Returned to action in the spring after a succession of injuries hampered him in 2010 ... Was the team's backup middle linebacker when available last season ... Also can play at weakside linebacker ... Has good speed and playing instincts.
2010 (Redshirt Freshman): Named fifth-team Freshman All-America, despite seeing limited time because of injury ... Played in a total of eight games, posting 17 tackles and one tackle for loss ... Had a season-high four tackles in the win over Charleston Southern ... Scored his first career start vs. Florida, gathering three tackles and the first tackle for loss of his career.
2009 (Freshman): Redshirted because of a shoulder injury.
High School: All-time leading tackler in the storied history of LaGrange (Ga.) High School, which has won multiple state championships over the years ... A four-year starter who made 473 tackles as a Granger, including 55 tackles for loss ... The Class AAA State Defensive Player of the Year as a senior as chosen by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... Made 145 tackles during senior campaign, including 21 tackles for loss ... First-team all-state as a junior and senior ... The No. 35 prospect in Georgia, according to SuperPrep ... The nation's No. 45 outside linebacker and No. 55 prospect in Georgia as rated by Rivals.com ... Has been timed as fast as 4.56 seconds in the 40-yard dash and has an excellent instinct for finding the ballcarrier ... Also played running back and wingback during his career ... Helped lead LaGrange to an 11-3 record his senior season, including a spot in the semifinals of the state playoffs ... Coached by Steve Pardue ... "As good a player as Qua is, he's an even better person," Pardue said. "He reminds me of Sam Olajabutu, a little shorter, but very athletic. He was the quarterback of our defense, with tremendous responsibility physically and mentally." ... Played in the Georgia North-South All-Star Game, notching six tackles and an interception for the winning South team ... Follows in the footsteps of two former Wildcats who were All-Southeastern Conference linebackers from LaGrange, Wesley Woodyard (now with the Denver Broncos) and Braxton Kelley ... The Granger tradition at UK also includes Qua's cousin, former wide receiver DeMoreo Ford, and two current Cats, cornerback Randall Burden and defensive end Tristian Johnson ... Also played basketball and was a member of the track and field team ... Three-year all-region honoree in basketball, helping lead his team to the state tournament as a senior ... Participated in the shot put and 4x100-meter relay in track, a combination indicating his combination of power and speed ... His 4x100 unit advanced to the state meet as a senior ... Honor-roll student ... Member of the DECA Club and the Granger Star program in which he mentored freshman students.
Personal: Born in LaGrange, Ga. ... Son of Alfred Herndon and Sharon Haygood ... Name is pronounced "KWAY HUZ-ee" ... Three cousins played college football, DeMoreo Ford at Kentucky, Avery Hannibal at Mississippi State and Skyler Thornton at Florida ... Major is kinesiology.
Community Cats: Salvation Army bellringer (2009) ... Participated in Read Across America (2010).