Virginia’s Blanding honored by ACC, ‘Hoos ready for Heels


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Blanding Named ACC Defensive Back of the Week

UVA free safety made eight tackles and added a “pick-6” against Duke

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia free safety Quin Blanding has been named the ACC Defensive Back of the Week for games played through Oct. 7. It is the second career weekly accolade from the ACC and first since Nov. 2, 2015.

Blanding (Sr., Virginia Beach, Va.) helped lead a UVA defense that held Duke to two offensive touchdowns and just 255 yards of total offense in the Cavaliers’ 28-21 victory on Saturday. Blanding had eight tackles and returned a Blue Devil pass 58 yards for a touchdown to give the Cavaliers the early lead. It was his first pick-six and the longest return of his career. It was the fifth-longest interception return this year in ACC action and the first INT return for a score by a Virginia player since 2014 (Max Valles, vs. Pitt).


Offensive Back-Ryan Finley, NC State

Offensive Lineman-Will Richardson, NC State

Receiver-Braxton Berrios, Miami

Defensive Lineman–Zach Allen, BC

Linebacker-Joe Giles-Harris, Duke

Defensive Back-Quin Blanding, Virginia

Specialist-Alex Kessman, Pitt

Rookie-Sean Savoy, Virginia Tech

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