Marques Hagans replaces quarterback Matt Schaub
At least Marques Hagans doesn't have to fill Matt Schaub's inseams. Hagans, who replaces Schaub as the team's starting quarterback, is seven inches shorter than Schaub, the school's career leader in passing yards, touchdown passes, attempts and completions. But Hagans, 5 feet 10 and 200 pounds, brings a dimension Schaub didn't have: speed.
Hagans spent most of last season playing wide receiver and returning punts for the Cavaliers. He started two games at quarterback in each of the past two seasons, throwing for 162 yards and three touchdowns in the Cavs' 59-16 win at Western Michigan last year. Schaub didn't play in that game because of a separated right shoulder. But Hagans attempted only five passes during five other games in 2003 and threw only 25 passes two seasons ago.
"Every play is about efficiency for him now," Virginia Coach Al Groh said. "Let's say there were 70 plays in a game. If Marques had seven plays that impacted the game, that was a pretty good game for a receiver. Now he has to be on for all 70. So the precision has to be there for the entire game."
Whether Hagans is ready to make quick reads and the right decisions won't be known until the Cavaliers play at Temple on Sept. 4.
"I think he's a very exciting quarterback, and I'm anxious to see him back there," Virginia tight end Heath Miller said.