Wicks focused on 'little things' after breakout season for Wahoos
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Few teams in the country boast the talent and production in the receiving room like Virginia, but despite the depth it all starts with Dontayvion Wicks.
"We need him to be the guy out front every day that's setting the tone," UVA associate head coach/wide receivers coach Marques Hagans said, "That's holding guys accountable and I think if he can continue to grow and stay healthy and continue to make more plays than he did last year, I think we'll be in a good place."
Hagans has long been one of the biggest drivers behind Wicks ever since he arrived as a four-star receiver out of Louisiana. In his first full season at UVA, Wicks earned first team All-ACC accolades and is among the top returning receivers in the conference in receiving yards (1,203), touchdowns (nine) and yards per catch (21.1).
Wicks was recently named a preseason All-American by Pro Football Network, even though he was left of the media's preseason All-ACC team. With those expectations comes more responsibility and new head coach Tony Elliott has jumped in along with Hagans to push Wicks to the next level.