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Penn State Football Hires Marques Hagans As Wide Receivers Coach

Update, 11:04 a.m.: Penn State officially welcomed Marques Hagans into the fold with a press release Monday morning.

“We are excited to add Marques to our family,” wrote head coach James Franklin in the release. “He is a veteran coach, whose experiences playing both quarterback and wide receiver at the highest levels will bring tremendous value to our program. Marques has a proven track record of developing receivers throughout his career and has worked alongside many coaches I respect.”

Hagans has already embraced the new role, revealing a change to his social media profile.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to be led by James Franklin and work with his tremendous coaching staff,” said Hagans. “I am excited to be part of the tradition of Penn State Football, to uphold the standard of excellence, and to work relentlessly to compete for championships. My wife, Lauren, and our boys cannot wait to get to Happy Valley.”

Original Story: Penn State football reportedly found its new wide receivers coach.

According to On3, University of Virginia’s Marques Hagans is expected to make a move to Happy Valley. The news comes just over a week after head coach James Franklin fired Taylor Stubblefield from the position.

During his college career at Virginia, Hagans was a wide receiver and quarterback. He spent five years in the NFL primarily on practice squads.

Hagans spent over a decade coaching at his alma mater. Hagans began as a graduate assistant in 2011 and quickly made his way to the position of wide receivers coach.

Since Hagans’ more senior position with the Cavaliers, the team has seen consistent success within its wide receivers core. Of the 15 wide receivers on Virginia’s leaderboard for receptions, nine were mentored by Hagans.

Hagans’ most notable student is Atlanta Falcons wideout Olamide Zaccheaus, who caught 250 passes at UVA for over 2,700 yards over four years and is second in all-time receiving yards at the school.

Hagans will be poised to lead a wide receiver core that recently brought in transfers Dante Cephas and Malik McClain, who joined junior wideout KeAndre Lambert-Smith after Penn State’s Rose Bowl victory in early January.

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Joe is a junior journalism major at Penn State and an associate editor at Onward State. He covers Penn State football and enjoys yelling on Twitter about Philadelphia/Penn State sports. He also listens to Mac Miller more than you. If you want to find him, Joe's usually watching soccer with his shirt off or at the gym with his shirt on. Please send all positive affirmations and/or hate mail toward him on Twitter (iamjoelister) or via email ([email protected]).

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