On Thursday morning, the Virginia Cavaliers granted media a skype session with Coach Bronco Mendenhall to ask their most pressing questions during a time in which literally nothing is going on.
Surprisingly, there was a bit of a shock that came out of that session. Coach Mendenhall announced Freshman quarterback RJ Harvey and Fresham offensive lineman Ja’Quay Hubbard have left the program.
#UVa’s Bronco Mendenhall says RJ Harvey has left the school and is transferring to a JUCO as well as a Ja'Quay Hubbard.— Brad Franklin (@Cavs_Corner) March 19, 2020
Both come as complete shocks as both were scheduled to likely make an impact in the upcoming 2020 season.
Harvey, a three star dual-threat quarterback out of Edgewater High School in Orlando, FL, chose UVa over Appalachian State, East Carolina, and Georgia Tech. As most know, Bryce Perkins and Brennan Armstrong took nearly all of the snaps this season, and Harvey redshirted. It was thought that Harvey could see a position change to running back and wide receiver with the graduation and transfer numbers during the offseason.
Hubbard was a high three star offensive lineman our of Sharpsville, PA and was rated as the No. 42 offensive tackle in the 2019 recruiting class by 247 Sports. Hubbard appeared in two games this season, against Pitt and William & Mary, and retained his freshman status under the NCAA rules. Hubbard was likely going to see an increased amount of time on the line in the coming years.
Speculation will be rampant as to why these two left the program. Some have speculated it is due to playing time while others have speculated it was out of their hands and they were either told or asked to leave. Either way, Hubbard and Harvey join Lamont Atkins, PK Kier, Seneca Milledge, and Major Williams as players that suited up for UVa this past season but have since moved on.