolina, none vs. Georgia Tech, one for eight yards against N.C. State before finishing the season with three catches for 50 yards against Virginia Tech … earned his third letter.

1999—Appeared in all 12 games, starting 11 … did not start against Buffalo as team started two tight ends … experienced an up-and-down season … caught 11 passes in the first three games, then had just seven catches in the next five contests, before pulling in 10 passes in the last three games … seven touchdown catches led the team and ranked third in the ACC … second year in a row he led the team in touchdown receptions … tied Billy McMullen for the team lead with 28 receptions … estab-lished a career high for receptions and touchdowns … 437 receiving yards trailed only McMullen for the team lead … had a big game in the opener against North Carolina catching four passes for a season-high 101 yards and a touchdown … pulled in a 32-yard scoring strike from Dan Ellis early in the fourth quarter … in addition to his touch-down, his three other receptions all went for first downs … that was one of three 100-yard games for UVa during the season … had four catches for 48 yards and one touch-down the following week against Clemson … caught three passes for 28 yards and scored for the third week in a row against Wake Forest, but his numbers started to dwindle after that … his only catch vs. Brigham Young was a 25- yard touchdown from Ellis … that started a five-game stretch where he caught just seven passes and scored once … got back on track in November … had three receptions for 33 yards and a touchdown vs. #7 Georgia Tech … his touchdown vs. the Yellow Jackets came with just nine seconds left in the first half and was instrumental in Virginia’s rally from a 17-0 hole … followed that with a three-reception, 94-yard, two-touchdown game against Buffalo … that was the first two-touchdown performance of his career … tied his season high with four catches for 54 yards in the finale against Maryland … his only reception against Illinois in the Micronpc.com Bowl was a five-yard touchdown grab in the third quarter ... lettered.

1998—Started all 10 regular season games in which he played (did not play against Florida State due to injury) … also started against Georgia in the Peach Bowl ... caught 23 passes for 583 yards and a team-leading five touch-downs … finished third on the team in receptions, second in yards ... 21 of his 23 receptions went for either a first down or a touchdown … 14 receptions occurred on first down … had two receptions of more than 60 yards, ing a career-long 68-yarder against Georgia Tech … had just two receptions of less than 10 yards ... made just one catch in the opener at Auburn, but it was a big one … got behind the Auburn defense and caught a strike from Aaron Brooks, racing 61 yards to the end zone in the second quarter for what proved to be the winning touchdown … hauled in another Brooks’ touchdown pass, this time for 29 yards, on his first catch against Maryland in the next game … that gave him two touchdowns on two receptions to start the season … caught four passes (a career-high at the time) for 66 yards and one touchdown against Clemson … had two receptions in four consecutive games (Duke through N.C. State) … added two receptions against North Carolina … hauled in a 43-yard scoring toss from Brooks in the fourth quarter of that game for an insur-ance touchdown … had the best game of his career against Virginia Tech in the regular-season finale … caught a career-high five passes for 111 yards and one touchdown ... it was the first 100-yard game of his career ... his touchdown was vital to the Cavaliers’ record-setting comeback ... it came on fourth down and covered 24 yards early in the third quarter as UVa began to chip away at a 22-point halftime deficit ... had a clutch 24-yard reception on Virginia’s game-winning drive to move the Cavaliers out from deep in their own territory ... earned his first letter.

1997—Played in eight games ... did not play against Wake Forest, Clemson and Duke ... caught four passes for 44 yards and one touchdown on the season ... averaged 11.0 yards per reception ... had two catches for 16 yards in Virginia’s 45-0 shutout victory over Maryland ... caught a six-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Brooks in the third quarter for his first career reception ... also caught a 10- yard pass from Dan Ellis later in the third quarter ... made a season-long 20-yard reception in UVa’s 35-31 win over Georgia Tech ... that was his only catch of the game but it came during a third-quarter touchdown drive that gave Virginia a 28-24 lead ... added one reception for eight yards against Virginia Tech.

1996—Red-shirted and did not play in a game ... was in uniform against Texas, N.C. State, North Carolina and Miami in the Carquest Bowl.

HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered three years in football ... twice named Benedictine’s Offensive Player of the Year ... totaled 2,714 yards receiving for his high school career ... also lettered in basketball and track at Benedictine ... twice named the basketball team’s Most Valuable Player.

PERSONAL: Kevin Coffey ... born 12-9-77 in Cleveland, Ohio ... son of Ollie and Kathi Coffey ... has two siblings ... participated in Straight Talk ... member of the Starlight Baptist Church ... received his undergraduate degree in history in May of 2000 … competed as a graduate student during the 2000 season.