Blanding is named ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year
Harris named defensive back of the year for second straight season
Seven Virginia defensive players earn all-league honors
Finished UVa career tied for No. 10 all-time in program history with 11 interceptions.
2014 - Touchdown Club of Richmond's Co-Defensive Back of the Year ... All-ACC third-team ... All-ACC Coaches third-team ... Phil Steele midseason second-team All-ACC ... preseason Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List ... preseason Bednarik Award Watch List ... preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List ... preseason Jim Thorpe Award Watch List ... CFPA Defensive Back of the Year Watch List ... preseason All-ACC ... one of UVa's four team captains ... Phil Steele preseason All-America second-team ... Athlon Sports preseason All-American second team ... Phil Steele preseason first-team All-ACC ... Athlon Sports preseason first-team All-ACC ... Sporting News preseason first-team All-ACC. 2013 - Sports Illustrated All-America first-team ... Walter Camp All-America second-team ... SB Nation All-America first-team ... All-ACC first-team ... Coaches All-ACC first-team ... Sporting News All-ACC first team ... Athlon Sports All-ACC first team ... Touchdown Club of Richmond's Defensive Back of the Year ... VaSID all-state first-team. 2012 - VaSID All-State first-team.
2014 - One of 10 Cavaliers to start all 12 games of the season ... named ACC Defensive Back of the Week twice (Sept. 15 and Nov. 24) ... finished the regular season No. 5 in the ACC and No. 31 in the nation with 108 tackles ... No. 2 on team with 66 tackles on rushing plays for a defense that ranks No. 20 nationally against the rush (120.7 yards per game) ... No. 5 in the ACC with 12 passes defended ... recorded two interceptions ... part of the only safety duo in the nation, along with Quin Blanding (123), to each have over 100 tackles during the regular season ... part of a defense that helped limit the nation's No. 5 rusher (Pitt's James Conner) and its No. 12 rusher (Miami's Duke Johnson) under 100 yards rushing each and their lowest outputs of the season ... recorded 10 total tackles and broke up one pass in the season opener against No. 7 UCLA ... made six combined tackles in a win over the Richmond Spiders ... had eight tackles, broke up one pass and returned one interception for seven yards in ACC win against No. 21 Louisville to earn first of two ACC Back of the Week honors ... made six tackles at No. 21 BYU ... recorded eight total tackles and defended two passes in a victory over Kent State ... notched 13 tackles against Pitt, including one sack for a loss of 11 yards ... led the defense with 14 tackles at Duke and broke up one pass ... recorded six stops against North Carolina ... made 10 total stops including nine solo tackles and notched one interception at Georgia Tech ... made 10 stops at No. 2 Florida State and recorded two broken up passes ... recorded 10 tackles and also broke up three passes in a win over Miami to earn ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors for the second time ... recorded seven tackles in season finale at Virginia Tech. 2013 - Appeared in all 12 games with 11 starts ... ranked No. 1 in the nation with eight interceptions ... his eight interceptions are the most by a UVa player since Ronde Barber led the ACC with eight in 1994 ... the eight interceptions places Harris No. 2 all-time at UVa for interceptions in a season and tied with Barber and Kevin Cook (1987) ... his interception at Miami extended his streak to recording at least one INT in five consecutive games (six total during that span) ... the five-game INT streak is a UVa record ... was fifth in the ACC with 1.2 pass defenses per game (14 total) ... No. 24 in the ACC in overall tackles with 6.7 per game ... had 80 total tackles including one sack ... and one forced fumble ... had key punt block in second half of UVa's victory against BYU and was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts against the Cougars ... earned his third letter. 2012 - One of 11 Cavaliers to start all 12 games ... was No. 3 on the team with 87 tackles ... made first career INT at NC State and returned in 37 yards ... had a career-high 14 tackles against North Carolina ... registered four games with double-digit tackles ... had 11 against Penn State, 12 against Louisiana Tech and 10 at Duke ... helped anchor the nation's youngest starting secondary (4 So/1 Fr) ... against Louisiana Tech helped hold one of the nation's most prolific offenses to its lowest output of total yards (385) on the season and only game the Bulldogs were held under 400 yards. 2011 - One of 12 true freshmen to appear in games ... has seen time in all 13 of Virginia's games ... mostly appeared on special teams ... made 14 tackles on the season ... made a career-high three stops at North Carolina.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL
Quarterback, WR, and DB at Lloyd C. Bird High School in Chesterfield ... ranked No. 34 athlete in nation by Rivals.com ... rated No. 13 recruit in state by Rivals.com ... received a scouts grade of 72 from ESPN.com ... ranked No. 201 athlete in nation by ESPN.com ... ranked No. 68 WR in country by Scout.com ... first-team Associated Press 2010 All-Group AAA football team ... on the Times-Dispatch Top-12 A-List of Richmond ... three-star prospect according to Rivals.com and Scout.com ... excelled on both sides of the ball for coach David Bedwell, starting at both QB and DB ... two-time all-state and all-region selection at DB ... named to the 2010 All-Dominion District first-team as a utility player and earned all-district second-team accolades at QB and DB ... allowed only one completion and notched eight interceptions as a DB his junior year ... threw for over 1,000 yards and ran for 800 yards at QB his junior season ... starter on the Seahawk basketball team ... attended same high school as current Atlanta Falcons' fullback and former Cavalier Jason Snelling ... sociology major.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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