Special Teams
Historical Stats & Info
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UVA's All-Decade Team (2000-2009)
Connor Hughes
Hughes is arguably the best kicker in the history of UVa football. He
twice led Virginia in scoring (2003 and 2005), and he is the school's
all-time leading scorer with 332 points – 61 more than the next
highest-scoring kicker (Rafael Garcia).  He also holds the school
records for most extra points (134), most field goals (66), and most
points scored by a kicker in a season (109).  In addition, Hughes had
almost as many field goals of 50+ yards during his career (five) as
the rest of Virginia’s kickers combined (eight). Hughes earned All-
ACC honors in 2003 (2nd Team) and 2005 (1st Team), and he was
selected 3rd Team All-America by Rivals.com as a senior.
Mike Abrams
A model of consistency, Abrams put up almost identical punting
averages during his two seasons as Virginia's punter.  In 2000,
Abrams punted 65 times for an average of 42.6 yards, which earned
him Honorable Mention All-America honors from Football News.  In
2001, Abrams punted 62 times for an average of 42.2 yards and was
voted 2nd Team All-ACC. Over the course of his career, Abrams
unleashed several absolute bombs, including punts of 61, 67 and 70
Marquis Weeks
Weeks was one of the most dangerous kickoff returners ever to play
at UVa.  Weeks' 100-yard touchdown return against UNC in 2002 tied
Tavon Mason for the longest kickoff return in school history.  Two
years later, Weeks had
another 100-yard touchdown return against
UNC.  Weeks averaged over 30 yards per return for his career, and
his average of 32.2 yards per return in 2004 is the highest in UVa
history among players with at least 10 returns.  
Marques Hagans
This was a toss-up between Hagans and Alvin Pearman, but since
Pearman made the team as a running back I'm giving the nod to
Biscuit. Hagans led the Hoos in punt returns in back to back
seasons (2002-2003).  He was a fearless returner, as evidenced by
the fact that he returned 29 punts in 2002 and 28 in 2003 – totals that
were exceeded only three times in the previous 30 years.  Hagans
also holds the Virginia record for longest punt return in a bowl game
(69 yards).
Vic Hall
I don't care if picking a holder seems cheesy. Hall is one of the most
versatile players in recent UVa history. I had to get him on the team
Ryan Sawyer
Like Hall, Sawyer was incredibly versatile. In addition to his special
teams duties, he was an accomplished receiver, finishing third on
the team in receptions and receiving yards in 2002.
The votes are in, and our panel of experts (read: me) has finalized its selections
for UVa's All-Decade Team for 2000-2009.  The leading vote-getters on special
teams are below. Offense can be found
here; defense can be found here; and
final cuts / close calls can be found