Last Saturday, Virginia rising senior cornerback DreQuan Hoskey was on the field at Scott Stadium playing in the Cavaliers' annual spring game. This weekend, he'll be in Chapel Hill with the UVa track and field team for the ACC Outdoor Championships.
As a cornerback, Hoskey says his track speed "pretty much helps me keep up with other wide receivers, because you know wide receivers are pretty fast too, so running track keeps me a step ahead of everybody else."
On the track, he's trying to stay a step ahead of fellow cornerbacks, too. At this year’s ACC Indoor Championships, he placed second in the 60m hurdles to Miami cornerback Artie Burns. Hoskey came up just shy of an ACC title, but it was his best finish in his UVa track career and the second-fastest time in school history.
"It was pretty exciting," he says. "I didn't expect that at all, because I didn't practice at all. I only practiced for like a week before that. Just knowing I still had the talent from high school, it was pretty amazing to me. I surprised myself pretty much."
His football family found out about the finish while at spring practice, and shared in Hoskey’s excitement.
"That was a great feeling too," he added. "My teammates, they're always behind me. They were supporting me the whole time when I was running track ever since my freshman year, so just making that second place made them pretty happy as well."
Hoskey's second place finish came on the first day of football spring practice. Since then, he’s been splitting time between the two sports. He admits the time commitment can be a challenge, but says he makes it work.
"Just keeping up with schoolwork pretty much, but you know I handle it pretty well, so it's not a big deal to me," he says of the challenges of being a two-sport athlete. "I love doing track. I feel like if you love it, it shouldn't be a big deal."
"You can do it if you have an individual, one, that wants to put in the effort and time to do things and, two, that both coaching staffs are of the understanding that you're trying to help the individual get better," said UVa track and field coach Bryan Fetzer.
"When you look at DreQuan who's a football guy who also parlayed his talents into being a track guy, it's important, it's significant to him and we wish him the best," added UVa football head coach Mike London.
On the football field, Hoskey has started 20 games in the secondary for the ‘Hoos in the last two seasons. On the track, he has his eyes on an ACC title. As an athlete, Hoskey is proud that he’s not just playing two sports, but making an impact in both.
"I take a lot of pride in that because not a lot of people do it. I've seen other guys at other schools do it as well. In high school, I always wanted to be a two-sport athlete. For it to come true, it's a dream to me."