Cavaliers name 16 to the first and second teams
The Sporting News and CBS Sports Pick Cavalier Duo to All-America Teams
Duo named the Commonwealth's top defensive back and linebacker
UVA senior leads the ACC in tackles through eight weeks
UVA free safety earns the accolade for the second week in a row
Safety Quin Blanding talks about the team's prep for Spring Ball that starts on March 28.
Virginia football vs. Navy in the Military Bowl (12/28/17)
Virginia vs. Virginia Tech (11/24/17)
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On Oct. 28, 2017 at Pitt, Quin Blanding passed Jamie Sharper as UVA's all-time record holder in career tackles. Sharper (1993-96), a linebacker, held the previous record of 435 career tackles for 21 years ... finished career tied for No. 6 all-time in ACC history with 495 career tackles, sharing the spot with Duke's Ryan Fowler (2000-03) ... holds the ACC career record for tackles by a defensive back with 495 ... owns UVA record for career assisted tackles (235) ... made 49 career starts, which is tied for No. 2 all-time at UVA with Clint Sintim and D'Brickashaw Ferguson ... finished No. 2 in the ACC in tackles all four seasons of his career (no one had ever finished No. 2 three years in a row until Blanding) ... in 2017 joined Micah Kiser (145) and Jordan Mack (114) to become one of two FBS programs (New Mexico State) and the only "Power 5" school to have a trio of players with at least 100 tackles in the same season ... invited to play in the 2018 Senior Bowl.
2017 - Walter Camp All-American second-team ... Football Writers Association of America All-America second-team ... Sporting News All-American second-team ... USA Today All-American second-team ... Associated Press All-American third-team ... Bleacher Report All-American first-team ... SB Nation All-American first-team .... Phil Steele All-America second-team ... Sports on Earth All-American third-team ... All-ACC first-team ... Touchdown Club of Richmond’s Defensive Back of the Year ... Jim Thrope Award Semifinalist ... Lott IMPACT Trophy Quarterfinalist ... Bednarik Award Preseason Watch List ... Bronko Nagurski Trophy Preseason Watch List ... Thorpe Award Preseason Watch List ... Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List ... Senior Bowl Watch List ... Allstate ... AFCA Good Works Team ... Wuerffel Trophy Watch List ... Associated Press All-American (2nd) ... Phil Steele Preseason All-American (2nd) ... Phil Steele Preseason All-ACC (1st) ... Athlon Sports Preseason All-American (2nd) ... Athlon Sports Preseason All-ACC (1st). 2016 - Sporting News All-American second-team ... All-ACC first-team ... Coaches All-ACC first-team ... College Sports Madness All-American third-team ... Associated Press All-ACC first-team ... Phil Steele first-team All-ACC ... Touchdown Club of Richmond's defensive back of the year ... VaSID first-team all-state ... Bednarik preseason watch list ... Nagurski preaseason watch list ... Thorpe preseason watch list ... Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list ... preseason All-ACC ... Athlon Sports fourth-team preseason All-American ... Phil Steele fourth-team preseason All-American ... Phil Steele first-team preseason All-ACC. 2015 - USA Today All-American second-team ... Sports Illustrated All-American honorable mention ... College Sports Madness All-American second-team ... All-ACC first-team ... All-ACC Coaches second-team ... Touchdown Club of Richmond’s defensive back of the year ... Bednarik Award preseason watch list ... Bronko Nagurski Trophy preseason watch list ... Thorpe Award preseason watch list ... preseason All-ACC ... Phil Steele preseason fourth-team All-American ... Athlon Sports preseason third-team All-American ... first-team Phil Steele preseason All-ACC ... first-team Athlon Sports preseason All-ACC. 2014 - Scout.com National Defensive Rookie of the Year ... FWAA Freshman All-American ... Scout.com Freshman All-American ... ESPN.com Freshman All-American ... Sporting News True Freshman All-American ... USA Today Freshman All-American ... Phil Steele Freshman All-American ... 247Sports True Freshman All-American ... ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year ... ACC Coaches Defensive Rookie of the Year ... All-ACC second-team ... All-ACC Coaches second-team ... VaSID Defensive Rookie of the Year ... ECAC National Co-Rookie of the Year ... ECAC All-Star ... VaSID second-team all-state ... USA Today Midseason Top-5 Freshman List ... Phil Steele Midseason All-ACC second-team ... UVA's recipient of the Z Society Bill Dudley Award presented to the first-year player that exemplifies excellence in the classroom, on the field and in the community.
2017 - Started all 13 of UVA's games ... recorded 12 tackles in a season-opening win against William & Mary ... notched 12 tackles against Indiana, six of which were solo stops ... made nine stops against UConn ... led UVA with 10 tackles, eight of which were solo, in road win at Boise State ... also collected one tackle for a loss of three yards ... was named ACC Defensive Back of the Week after making eight tackles and adding a 'pick-6' against Duke ... his 58-yard interception return for a touchdown marked his first collegiate score and the longest interception return of his career ... was named ACC Defensive Back of the Week for the second week in a row after collecting 10 tackles in a road win at North Carolina ... made 13 tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss against Boston College ... led UVA with nine tackles and one interception at Pitt ... made four stops and 0.5 tackles for loss against Georgia Tech ... intercepted his ninth career pass and returned it 13 yards against the Yellow Jackets ... made nine tackles and broke up a pass at Louisville ... made eight stops and one interception at No. 2 Miami ... notched a career-high 17 tackles against Virginia Tech ... made 16 tackles against Navy in the Military Bowl. 2016 - Finished 2016 No. 9 all-time at UVA with 358 career tackles, the most in program history by a defensive back ... started all 12 of UVA's games ... finished season No. 2 in the ACC and No. 9 in the nation with 10.0 tackles per game ... finished the season No. 1 in the ACC and No. 11 in the nation with 5.8 solo tackles per game ... recorded seven tackles in the season opener against Richmond ... shared the team lead with nine tackles at then-No. 24 Oregon ... at UConn shared the team lead for the second game in a row with Micah Kiser with 11 tackles, eight of which were solo stops ... led UVA with 12 tackles against Central Michigan ... made seven stops and his first interception of the season at Duke in the ACC opener ... his interception against the Blue Devils was one of five by the Cavaliers on the day, tying a team record that has been reached 10 times ... set a new career high with 16 tackles against Pitt ... his 16 stops against the Panthers gave him 300 for his career, making him the third-fastest Cavalier to reach the milestone and the fastest defensive back ... led UVA with 13 tackles and 1.0 TFL against then-No. 22 North Carolina ... made eight tackles, broke up two passes and intercepted one against then-No. 5 Louisville ... returned his third quarter interception 30 yards ... made seven tackles at Wake Forest ... made six tackles at Georgia Tech ... was second on the team with 12 stops at Virginia Tech in the season finale. 2015 - Started all 12 of UVA's games ... finished the regular season No. 2 in the ACC and No. 20 in the nation with 115 tackles ... it's the second year in a row he finished No. 2 in the ACC in tackles ... registered double-digit tackles in seven of UVA's 12 games ... led UVA with 38 tackles on passing plays ... recorded 76 tackles on rushing plays ... along with teammate Micah Kiser, became the only teammates in all 10 FBS conferences to finish the regular season ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in tackles in their respective leagues ... along with Kiser, became the first UVA set of sophomores to be named first-team All-ACC since Terry Kirby and Chris Slade in 1990 ... tallied 10 tackles and one tackle for loss at No. 13 UCLA ... made eight stops against No. 9 Notre Dame ... made seven tackles against William & Mary ... made seven tackles and recovered a fumble at Pitt ... led UVA with 12 tackles in UVA's win over Syracuse that went three overtimes ... six of his tackles were solo against the Orange ... named the team's defensive player of the game against North Carolina when he led the Cavaliers with 12 tackles and one interception ... he forced a fumble also against the Tar Heels ... seven of his tackles at North Carolina were solo stops ... named ACC Defensive Back of the Week after posting a game-high 15 tackles against Georgia Tech ... eight of his stops against the Yellow Jackets were solo and he broke up two passes ... his second pass breakup came on a fourth down opportunity for Georgia Tech with 1:06 left and solidified the win ... seven of his 15 tackles against Georgia Tech came in the fourth quarter ... tallied five tackles at Miami ... led UVA with 14 tackles, nine of which were solo, at Louisville ... tallied 11 tackles in a win over Duke ... six of his stops against the Blue Devils were solo tackles ... tied for the team lead with 10 tackles in the season finale against Virginia Tech. 2014 - One of four true freshmen to see playing time and one of two to start at least one game ... one of 10 cavaliers to start all 12 games ... was the first UVA true freshman to start a season opener at one of the two safety positions since Tony Blount did so at Washington on Sept. 11, 1976 ... finished the regular season No. 2 in the ACC and No. 12 nationally with 123 tackles ... broke UVA's freshman record for tackles that was previously held by Ahmad Brooks' 117 tackles in 2003 ... led the nation's freshmen with 123 tackles ... tied for the team lead with three interceptions (Richmond, UNC, Miami) ... led UVA with 79 tackles on rushing plays ... finished rookie campaign tied with Jamie Sharper (1996) for No. 10 in the UVA record book for tackles in a season ... one of two freshmen in the nation to led his team in tackles (NC State's Jerod Fernandez) ... recorded nine tackles in his collegiate debut against UCLA ... made seven combined tackles, broke up two passes, and made first collegiate pick against Richmond ... recorded nine total tackles and one broken up pass against No. 21 Louisville ... had a total of eight tackles at BYU ... led the team with 13 combined tackles in a victory over Kent State ... set a career high and set the team's season high with 15 tackles in a win over Pitt ... made nine tackles at Duke ... recorded six total tackles and the only interception against the Tar Heels ... led the team with 13 combined stops at Georgia Tech ... led the team again with 13 total tackles at No. 2 Florida State ... had seven tackles and had returned an interception for six yards in a win over Miami ... led the team with a total 14 stops including one sack in the season finale at Virginia Tech ... earned first letter.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL
Played safety and wide receiver at Bayside High School for former head coach Darnell Moore and current head coach Jon White ... named Tom Lemming's Co-Defensive Player of the Year with fellow UVA recruit Andrew Brown ... Parade All-America honorable mention ... ESPN 300 recruit ... Rivals.com's No. 5 recruit ... 247Sports.com's No. 8 recruit ... ESPN.com's No. 10 recruit ... ESPN.com's No. 3 recruit in the Commonwealth of Virginia ... No. 1 safety recruit in the nation according to ESPN.com, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com ... rated a five-star recruit according to ESPN.com, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247sports.com ... Under Armour first-team All-American ... MaxPreps.com second-team All-American ... second-team USA Today All-USA ... Beach District co-Defensive Player of the Year ... Virginian-Pilot All-Tidewater first-team at safety ... rarely thrown at on defense and had 118 tackles in 2013 ... played four positions on offensive (QB, RB, TE, WR) as a senior and piled up 1,116 all-purpose yards ... took part in Nike's The Opening in Beaverton, Ore. during the summer of 2013 and 2012 ... was one of three Class of 2014 recruits to take part in Nike's The Opening in 2012 ... appeared in the 2014 Under Armour All-America game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. ... also played in the Chesapeake Bowl ... made 111 tackles and five interceptions as a junior ... son of Kevin Blanding and Cory Lee ... father Kevin played football at NCAA Division II Glenville State (W.V.) for current Arizona football head coach Rich Rodriguez ... has two older sisters, Jordan Lee and Myki Lee ... sister Jordan Lee currently serves in the Navy aboard the USS Oscar Austin, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer ... mother, Cory Lee, named him after the 1989 film titled "The Mighty Quinn"... has an affinity for colorful socks ... major is sociology.
Spring Football NotebookFootball4/20/18As part of the inaugural Wahoowa Weekend, spring football concludes for the Cavaliers with an open practice April 28 at Scott Stadium.Thompson Ready To Lead From FrontWomen's Basketball4/18/18The mood was celebratory Wednesday afternoon at John Paul Jones Arena, where Tina Thompson was introduced as UVA's women's basketball coach.Walsh Ready to Lead 'Hoos in PostseasonMen's Golf4/18/18Healthy again after battling back problems for much of 2017, Thomas Walsh enters this weekend's ACC tournament in good form.
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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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