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O'Brien, Tenuta, Banks and Hagans Join Full-Time Staff; West Named Recruiting Coordinator
Midway through Spring Ball, @coachmhagans is happy with the way his WRs are learning and coming together as a unit.
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Marques Hagans enters his sixth season at Virginia as a full-time assistant coach and his third on Bronco Mendenhall staff as the wide receivers coach. Hagans spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons at UVA as a graduate assistant, working with the offense.
Under Hagans' watchful eye, UVA saw its first receiving trio to amass at least 600 receiving yards in the same season as Olamide Zaccheaus (895), Andre Levrone (689) and Doni Dowling (647) accomplished the feat. Dowling (136), Levrone (127) and Zaccheaus (122) also became the first Cavalier trio to amass 100+ receiving yards in the same game when they did so against UConn in 2017. It was only the sixth time such a feat happened in the ACC since 2000. Also in 2017, Zaccheaus set the UVA single-season record for receptions in a season with 85, while his 895 yards in 2017 rank No. 5 all-time on UVA's single-season ledger. Dowling, Levrone and Zaccheaus all reached 1,000 career receiving yards in 2017, giving Hagans seven wide receivers he has coached at UVA that have reached the mark.
In 2016 three members of the wide-receiving corps combined for 150 catches for 1,686 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. Zaccheaus led the wide-receiving group with 51 receptions and seven touchdowns. Doni Dowling led the team with 626 receiving yards on his 50 catches and four scores. Rounding out the group was senior Keeon Johnson, who made 49 catches for 476 yards and three touchdowns.
Wide receiver Canaan Severin thrived under Hagans earning second-team All-ACC honors in 2015 after finishing the regular season ranked No. 3 in the ACC with 759 receiving yards. Severin’s 759 receiving yards also ranks No. 15 all-time in the UVA record book for a season. Severin caught 54 passes and eight touchdowns. The 54 receptions tie him with Herman Moore (1990) for No. 11 all-time in the UVA annals for catches in a season. In 2015 Severin became the 20th player in program history with 100 receptions and finished his career No. 19 all-time with 102 catches, 96 of which came over the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Severin finished his career with 1,383 receiving yards, which ranks No. 15 all-time in the UVA record book.
Severin’s rise began in 2014 under Hagans. As a junior Severin led UVA with 42 catches for 578 yards and five touchdowns after entering the season with six career receptions.
Hagans oversaw the emergence of Johnson in 2013, then a true freshman. Despite not playing the first four games of a potential redshirt season, Johnson completed one of the best true freshman seasons in recent UVA history, catching 20 passes for 282 yards and a score in the final eight games of the season.
Hagans was a four-year letterwinner at UVA from 2002-05 and currently is No. 7 all-time in passing at UVA with 4,877 passing yards. He finished his career at No. 5, but has since been passed by Jameel Seweel and Marc Verica, the two starting quarterbacks to follow him in Charlottesville. Hagans in No. 5 all-time at UVA in total offense with 5,779 yards and his 2005 season ranks No. 3 all-time with 2,802 total yards. Only his predecessor, Matt Schaub (2002 & 2003), and current quarterback Matt Johns (2015) had better seasons in the UVA annals in regards to total offense.
The St. Louis Rams selected Hagans in the fifth round (144 overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. He spent three seasons with the Rams before being picked up by the Kansas City Chiefs for the 2009 campaign. Hagans finished the 2009 season with the Washington Redskins and was released in the summer of 2010 after injuring himself in off-season workouts.
Hagans is a native of Hampton, Va., and graduated from Hampton High School after spending two years at neighboring Bethel High School. As a junior at Hampton, Hagans led the Crabbers to the state championship in Group AAA, Division 5 of the Virginia High School League in 1998. Hampton advanced to the state semifinals in Hagans’ senior season in 1999.
Hagans graduated with a degree in anthropology from UVA in 2005 and is currently finishing a graduate degree in professional studies.
Hagans resides in Charlottesville with his wife, the former Lauren Swierczek, a former Cavalier women’s basketball player. The couple has two sons, Christopher Dex and Jackson Watford.
|High School||Hampton HS, Hampton, Va., 2000|
|Family||wife, Lauren; son, Christopher Dex and Jackson Watford|
|St. Louis Rams (2006-07)|
|Kansas City Chiefs (2008)|
|Indianapolis Colts (2008)|
|Washington Redskins (2008-10)|
|2011-12 - Virginia
|2013-present - Virginia
|Continental Tire Bowl (2003) - player|
|MPC Computers Bowl (2004) - player|
|Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl (2005) - player|
|Chick-fil-A Bowl (2011)|
|Military Bowl (2017)|
|Former Prominent Players Coached
|Kris Burd (Virginia)|
|Darius Jennings (Virginia)|
|Canaan Severin (Virginia)|
Nus Traveling Road to RecoveryMen's Soccer6/18/18Rising senior Sergi Nus, an All-ACC defender who's recovering from a torn ACL, expects to be ready for Virginia's opener in August.Hall Working to Raise NBA StockMen's Basketball6/12/18By the time the NBA draft arrives on June 21, former UVA guard Devon Hall will have worked out for nearly two-thirds of the league's 30 teams.Mueller Sets Sights on World TitleWrestling6/11/18Early this month, Jack Mueller, a rising junior at UVA, clinched a spot on the U.S. team that will compete at the U23 freestyle world championships in Romania.
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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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