Former Virginia quarterback Marques Hagans has joined the Cavaliers’ staff as a graduate assistant, the school announced Tuesday in a press release issued by the athletic department. A position on the Virginia staff became open when Ron Mattes, who coached the offensive line as a graduate assistant in 2010, left last month to join the staff at Elon.

Hagans, who will work with the team’s offense, played quarterback at Virginia from 2002-05 and ranks No. 5 on the schools’ all-time total offense list with 5,779 yards and No. 7 in passing yards with 4,877 yards.

“Marques ‘Biscuit’ Hagans returning to UVa is a benefit for both of us,” Virginia coach Mike London said in a statement. “He wants to learn and get involved in coaching — and this is an opportunity for him to give back to some of the people who have been involved in his life. He is one of the best players to have competed at Virginia, and is a proud Hampton native who played under head coach Mike Smith at Hampton High School. We are happy to have Biscuit back into the program. He brings great energy, passion and NFL experience. We are excited to get him on the field coaching, involved with our program, and his alma mater.”

The St. Louis Rams picked Hagans in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL draft. He spent three seasons with the Rams before being signed by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009. He finished the 2009 season with the Washington Redskins before being released due to injury in the summer of 2010.

Hagans, who is a first cousin of freshman quarterback David Watford, will begin pursuing a graduate degree in professional studies this summer.

“I look forward to the opportunity to come back to a place that is special for me,” Hagans said. “I am thankful to Coach London and (Offensive Coordinator) Bill Lazor for the chance to work with them on this coaching staff. I am excited to work hard and do whatever I can to help the program reach the vision that Coach London has for it.”