WORTH NOTING: Spent his first four years in the program at tailback before moving to safety during the spring before his senior season ... lettered three times at tailback and once at safety ... was one of the team's leading special teams players throughout his career ... explosive kickoff returner ... averaged 30.1 yards per return, the best mark in school history ... one of only three players in Virginia history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in his career ...interestingly, both came against North Carolina (2001, `03) ...his 1025 kickoff return yards rank sixth in school history, while his 34 returns are tied for 13th ...started two season openers at tailback (2002, 2003) and one at safety (2004) ... started five games in his career at tailback and 12 at safety ... played in the Las Vegas All-American Classic all-star game following his senior season ... played as a graduate student in 2004 after receiving his degree in sociology in May 2004.
CAREER HONORS: 2004--ACC Specialist of the Week following UVa's game against North Carolina (Sept. 13). 2002--ACC Specialist of the Week for his play against North Carolina ...ACC Offensive Back of the Week for his play against N.C. State.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 2004--Started every game at safety next to fellow senior Jermaine Hardy ...improved throughout the season, his first on defense, after playing tailback his first four years in the program ... made 60 tackles ...16th in the ACC in tackling by a defensive back with an average of 5.0 tpg ... was the team's leading tackler among the safeties ... five tackles for loss, including two sacks ... curiously all five TFLs occurred in road games ...his two sacks during are the most by a UVa safety since Anthony Poindexter had three as a senior in 1998 ...two games with 10+ tackles, second on the team behind leading tackler Ahmad Brooks ...led the team in tackling in two games (Florida State, Duke) ... also played on the kickoff, kickoff return and punt teams ...tied for third on the team with seven tackles in kickoff coverage ...led the team in kickoff returns with an average of 32.2 yards per return ... took one back 100 yards for a score against North Carolina, his second return for a touchdown vs. the Tar Heels in his career ...made five tackles and had a sack in his first start at safety against Temple ...six stops vs. North Carolina ... also returned three kickoffs for 132 yards, including a 100-yard touchdown return, to earn ACC Specialist of the Week honors ...four tackles vs. Akron ...reached double figures with 11 tackles against Florida State ...followed that with a career-high 13 tackles in a win over Duke ... led the team in both games ...also had two tackles for loss in both contests ... five tackles and a fumble recovery in a shutout of Maryland ...four tackles in the Virginia Tech game ...was in on three tackles against Fresno State in the MPC Computers Bowl.
2003--Valuable special teams performer and reserve running back ... played in 11 games, missing the North Carolina and Clemson games due to a knee injury ... played on virtually every special teams unit ...fourth on the team in rushing with 79 yards ...three receptions for 23 yards ...returned 10 kickoffs for a 27.5-yard average ...had four rushes for a season-high 47 yards in a start in the opener against Duke ...also caught a 14-yard pass vs. the Blue Devils ...gained 16 yards the second week at South Carolina ...also returned two kickoffs for 72 yards with a long of 42 yards in that game ...had only eight carries the rest of the season ... had a big 24-yard kickoff return vs. Virginia Tech in the fourth quarter to start an insurance touchdown drive ...returned three kickoffs for a 42.7-yard average in the Continental Tire Bowl vs. Pittsburgh ... had a season-long 68-yard return in the third quarter.
2002--Finished third on the team in rushing with 210 yards ... averaged a team-best 5.1 yards per carry and was 10th in the ACC among players with more than 150 yards ... third on the team with 630 all-purpose yards ... returned 13 kickoffs for 396 yards, an average of 30.5 yards per return ...had an outstanding training camp and started at tailback in the season opener vs. Colorado State ... carried just one time for two yards and didn't see much action in the backfield after the first quarter ... had two carries for 19 yards in late game action at Florida State ... rushed six times for 16 yards in the third game vs. South Carolina ...didn't get any carries or catch any passes for the next seven games ... still made important contributions to the team by playing on several special teams ... played on virtually every special team, including the kickoff and punt units, at some point during the season ... fourth on the team with nine tackles in kickoff coverage and with three punt team tackles ... led the team with three kickoff tackles against Akron ... placed on the kickoff return team in the fourth week against Wake Forest ... took his first return back 42 yards ... finished with a 31.0-yard average on two returns ... had two returns for 52 yards two weeks later against Clemson and came close to taking both all the way ... had 33- and 39-yard returns in the first half against North Carolina as the Cavaliers fell behind 21-0 at halftime ...after several near misses, he finally returned one the whole way ... needing a big play to help his team get back in the game, he got several key blocks and bolted 100 yards for a touchdown on the second half kickoff ... with the crowd involved, the Cavaliers scored 37 unanswered points and won 37-27 ... set a school record with 172 return yards and was named ACC Specialist of the Week ... he also had two kickoff tackles vs. the Tar Heels ...playing a hunch, head coach Al Groh gave him his first start in 10 weeks for the showdown against #22 N.C. State ... carrying the ball for the first time in more than two months, he made the coach's hunch pay off by rushing for 129 yards, more than his career total (53) coming into the game, and was named the ACC Offensive Back of the Week ...the total was also a team season high ... started the next week against Maryland and gained 47 yards on 10 carries.
2001--Saw action in all 12 contests ... played primarily on the punt and punt return teams ... finished with four special teams tackles ... rushed four times for 16 yards in limited duty at tailback ... carried once for two yards in his debut vs. Wisconsin in the season opener ... had a big special teams play in a win over Clemson ... ran under a Mike Abrams punt and downed the ball at the four-yard line to give the Tigers poor field position ... the Cavaliers got good field position on the ensuing Clemson punt after failing to get a first down ... Virginia scored the winning touchdown on that final drive ... had three carries for 14 yards vs. N.C. State ... a nine-yard run in that game was his longest of the season.
2000--Red-shirted ... did not see any game action ... was in uniform against BYU, Richmond, Duke and N.C. State.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned four letters in football at Conestoga High School ... three-year starter at running back and cornerback ... played for head coach Tim Donovan as a freshman, sophomore and junior, and for head coach Matt Gibson as a senior ... 1999 SuperPrep All-American ... three-time All-American by PrepStar and National Recruiting Advisor ... second-team All-State by Pennsylvania Football News and three-time All-Central League first team selection ... earned Suburban Player of the Year and first-team All-Area honors from the Philadelphia Inquirer ... Daily Local News Player of the Year and three-time All-Area first-team ... captain his junior and senior years ... team's offensive MVP three times ... ranked as one of the top 20 running back prospects in the country by The Sporting News ... listed as the eighth-best prospect in the state of Pennsylvania by SuperPrep ... rated as the nation's 19th-best running back prospect in Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report ... named to Pennsylvania Big 33 team ... for his career at Conestoga, he rushed 808 times for 6,193 yards and 71 touchdowns ... as a senior, he carried the ball 293 times for a school-record 2,305 yards and 24 touchdowns ... also established school records for most carries and most touchdowns in a season and career ... had a 93-yard scoring run during the 1999 season ... rushed 221 times for 1,552 yards and 22 touchdowns his junior year ... gained 2,153 yards and scored 24 touchdowns on 264 carries as a sophomore ... had 30 carries for 183 yards and one touchdown his freshman year ... defensively for his career, he had five quarterback sacks, eight interceptions and recovered seven fumbles ... lettered three times each in indoor track and outdoor track ... placed sixth indoors on 4 x 200 relay team and sixth outdoors on 4 x 400 relay team at state championships meet as a sophomore ... lettered once in wrestling.
PERSONAL: Marquis Christopher Weeks ... born 10-2-80 in Fort Ord, Calif. ... son of Ruth Hunter Weeks ... has four brothers, Chester, Maurice, Tim and Kevin, and a sister, Cassie ... received his undergraduate degree in sociology in May of 2004.
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