WORTH NOTING: Was one of the nation's best kickers throughout his career ...placed his name all over the Virginia and ACC record books ...holds school records for points (332), field goals made (66) and attempted (79), and extra points made (134) and attempted (138) ...made 83.5 percent of his field goals to rank second in UVa history ... broke Virginia's 90-year old record for career scoring as a senior in 2005 ... third in ACC history in points and tied for fourth in field goals made ... kicked five of the 12 50-yard field goals in Virginia history ...is the only kicker with more than two ...owns three of the top-11 points totals in school history, as well as three of the top-five field goals made totals ...kicked three game-winning field goals in his career (2003-Wake Forest, 2005-Syracuse, 2005-Minnesota) ... is one of only seven players in Virginia history to start four bowl games in his career ... had an incredible resume of success in bowl games, making all 16 extra points and nine field goals, while scoring 43 points ...competed in the kicking portion of the College Football All-Star Challenge on ESPN in February 2006.
HONORS: 2005--Third-team All-American by Rivals.com ... honorable mention All-America by SportsIllustrated.com ...first-team All-ACC ...first-team All-State by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association and by the Roanoke Times ... Lou Groza College Placekicker of the Week on Oct. 4 for the Maryland game ... Lou Groza College Placekicker of the Week on Oct. 18 for the Florida State game ... ACC Specialist of the Week on Sept. 19 for the Syracuse game ... ACC Specialist of the Week on Oct. 17 for the Florida State game ... recipient of the Weaver-James-Corrigan Honorary Award from the Atlantic Coast Conference, given in recognition of outstanding performance in both athletic competition and the classroom to those who intend to pursue professional athletics ... received the John Eric Dahlgren Endowed Football Scholarship from the Virginia Athletics Foundation.
2004--Received the John Eric Dahlgren Endowed Football Scholarship from the Virginia Athletics Foundation.
2003--Second-team All-American by SportsIllustrated.com ... honorable mention All-American by Collegefootballnews.com ...second-team All-ACC ... All-ACC by Collegefootballnews.com ... semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award ... honorable mention All-Bowl team by Collegefootballnews.com ...ACC Specialist of the Week for his play against Wake Forest on Sept. 27 ... ACC Specialist of the Week for his play against Georgia Tech on Nov. 22 ... winner of the George Welsh Special Teams Award as UVa's outstanding special teams player ... ACC All-Academic.
2002--One of five athletes named a national high school Scholar-Athlete of the Year by The National Football Foundation.
Career Highlights:: 2005--Was nearly perfect again, his fourth as the team's kicker ... made all 36 extra points and 21 of 24 field goals (.875) ... second in the ACC in field goals (1.75/g) and third in scoring (8.25 ppg) ... eighth in the country in field goals and tied for 29th in scoring ... made 87.5 percent of his field goals to lead the ACC and finish tied for sixth nationally ... his 21 field goals tied for second in school history and his 87.5 percentage is third ...99 points are tied for sixth in school history ...kicked at least one field goal in every game but one ...named ACC Specialist of the Week twice, more than the rest of the placekickers in the league combined ... had a streak of nine consecutive field goals early in the season ...made his last nine field goals of the year ...booted a 19-yard field goal with no time left to lift the Cavaliers to a 27-24 win over Syracuse and was named ACC Specialist of the Week for the first time ... kicked four field goals against Maryland, the second-highest total of his career ... connected on kicks of 43, 39, 29, and 36 yards and finished with 15 points ... was the difference in the 26-21 win over No. 4 Florida State and was named ACC Specialist of the Week for the second time ... scored 15 points behind a pair of extra points and four field goals (50, 37, 35, 45) ... the 50-yarder in the first quarter would have been good from much further and was his fifth career kick of 50+ yards ... made just one field goal against North Carolina, but it was a momentous kick ...his 37-yard kick in the fourth quarter was his 59th career field goal and set a school record ...it was also his 294th point and enabled him to pass Gene Mayer as UVa's all-time leading scorer ... Mayer's record of 293 points stood for 90 years and was the oldest record in the UVa record book ...made three field goals vs. Temple and all six PATs for 15 points ...booted field goals of 48 and 47 yards in a win over Georgia Tech ... kicked a 39-yard field goal with 1:08 remaining to lift the Cavaliers to a 34-31 come-from-behind win over Minnesota in the Music City Bowl ... made a 32-yard field goal on the final play of the first half to give the Cavaliers momentum going into halftime ...booted four extra points and finished with 10 points in the game.
2004--Handled the kick scoring duties for the third year in a row ...wasn't as perfect as 2003, but he was still very effective ...made 17 of 24 field goals (.708) ...made 14 of 16 field goals of less than 40 yards, but struggled with the longer kicks, making three of eight from 40+ ...second on the team in scoring with 93 points ...third in the ACC in scoring (7.8/g) and field goals (1.42/g) ... 18th in the country in field goals and 33rd in scoring ... made all eight extra point attempts vs. North Carolina ...six of seven extra points and a field goal vs. Akron ...booted three field goals vs. Clemson, including a 50-yarder ...kicked three field goals two games later against Duke ... kicked off twice in the Miami game, the first time he kicked off in his career ... had his third 3-field goal game of the season against Georgia Tech ... made two field goals and four extra points in the MPC Computers Bowl vs. Fresno State ... lettered.
2003--One of the top kickers in the nation ... was almost flawless, making all 40 extra points and 23 of 25 field goals ... one of his missed field goals was from 52 yards ... second in the ACC in scoring (8.38 ppg) and field goals (1.77/g) ... second in the nation in field goal percentage (.920) ... tied with North Carolina's Dan Orner for the ACC lead with three 50-yard field goals ... made his first 10 field goals of the season and had a string of 13 straight going back to 2002 before he misfired from 40 yards against Troy State, missing his chance to tie the school record of 14 consecutive ... made both field goals and all three extra points in a win over Duke in the season opener ...boomed a 48-yard field goal, that would have been good from at least 10 more yards, and kicked seven extra points against Western Michigan ... was the hero in the come-from-behind win over Wake Forest on Sept. 27... was perfect on all four field goal attempts, including a career-long 53-yarder with 1:51 remaining that tied the game ... booted the game winner from 38 yards with 10 ticks on the clock to earn ACC Specialist of the Week honors ... kicked two field goals, including a 33-yarder in overtime, in loss at Clemson ... kicked a 52-yard field goal among his three against N.C. State ... kicked a 43-yard field goal into a very stiff wind against Maryland ... tied the school record with five field goals to provide the margin of victory in a 29-17 win over Georgia Tech ... field goals came from 31, 25, 50, 30 and 20 yards ... named ACC Specialist of the Week for his performance in getting UVa bowl eligible ...made three field goals (44, 30, 39) and two extra points for 11 total points to lift UVa to a 23-16 win over Pittsburgh in the Continental Tire Bowl ... lettered for the second time.
2002--Teamed with Kurt Smith to give UVa a pair of freshmen kickers ... assumed the kick scoring duties for the final month of the season ... fourth on the team in scoring with 31 points ... converted five of six field goal attempts ... made both of his extra-point attempts in his first game at Penn State ... connected on two more PATs in a win over N.C. State ... tied the school record for most points via kicking by a freshman with a 12-point performance in the upset of #18 Maryland ... scored Virginia's first points with a 47-yard field goal early in the second quarter ... that kick tied the school record for longest field goal on a first attempt ... made a 27-yard field goal on his next attempt a short time later ... was perfect on six extra points ... had a busy day vs. West Virginia in the Continental Tire Bowl ... made field goals of 27 and 30 yards and all six extra points and scored 12 points ... lettered.
HIGH SCHOOL: Two-time first-team All-State kicker/punter for coach Paul Wheeler at Lafayette HS ... Street & Smith's preseason All-American ... 2002 Daily Press's Peninsula District Male Athlete of the Year ... as a senior, helped the squad to an 11-2 record en route to the 2001 state championship ... twice set the state's playoff record with a 49-yard kick ... converted 47 of 49 PATs ... finished his prep career as the national record holder for most career points by a kicker and Virginia state career record holder with 241 (of 255) PAT ... nationally, finished second in career PATs and third for career field goals with 30 ... as a junior, set the state career PAT record with 173 points ... also a two-time All-State honoree in soccer at Lafayette ... Bay Rivers District Player of the Year ... represented the state of Virginia at the prestigious Dallas Cup twice ... MVP of the 1996 State Cup, helping soccer team to state championship ... captained the soccer team as a junior and a senior ... five-year captain of the Williamsburg Dynamo club team ... earned a 4.0+ grade-point average in high school ... won the Principal's Award as the 2002 Most Outstanding Male Student-Athlete of the Year and the President's Educational Award for outstanding academic excellence ... National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society member.
PERSONAL: Connor Raymond Hughes ... born 10-4-83 in Newport News, Va. ... son of Donna and Brent Hughes ... has a brother, Brock (19) ... father is the tennis director at Kingsmill Resort ... religious studies major.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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