Marques Hagans enters his ninth season at Virginia as a full-time assistant coach and his sixth 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.
The 2020 season was a unique one for college football, but it also signaled the emergence of Lavel Davis Jr. The true freshman finished No. 2 in the nation and No. 1 in the ACC with 25.75 yards per reception average. Davis Jr also was No. 7 in the nation among freshmen with 515 receiving yards and tied for No. 5 in the nation among freshmen with five receiving touchdowns. He was the only player in the nation with 500+ receiving yards on 20 or fewer receptions, something that has only been accomplished five times now since 2000.
The 2019 season was special one in Charlottesville as the Cavaliers won the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division for the first time and made their first appearance in the ACC Championship game. UVA appeared in its first New Year’s Six bowl game, the Orange Bowl, and finished ranked No. 24 in the final College Football Playoff poll and No. 25 in the final USA Today coaches poll. It is UVA’s first string of three-straight bowl appearances since UVA went to four bowl games between 2002 and 2005.
No ACC team had more than one receiver with 70+ receptions in 2019, while UVA had three in Joe Reed (77), Hasise Dubois (75) and Terrell Jana (74), finishing No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5 in the league in catches and all ranking in the top seven on UVA’s single-season receptions ledger. Reed earned first-team All-ACC honors as an all-purpose player. Dubois (All-ACC) and Jana were two of four FBS receivers in 2019 with 100+ target, 70 percent catch rate and 10+ yards per target. Dubois was rated with the “Best Hands in the Nation” by Pro Football Focus after making 75 catches in 2019 with zero drops.
In 2018 Hagans mentored Olamide Zaccheaus, who finished his senior season No. 1 in the ACC and No. 5 in the nation with 93 receptions. After 12 catches, 100 receiving yards and three touchdowns, Zaccheaus was named MVP of the Belk Bowl after a 28-0 triumph over South Carolina. Zaccheaus concluded his career with 250 receptions, No. 1 all-time at UVA and No. 6 all-time in ACC history. Zaccheaus also became only UVA’s third 1,000-yard receiver, finishing with 1,058 receiving yards, which was No. 3 in the ACC. Zaccheaus also finished his career No. 2 all-time at UVA with 2,753 career receiving yards.
Under Hagans’ watchful eye in 2017, UVA saw its first receiving trio to amass at least 600 receiving yards in the same season as 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)|
|Belk Bowl (2018)|
|Orange Bowl (2019)|
|Former Prominent Players Coached|
|Kris Burd (Virginia)|
|Darius Jennings (Virginia)|
|Canaan Severin (Virginia)|
|Olamide Zaccheaus (Virginia)|
|Hasise Dubois (Virginia)|
|Joe Reed (Virginia)|