Blanding is named ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year
Seven Virginia defensive players earn all-league honors
November 28, 2013
Cavaliers look to bounce back against ACC foe Georgia Tech next week.
NCAA Football: Virginia at Duke (USATSI)
Pittsburgh vs. Virginia (USA Today); photos by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Virginia takes down Richmond, 45-13.
Football vs. UCLA (by Matt Riley)
Finished UVa career ranked No. 5 all-time in program history with 3,219 career rushing yards ... finished UVa career ranked No. 4 all-time in program history with 29 rushing touchdowns ... finished UVa career ranked No. 6 all-time in program history with 33 total touchdowns ... finished UVa career No. 7 all-time in program history with 3,998 all-purpose yards ... is the only Cavalier in the Top-15 in career all-purpose yards that does not have any return yards as part of their total ... finished UVa career ranked No. 10 all-time in program history with 198 career points ... finished UVa career ranked No. 5 all-time in program history with 11 games with 100 rushing yards or more ... finished UVa career ranked No. 15 all-time at UVa with 103 career receptions ... only the fourth UVa running back to pass 100 receptions in a career.
2014 - All-ACC third-team ... All-ACC Coaches second-team ... Doak Walker Award Watch List ... CFPA Running Back of the Year Watch List ... one of UVa's four team captains ... Sporting News preseason first-team All-ACC ... Phil Steele preseason second-team All-ACC ... Athlon Sports preseason second-team All-ACC. 2013 - All-ACC second-team ... Coaches All-ACC second-team ... All-VaSID all-state first-team ... Athlon Sports All-ACC second-team. Phil Steele preseason All-ACC second-team ... Athlon Sports preseason All-ACC second-team. 2012 - Athlon Sports preseason All-ACC third team.
2014 - Started all 12 of UVa's games ... finished the season with 745 rushing yards on 189 carries and four touchdowns ... No. 3 on the team with 30 receptions for 179 yards and two touchdowns ... rushed 17 times for 55 yards against No. 7 UCLA ... also caught two passes vs. the Bruins ...rushed 13 times for 52 yards and a touchdown against Richmond ... added 66 yards on 22 carries against No. 21 Louisville ... rushed for 61 yards and a touchdown vs. Kent State ... carried the ball 29 times for a career high 169 yards and a touchdown run against Pitt ... rushed for 75 yards at Duke ... rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown vs. North Carolina ... also scored a receiving touchdown against the Tar Heels ... rushed for 43 yards on 15 carries and made four catches for 27 yards at No. 2 Florida State ... left the Miami game early with an injury ... returned a week later to rush 21 times for 70 yards at Virginia Tech. 2013 - Started all 12 games ... became the first Cavalier to rush for over 1,000 yards since Alvin Pearman in 2004 ... led the Cavaliers in rushing with 1,031 rushing yards ... finished season ranked No. 8 all-time at UVa with 2,474 rushing yards ... ranked No. 2 in the ACC in rushing at 85.9 yards per game ... No. 34 in the nation with 1,031 rushing yards ... his 11 rushing TDs was sixth in the ACC ... tied for second on the team with 38 receptions and third with 329 receiving yards ... had one receiving TD ... ranked No. 2 in the ACC in all-purpose yards among running backs ... ranked No. 6 in ACC overall in all-purpose yards at 113.5 per game ... had six 100-yard rushing games ... one of three running backs to rush for over 100 yards against Virginia Tech ... recorded career high with 135 rushing yards vs. VMI ... also had the longest run of his career, 61 yards, vs. Keydets ... finished VMI game with 204 all-purpose yards ... had a career-high six receptions vs. Duke and career-best 88 receiving yards vs. Blue Devils ... had the game-winning rushing TD vs. BYU, running 13 yards with 2:36 to play ... has 25 career rushing TDs, which is seventh best in UVa history ... named team's offensive player of the week for his games against VMI, Ball State, Duke and Miami. 2012 - Appeared in all 12 games with two starts ... led UVa with 734 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns ... rushed 14 times for 75 yards and two TDs versus Richmond ... led UVa with 26 yards rushing against Penn State ... rushed 13 times for 53 yards at Georgia Tech ... rushed for 60 yards vs Louisiana Tech ... rushed nine times for 74 yards and a TD at Duke to become the 41st player in UVa history to reach 1,000 career rushing yards ... made first career start and had a career-high 129 rushing yards on 17 carries against Maryland ... rushed for 115 yards and a TD on a career-high 25 attempts at NC State ... rushed 12 times for 42 yards and a TD against Miami ... rushed 12 times for 53 yards against North Carolina. 2011 - Appeared in 12 of Virginia's 13 games ... missed the Idaho game with lower extremity injury ... his game-winning TD at then-No. 23 Florida State broke the UVa record for rushing touchdowns in a season ... Howard Petty (1983) and Marcus Wilson (1987) held the previous record with seven ... rushed 16 times for 114 yards and three TDs in collegiate debut against William & Mary ... named ACC Rookie of the Week after the William & Mary game ... rushed for 37 yards and two TDs at Indiana ... rushed for 98 yards on 14 carries at North Carolina ... rushed for another TD against Southern Miss ... career-best 17 carries for 87 yards vs. Georgia Tech ... caught first TD reception at Maryland ... led UVa with 11 rushes for 48 yards and a TD against Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. 2010 - Redshirted ... selected by the UVa coaches as the scout player of the week against Richmond ... dressed for the Richmond, USC, VMI, Florida State, North Carolina, Eastern Michigan, Miami, Duke, Maryland and Boston College games.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL
Named the Old Spice Red Zone National Player of the Year ... one of 50 Old Spice Red Zone state players of the year ... one of 58 players named to 2010 Parade All-America team ... Maxpreps first-team All-American for Medium Schools (1,000-2,000 enrollment) ... a second-team All-American by EA Sports ... rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com ... rushed for 10,895 yards in high school career (North Carolina's career record) ... finished third all-time nationally for career rushing yards ... first-team all-state (NC) as a junior and senior ... rated No. 56 running back in the nation by ESPN.com ... grade of 77 from ESPN.com ... had 55 games of 100 rushing yards or more to set a national record ... set national record with 1,370 career attempts (record dates to 1991) ... rushed for 197 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries to lead team to second straight 3A state title, earning game MVP honors ... AP North Carolina 3A Player of the Year in 2009 after tying for runner-up status as a junior ... named the North Carolina MVP of Carolina Shrine Bowl with 98 yards on 19 carries ... MVP of Offense-Defense All-American Bowl ... led the West team to a 35-0 victory in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl played in Myrtle Beach ... had 158 total TDs in his prep career ... led team to second straight 3A state title in 2009 ... scored 59 times on 407 carries in 2009 ... set North Carolina prep record with 3,794 rushing yards in 2009 ... rushed for more than 2,800 yards and 43 TDs in 2008 ... Rushed for 2,536 yards and 33 TDs in 2007 ... rushed for 1,721 yards and 23 TDs in 2006 ... top single-game performance in 2009 was 356 yards on 24 carries in 69-14 victory against Carson ... won the final 30 games of his high school career ... first player to verbally commit to UVa's Class of 2010 ... played for head coach Scott Young at West Rowan ... son of Sherry and Kevin Parks ... father played defensive tackle at Catawba College.
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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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