WORTH NOTING: Just the third punter to play as a true freshman since 1972 … dropped 15 punts inside the 20-yard line, second most by a freshman in school history and the most since Jeff Walker had 18 in 1981 … was the only freshman punter in the ACC last season … his 62 punts were third most in the conference … also finished third in the ACC with 15 punts inside the 20 and touchback percentage (just four of 62 were touchbacks) … did a good job of limiting returns … opponents averaged just 8.6 yards per return, the 24th-lowest average in the country … the return average by the opponents is UVa’s lowest since an 8.0 average in 1997 … that was also the last time the Cavaliers held the opposition under 10 yards per return … outstanding athlete … started as a true freshman in two sports … starter in left field on the UVa baseball team before getting injured and missing most of the season ... started 13 of 15 games before his injury and batted .385 with 10 RBI and one home run.
HONORS: 2002— ACC All-Freshman Team by The Sporting News
AT VIRGINIA: 2002—Tabbed the starting punter by head coach Al Groh before he reported for training camp … averaged 36.7 yards per punt … third in the ACC with 15 punts inside the 20-yard line … dropped at least one punt inside the 20 in 11 games … averaged 39.6 yards on five punts in his first college game against Colorado State … boomed a 51-yarder on his fourth attempt … had a 44.0-yard average against Akron, the best of his young career … career-long 55-yard boot vs. Duke … had a 51-yarder the next week against Clemson … dropped three of four punts against Clemson inside the 20 … held dangerous return man Derrick Hamilton to two returns for 15 yards in that game … had a 40.2-yard average vs. Georgia Tech with two inside the 20 … held Maryland return man Steve Suter to just two returns for eight yards as the Cavaliers upset the Terrapins late in the season … punted just once, following UVa’s first possession, against West Virginia in the Continental Tire Bowl, but forced a fair catch inside the 20.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year starter at Cave Spring High School for coach Ben Foutz … standout wide receiver and defensive back, as well as punter … PrepStar All-American … listed as the top punter/place-kicker in the Atlantic region by PrepStar … ranked as the #12 kicker in the nation by Rivals.com … listed as the 25th-best player in Virginia by SuperPrep … rated the #28 player in the state by the Roanoke Times … Prep Football Report’s #63 player in the Mid-Atlantic Coast region … ranked as the #31 player in Virginia on the Charlottesville Daily Progress “Gold List” … five stars by Max Emfinger … first-team Group AAA All-State as a junior and senior … averaged 42.3 yards per punt as a senior and placed 15 punts inside the 20-yard line … also caught 30 passes for 625 yards and five touchdowns on offense, while adding 22 tackles, 12 pass breakups and seven interceptions as a defensive back … handled the team’s kicking duties, too … 26 of 35 kickoffs were not returned … team captain and MVP … averaged 47 yards per punt in a state playoff game during his senior season … he tied a state playoff record by booting a 52-yard field goal in that game … also caught six passes and had two interceptions in the game … had a 43.0-yard punting average as a junior … caught 20 passes for 358 yards and five touchdowns, made 35 tackles, broke up 13 passes and had seven interceptions that season … first-team All-District and All-Region his last two seasons … averaged 38 yards per punt and was a second-team All-District selection as a freshman … is a highly touted baseball player … first-team All-District and All-Region and second-team All-State his sophomore, junior and senior seasons … who batted .575 with 11 home runs as a junior ... also played basketball and was a key member of the state championship squad as a senior … second-team All-District.
PERSONAL: Thomas Johnson Hagan … born 9-22-83 in Charleston, S.C. … son of Hugh and Anne Hagan … has a brother, Tye (16), and a sister, Piper (11) … both parents attended Virginia … graduated from same high school as current NFL stars and former UVa standouts Tiki and Ronde Barber … Beta Club member … finalist for the Harry F. Byrd Leadership award … listed in Who’s Who Among American High School Students … B’nai B’rith award winner … involved in Habitat for Humanity … Relay for Life volunteer … active in various enrichment programs and service projects at local churches … enjoys playing the guitar and skiing ... enrolled in UVa’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.