Why The Virginia Football Receiving Corps Will Succeed In 2021

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Although sophomore Lavel Davis Jr. appears to be making progress towards being cleared to play at some point in the 2021 season, the real possibility remains that he will miss the entire 2021 season because of a torn ACL suffered this past spring. Still, Wide Receivers Coach Marques Hagans remains optimistic about his unit even if the 6’7″ star is not able to many, or any games this fall.

“I think the beauty of the group is the group,” Hagans said of his wide receiver unit in his Fall Camp press conference on August 9. “It’s unfortunate with injuries, but it gives guys other opportunities to step up. We’ve just got to continue to keep working. Every day is an opportunity to get better, and that’s what we’re grinding to do every day.”


Billy Kemp IV, Senior, 5’9”, 170 pounds
Quick take: Reliable senior coming off a career-best season. Hauled in 67 receptions as Brennan Armstrong’s top target.

Artie Henry, Senior, 6’1”, 185 pounds
Quick take: Grad-transfer from Marshall. Adds experience, maturity, good speed. Nicked up in Fall Camp but should be ready for season opener.

Ra’Shaun Henry, Senior, 6’3”, 190 pounds
Quick take: Has received a ton of praise from Armstrong and Hagans for his offseason/spring football performance, so a breakout season could be in the making. Had seven receptions last season, four of which went for TDs, after transferring in from St. Francis (PA), where he had 90 catches for over 1,000 yards in 2019.

Hayden Mitchell, Senior, 5’11”, 195 pounds
Quick take: Former walk-on is a top Special Teams performer who earned a scholarship prior to 2020 season. Isn’t a prime target as a receiver, but does see the field some.

Jaylon Baker, Junior, 6’2”, 170 pounds
Quick take: Redshirt junior spent his first three seasons at cornerback.

Ugo Obasi, Junior, 6’0”, 200 pounds
Quick take: Heralded high school recruit has been hampered by injuries throughout his time at UVA.

Nathaniel Beal III, Sophomore, 6’4”, 225 pounds