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Thornhill Named ACC Defensive Back of the Week

Juan Thornhill earns first career honor

Oct. 3, 2016

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Sophomore cornerback Juan Thornhill has been named ACC Defensive Back of the Week for games played through Oct. 1. It is the first career weekly accolade for Thornhill.

Thornhill (So., Altavista, Va.) had two interceptions to help UVA to a 34-20 win at Duke. The victory ended a 17-game road losing streak for the Hoos and was UVA’s first win at Duke since 2006. He also had four tackles and broke up another pass. Thornhill was part of a defensive unit that forced six turnovers and tied the school record with five interceptions.

Virginia returns to action on Oct. 15 when Pitt comes to Scott Stadium. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m.


Offensive Back—Deshaun Watson, Clemson

Offensive Line—Jay Guillermo, Clemson

Receiver—Ryan Switzer, North Carolina

Defensive Line--Trent Harris, Miami



Defensive Back—Juan Thornhill, Virginia

Linebacker—Ben Boulware, Clemson

Specialist—Nick Weiler, North Carolina

Rookie—Dedrick Mills, Georgia Tech


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