Virginia 51, Akron 0: Game Grades

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Quarterbacks (B-)

Marques Hagans

Entering the season there was some concern about how Marques Hagans would adapt to the new role of starting quarterback. In the first two games Hagans acquitted himself well and led his team to victories.

While Saturday was not Hagans’ best game of the three, he had a solid day and with a little help from his defense led his team to 44 points in three quarters.

On the afternoon, Hagans completed 16 of 25 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns. Two of his incompletions were dropped passes and one was an interception, thrown behind receiver Deyon Williams . While the ball bounced off Williams’ shoulder pads, the culpability for the deflection must go to the quarterback. The majority of the remaining incompletions were simply bad passes. Two open wide receivers were overthrown in cases where both had scoring potential.

But overall, a decent game in which Hagans generally made the correct decisions (although there were at least two instances where he passed when running may well have been the better option) and still maintained a 64-percent accuracy level. Forty-four points and 64-percent accuracy is not bad for an off day.

Finally, I do want to note the incredible play on fourth and goal from the three-yard line with just under four minutes to go in the first half. Hagans rolled to his left, buying time, never panicking, waiting patiently for Heath Miller to get open in the corner of the end zone for a score. A majestic play if there is such a thing in football.

Also a nice day for Christian Olsen in relief, leading the ‘Hoos on a scoring drive. On the afternoon, Olsen and Kevin McCabe combined for 5-of-8 passing for 48 yards.

Running Backs (A)