UVa extends streak to 32 years of having a player drafted
Blanding is named ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year
Seven Virginia defensive players earn all-league honors
Canaan Severin made a spectacular touchdown catch and Virginia dominated after halftime
Matt Johns led two touchdowns drives for Virginia
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Virginia takes down Richmond, 45-13.
Football vs. Virginia Tech (by Matt Riley)
Football vs. Georgia Tech (by Matt Riley)
2014 - All-ACC third-team ... All-ACC Coaches third-team.
2014 - One of 10 cavaliers to start all 12 games of the season ... finished the regular season No. 2 in the ACC with 9.0 sacks ... finished the regular season No. 7 in the ACC with 12.5 tackles for loss ... along with teammate Henry Coley, led the ACC's linebackers and defensive backs with 12.5 tackles for loss ... 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 ... finished the year with 55 tackles and eight pass breakups from the line of scrimmage ... collected his first career interception against Pitt and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown ... forced a team-high three fumbles ... recorded six tackles, including 2.0 sacks in the season opener against No. 7 UCLA ... notched four stops, including 1.5 sacks for a loss of 11 yards against the Richmond Spiders ... made four stops and broke up four passes in an ACC win over No. 21 Louisville ... made five stops, including 1.0 sack for a loss of 10 at No. 21 BYU ... notched three tackles and broke up one pass against Kent State ... made two tackles at Duke ... broke up a pass and made four stops against North Carolina ... made nine tackles, including two for a combined loss of eight yards at Georgia Tech ... had seven stops, including a season-high 3.0 sacks for a total loss of 15 yards, and forced one fumble in a home victory over Miami ... was named College Football Performance Awards National Linebacker of the Week for his efforts against the Hurricanes ... tallied six tackles, including 1.0 sack for a loss of five yards at Virginia Tech in the season finale. 2013 - Appeared in 10 of UVa's 12 games ... missed UVa's first two contests against BYU and Oregon ... made four starts ... was UVa's defensive scout team player of the week for the BYU game when he imitated BYU All-American Kyle Van Noy ... one of twelve true freshmen to get playing time this season ... made collegiate debut and recorded one pass breakup against VMI ... notched first career start at Pitt ... made first career stop against the Panthers and finished with five tackles including a career-high 2.5 sacks on the way to being named an honorable mention honoree as CFPA's linebacker of the week ... had three tackles and broke up two passes against Ball State ... recorded five tackles and recovered one fumble against Georgia Tech ... recorded three tackles and a recovered fumble against Georgia Tech ... notched a career-high six tackles including 1.5 sacks for a total loss of 17 yards against Virginia Tech ... forced one fumble and broke up one pass against the Hokies.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL
Was a 2012 signee with Virginia before attending Fork Union Military Academy for a post-graduate season ... played wide receiver, defensive end and safety for head coach Paul Sacco at St. Joseph High School in Hammonton, N.J. ... finished 2011 with 13 catches for 204 yards and four touchdowns ... on defense had 33 tackles and seven sacks ... grabbed one interception, caused three fumbles and recovered one ... part of a defense that allowed only 17 points the entire season (1 rushing TD, 1 passing TD & 1 FG) ... member of three state championship teams, including 2011 with a 10-0 record ... All-South Jersey ... all-state ... Press Athlete of the Fall ... named All-Cape-Atlantic League ... Philadelphia Inquirer South Jersey Defensive Player of the Year ... also a All-Cape-Atlantic performer as an outfielder for the St. Joseph baseball team ... son of Paul and Pamela Valles ... has two older brothers, Andre, and Hakeem, a sophomore in 2012 on the football team at FCS Monmouth ... volunteers at the St. Joseph eighth grade football camp ... plans to major in criminal justice.
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