Darryl Blackstock
Darryl Blackstock

Hometown:
Newport News, Va.

High School:
Heritage H.S./Fork Union

Last College:
University of Virginia

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 240

Position:
LB



WORTH NOTING: Dynamic pass rusher who excelled in Virginia's 3-4 defensive scheme as an outside linebacker and rusher off the edge ... very fast for a player his size ... gives opposing linemen fits with his speed off the edge ... played with his hand on the ground until he came to Virginia in 2002 ... prior to his freshman season at UVa in 2002 he had always been a rush end, but he quickly made the adjustment to outside linebacker ... was assigned #56 as a freshman by head coach Al Groh, who coached Lawrence Taylor at North Carolina and in the NFL with the New York Giants ... Groh says linebackers don't wear #11, Blackstock's old number ... changed his number to 1 for his final collegiate game against Fresno State in the 2004 MPC Computers Bowl ... finished his collegiate career second in school history with 27 quarterback sacks and third with 45 tackles for loss ... finished second in ACC history in career sacks by a linebacker, half a sack behind former Georgia Tech star Marco Coleman who had 27.5 sacks from 1989-91 ... nearly 20 percent of his career tackles have occurred behind the line (.190) ...started the final 38 games of his career, the longest streak by a UVa linebacker since Byron Thweatt (47 straight) who played from 1997-2000 ... was named National Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2002 after leading all freshmen in sacks (10) and tackles for loss (14) ... his 10 sacks are an ACC record for a freshman ... his 107 tackles in 2002 were second-most by a rookie in school history ... one of the few players to leave school early for the NFL.

CAREER HONORS: 2004-- Second-team All-ACC ... Second-team All-State by the Roanoke Times ... ACC Defensive Back of the Week following UVa's game against Georgia Tech (Nov. 22) ... co-recipient of UVa's Ned McDonald Award as the team's outstanding defensive player.

2003--Honorable mention All-ACC ... first-team All-State by Virginia Sports Information Directors Association ... second-team All-State by the Roanoke Times ... ACC Defensive Back of the Week for his play against North Carolina on Oct. 4.

2002-- Named National Defensive Freshman of the Year by CollegeFootballnews.com ... National Defensive Freshman of the Year by Rivals.com ... first-team Freshman All-American by CollegeFootballnews.com ... first-team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News ... first-team Freshman All-American by Rivals.com ... Freshman All-America Team by Scripps/Football Writers Association of America ... ACC Defensive Freshman of the Year by The Sporting News ... ACC All-Freshman Team by The Sporting News ...honorable mention All-ACC ... first-team All-State by Virginia Sports Information Directors Association ... second-team All-State by the Roanoke Times ... honorable mention ECAC All-Star ... received the Bill Dudley Award as UVa's Most Outstanding First-Year Player ... ACC Defensive Back of the Week for his play against Clemson

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 2004--Third-year starter at outside linebacker ...started every game and had an outstanding all around season ... led the ACC in sacks (0.88/g) ...a third of his tackles were in the backfield (15 of 45) ...averaged 3.8 tackles per game ...11 sacks were tops in the nation among linebackers ...tied for 11th overall nationally in sacks ...15 tackles for loss were 10th in the ACC ...had four multi-sack games, including a career-high three sacks vs. Georgia Tech that netted him ACC Defensive Back of the Week accolades ... third on team with nine QB pressures ... his 11 sacks are tied for fourth in school history while his 15 TFLs are tied for seventh ... had three tackles, all in the backfield, in the opener vs. Temple ... two of his tackles were sacks ...five tackles, two for loss, in a Homecoming win over Akron ...four tackles in back-to-back games against Clemson and Florida State ... five tackles, including two sacks, in a shutout of Maryland ... two of his four tackles vs. Miami were sacks ... season-high six tackles against Georgia Tech ...four occurred in the backfield and included a career-high three sacks ... was named ACC Defensive Back of the Week for his play in the win over the Yellow Jackets ... four tackles against Virginia Tech ...had two tackles against Fresno State in the MPC Computers Bowl.

2003--Started all 13 games at one outside linebacker spot ... tremendous pass rusher off the edge ...finished in the top 10 in the ACC in sacks (6) and tackles for loss (16), both team-leading figures ... averaged 6.5 tackles per game, sixth on the team ... 23 quarterback pressures led the team by eight ... recovered two fumbles and had four pass breakups ... made at least six tackles on 10 occasions with a high of 10 vs. Clemson ... had at least one tackle for loss in 10 games ... eight tackles in the opener vs. Duke, including two for loss ... seven stops against South Carolina ... six tackles, a season-high three QB pressures and a fumble recovery in win over Western Michigan ... had his first sack of the season against Wake Forest ... six tackles, including two sacks, in a dominating performance against a very potent North Carolina offense ... also had three pressures and a fumble recovery to claim ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors ... season-high 10 tackles, including two sacks, in overtime game at Clemson ... had three tackles for loss vs. the Tigers, the most by a Cavalier in four years ... eight tackles, including two behind the line, vs. N.C. State ... eight tackles in a big win over in-state rival Virginia Tech to close the regular season ... had two tackles for loss, including a sack, vs. the Hokies ... was in on five tackles in the win over Pittsburgh in the Continental Tire Bowl.

2002--Dynamic pass rusher ... made an immediate impact as one of the top rookies in the nation ... named National Defensive Freshman of the Year by CollegeFootballnews.com and Rivals.com ... honorable mention All-ACC selection, missing the second team by just four points ... moved into the starting lineup for the second game and was a mainstay the rest of the way ... fourth on the team in tackling with an average of 7.6 stops per game, second among ACC rookies ... 107 tackles were second-most by a freshman in UVa history ... led the team with 10 sacks and 14 tackles for loss, both records for a UVa freshman and tops among the nation's rookies ... third overall in the ACC in sacks ... also led the team by a wide margin with 21 quarterback hurries ... had at least one sack in nine games, including a streak of five games with one ... made seven tackles in his collegiate debut vs. Colorado State ... had two tackles for loss in that game, including a sack ... appropriately, the first tackle of his career was a sack of quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt ... eight tackles in his first starting assignment against Florida State ... had another sack in that game ... also caused a fumble and broke up a pass ... nine tackles and three hurries in the upset of South Carolina ... made eight tackles in wins over Akron and Wake Forest ... had five hurries vs. Akron, a team season high ... also scored on a nine-yard return of a blocked punt in that game ... had a key sack on fourth down late in the Wake Forest game to end a drive that had gotten inside UVa's 20 and preserve the victory ... nine tackles, including two for loss, in a win at Duke ... had a sack and recovered a fumble ...earned ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors after making a career-high 11 tackles to lead the team in a big win over Clemson ... two of his six tackles vs. North Carolina were sacks, the first multi-sack game of his career ... had a 10-tackle performance vs. Penn State ... had six tackles and two hurries in the win over N.C. State and seven stops against Maryland ... 10 tackles and a sack vs. Virginia Tech ... had an impact in the 48-22 win over West Virginia in the Continental Tire Bowl despite making a season-low four tackles ... intercepted a pass that set up UVa's fourth touchdown just before halftime ...also broke up a pass and had a tackle for a loss.

HIGH SCHOOL: Played at Fork Union Military Academy in 2001 for coach John Shuman, who called him one of the best players ever at the school ... registered 22 sacks that season to run his total to more than 50 in his last two seasons ... played high school football at Heritage High School in Newport News, Va. for coach John Quillen ... Heritage won the state championship in his senior year ... recorded 29 sacks that season as the team compiled a 14-0 record ... Group AAA First-Team All-State as a senior ... district Defensive Player of the Year ... first-team all-region defensive end and second-team all-region tight end ... all-district at tight end and defensive end in 2000 ... 12 sacks during his junior year ... second-team all-district that season at tight end ... had nearly 1000 receiving yards in his career at tight end ... rated the #8 player in Virginia by the Roanoke Times ... ranked #14 defensive lineman by the ACC Area Sports Journal for the ACC area ... five-star player by MaxEmfingerRecruiting.com ... Prep Football Report's #47 player in the Mid-Atlantic region.

PERSONAL: Darryl Tyger Blackstock ... born 5-30-83 in Georgia ... mother is Linda Williams ... has a younger brother, Legrant Williams, Jr. ... anthropology major.

Blackstock Defensively

Year G Plys S A Tot. Avg. TFL QBS FR FC PBU Int QB BlK
2002 14 1040 66 41 107 7.6 14-62 10-44 1 2 4 1 21 0
2003 13 907 50 35 85 6.5 16-57 6-35 2 0 4 0 23 0
2004 12 720 25 20 45 3.8 15-82 11-67 1 0 0 0 8 0
Career 39 2667 141 96 237 6.1 45-201 27-146 4 2 8 1 52 0

Blackstock on Special Teams

Year G No. Yds. Avg. LP TD
2002 14 0 9 -- 9 1
2004 11 0 6 -- 6 0
Career 39 0 15 -- 9 1