Expectations are again sky-high for next season, as the Cavaliers have been referred to as one of the elite teams
next year. But before moving into 2004, it is important to take one final look at the highs and lows of 2003.
Offensive Player of the Year- Matt Schaub
This isn’t even a question, as Schaub finished 281 of 403 (69.7 %) for 2,952 yards and 18 touchdowns in only 11
games. He threw for over 300 yards four times and completed at least half of his passes in every game. Despite only
having the starting job to himself for two years, Schaub shattered Shawn Moore’s career passing record by almost 900
yards and eclipsed Moore’s touchdown record with his toss to Miller in the Tire Bowl.
“He joins an elite group of Virginia football players who, through their performance, have made their teams
significantly different over a long span of time than what it otherwise would have been,” coach Al Groh said.
“I can’t imagine that there are very many players in the country that have done as much to carry their team over
a long period of time as he has, with some of the throws that he has made and standards he has set.”
Though his season might not have matched up to last year’s statistically, Schaub’s value to the offense can be
clearly seen by the team’s performance against South Carolina without him. It’s scary to think how gaudy his numbers
might have been had he not missed almost three whole games this year, all against sub-.500 teams. Schaub was not
completely himself when he returned either, throwing five interceptions in his first three games back as well.
Runner-up: Heath Miller. Miller hauled in 70 passes this season, the second-most in school history, for 835 yards
and six touchdowns. After just two seasons, he is eighth in school history in receptions and tied for sixth in
touchdowns. Miller ended a great season with 27 catches for 339 yards in his final three games and was the nation’s
second-best tight end statistically, but Schaub gets the nod because Miller was not a factor in every game.
Honorable Mention: Alvin Pearman (Rushing: 134 carries, 643 yards, 4 touchdowns; receiving: 63 catches, 518
yards, 4 touchdowns) and Wali Lundy
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