Greg’s Game Grades: Final Marks Are In

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Virginia didn’t exactly storm out of the gates at the beginning of the 2005 season with lackluster performances against Western Michigan and Syracuse. Still, the Cavaliers put together a solid season and chalked up encouraging wins against Florida State and Minnesota along the way. With that in mind, what did the Cavaliers bring home on their final report card?

Quarterback (B/85.1)

Marques Hagans scored an A- grade against GT, FSU and Minnesota — all Cavalier wins.

The quarterback position, led by Marques Hagans was not only the most consistent performing unit, but also the highest scoring unit at 85.1. While instrumental in virtually all of Virginia’s wins, the unit’s top games were Duke, Georgia Tech and the Music City Bowl. Carolina was clearly the worst effort. The position’s worst three performances all came in Cavalier losses and the unit never recorded higher than a B- in any Virginia defeat. It comes as little surprise that the Wahoos’ biggest wins (GT, FSU, MINN) came with A-level quarterback performances. The unit finished the season in the middle of the pack in passing offense and passing efficiency but did end the year leading the Hoos to a surprising fifth-place league finish in scoring offense.

Player of the Year: Marques Hagans

An early look at 2006: With the completion of eligibility by Marques Hagans, this will obviously be one of, if not the most scrutinized position in the offseason. Christian Olsen and Kevin McCabe finished the season one-two on the depth chart respectively, but my guess is redshirt freshmen Jameel Sewell or possibly Vic Hall will supplant one or both of them by the end of spring camp.

Running Backs (B-/83.4)

Though the running backs finished fourth overall of the eight units evaluated, that number hides the fact that this group