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Blanding and Kiser Highlight Seven All-ACC Honorees

Nov. 27, 2017

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Free safety Quin Blanding and inside linebacker Micah Kiser highlight Virginia’s seven players named to the 2017 All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Football team, as announced Monday by the league. Blanding and Kiser were named to the first team for the third year in a row. Wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus and punter Lester Coleman were named to the second team, while cornerback Juan Thornhill was named to the third team. Outside linebacker Chris Peace was named honorable mention as was kick returner Joe Reed.

Blanding and Kiser are the fourth and fifth Cavaliers ever to earn first-team All-ACC honors three years in a row and the first UVA duo to accomplish the feat in the same three years. Anthony Poindexter (1996-97-98), Ronde Barber (1994-95-96) and Jim Dombrowski (1983-84-85) also earned first-team All-ACC honors three years in a row.

This is the fourth career All-ACC honor for Blanding, which includes second-team accolades in 2014 as a freshman. He is the second Cavalier to earn All-ACC honors all four years he was on Grounds. Punter Will Brice also accomplished the feat as a second-team honoree in 1993 and 1994, while taking home first-team honors in 1995 and 1996.


 

 

The All-ACC accolade for Kiser is his third. Coleman, Peace, Reed and Zaccheaus all earned their first career honors.

Blanding (Sr., Virginia Beach, Va.) ranks No. 2 in the ACC and No. 11 in the nation with 121 tackles. His 121 tackles and 10.1 tackles per game leads the nation’s defensive backs. His four interceptions rank No. 3 in the ACC and No. 19 in the nation. Blanding is Virginia’s all-time career tackle leader with 479 stops, which ranks No. 10 all-time in ACC history and No. 1 among ACC defensive backs. Blanding finished the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons No. 2 in the ACC in tackles and is on pace to do so for a fourth time. He finished behind Kiser in 2015 and 2016. Blanding is a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award.

Kiser (Sr., Baltimore, Md.) ranks No. 1 in the ACC and No. 3 in the nation with 134 tackles. His 134 stops tie his 2016 output and Wali Rainer (1998) for No. 4 on UVA’s single-season tackle list. Kiser is a finalist for the Campbell Trophy and the Senior CLASS Award, while he is a semifinalist for the Butkus Award and the Lott IMPACT Trophy. He is No. 5 all-time at UVA with 400 career tackles and owns 20 career double-digit tackle games in 36 career starts. Kiser’s 385 tackles since the start of the 2015 season are the most in the nation during that span.

Coleman (Jr., Martinsville, Va.) ranks No. 3 in the ACC and No. 22 in the nation with 44 yards per punt. Coleman, who made his collegiate debut in the season opener against William & Mary, gives UVA punter recognition on the All-ACC team for the third year in a row. Nicholas Conte was an honorable mention punter in 2015 and a first-team honoree in 2016. Coleman leads the ACC with 23 punts of 50 yards or more and is No. 2 in the ACC and No. 8 in the nation with 28 punts inside the 20.

Zaccheaus (Jr., Plainfield, N.J.) is No. 3 in the ACC and No. 7 in the nation with 80 receptions. His 80 receptions are No. 2 on UVA’s single-season ledger. His 833 receiving yards are No. 6 in the ACC and his five receiving touchdowns rank No. 8 in the league.

Thornhill (Jr., Altavista, Va.) is No. 2 in the ACC in passes defended per game (1.5). His four interceptions rank No. 3 in the ACC and No. 19 in the nation. Thornhill also broke up 12 passes in 11 games. He finished with 53 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss.

Reed (So., Charlotte Court House, Va.) earned honorable mention accolades as a kick returner where he ranks No. 1 in the ACC and No. 9 in the nation with 28.6 yards per kick return. He leads the ACC with six returns of 30 yards or more. Reed is No. 2 in the ACC and No. 14 in the nation with one kick return for a touchdown. His 92-yard kick return for a touchdown against Georgia Tech was the eighth longest return in program history.

Peace (Jr., Newport News, Va.) is No. 1 among ACC linebackers with 7.5 sacks and No. 4 overall. His 7.5 sacks rank No. 5 among the nation’s linebackers and No. 28 overall. Peace also has 60 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, two pass breakups and one interception.

2017 All-ACC Football Teams

First Team Offense

Pos.

Name

Year

School

Points

WR

Steve Ishmael

Sr.

Syracuse

164

WR

Cam Phillips

Sr.

Virginia Tech

136

WR

Jaylen Smith

Jr.

Louisville

114

TE

Cam Serigne

Sr.

Wake Forest

147

OT

Mitch Hyatt

Jr.

Clemson

163

OT

Brian O'Neill

Jr.

Pittsburgh

109

OG

Tyrone Crowder

Sr.

Clemson

131

OG

Wyatt Teller

Sr.

Virginia Tech

107

C

Justin Falcinelli

Jr.

Clemson

59

QB

Lamar Jackson

Jr.

Louisville

171

RB

AJ Dillon

Fr.

Boston College

171

RB

Nyheim Hines

Jr.

NC State

148

AP

Jaylen Samuels

Sr.

NC State

147

PK

Michael Badgley

Sr.

Miami

98

SP

Anthony Ratliff-Williams

So.

North Carolina

58


First Team Defense

Pos.

Name

Year

School

Points

DE

Bradley Chubb

Sr.

NC State

168

DE

Clelin Ferrell

So.

Clemson

123

DT

Christian Wilkins

Jr.

Clemson

153

DT

Dexter Lawrence

So.

Clemson

108

LB

Micah Kiser

Sr.

Virginia

155

LB

Tremaine Edmunds

Jr.

Virginia Tech

135

LB

Joe Giles-Harris

So.

Duke

114

CB

Mark Gilbert

So.

Duke

97

CB

Greg Stroman

Sr.

Virginia Tech

89

S

Quin Blanding

Sr.

Virginia

151

S

Derwin James

So.

Florida State

109

P

Ryan Winslow

Sr.

Pittsburgh

99



Second Team Offense

Pos.

Name

Year

School

Points

WR

Kelvin Harmon

So.

NC State

108

WR

Olamide Zaccheaus

Jr.

Virginia

92

WR

Ervin Philips

Sr.

Syracuse

91

TE

Christopher Herndon IV

Sr.

Miami

123

OT

Will Richardson

Jr.

NC State

87

OT

Chris Lindstrom

Jr.

Boston College

55

OG

Tony Adams

Sr.

NC State

81

OG

Parker Braun

So.

Georgia Tech

64

C

Ryan Anderson

Jr.

Wake Forest

45

 C

Alec Eberle

Jr.

Florida State

45

QB

John Wolford

Sr.

Wake Forest

77

RB

KirVonte Benson

So.

Georgia Tech

98

RB

Travis Homer

So.

Miami

87

AP

Greg Dortch

Fr.

Wake Forest

54

PK

Mike Weaver

Sr.

Wake Forest

73

SP

Quadree Henderson

Jr.

Pittsburgh

52

Second Team Defense

Pos.

Name

Year

School

Points

DE

Austin Bryant

Jr.

Clemson

85

DE

Duke Ejiofor

Sr.

Wake Forest

78

DT

Tim Settle

So.

Virginia Tech

83

DT

RJ McIntosh

Jr.

Miami

79

LB

Dorian O'Daniel

Sr.

Clemson

102

LB

Shaquille Quarterman

So.

Miami

79

LB

Parris Bennett

Sr.

Syracuse

72

CB

Michael Jackson

Jr.

Miami

70

CB

Tarvarus McFadden

Jr.

Florida State

59

S

Jaquan Johnson

Jr.

Miami

98

S

Lukas Denis

Jr.

Boston College

94

P

Lester Coleman

Jr.

Virginia 

66


Third Team Offense

Pos.

Name

Year

School

Points

WR

Braxton Berrios

Sr.

Miami

70

WR

Hunter Renfrow

Jr.

Clemson

52

WR

Deon Cain

Jr.

Clemson

50

TE

Tommy Sweeney

Jr.

Boston College

41

OT

Kc McDermott

Sr.

Miami

51

OT

Justin Herron

Jr.

Wake Forest

43

OG

Taylor Hearn

Jr.

Clemson

57

OG

Phil Haynes

Jr.

Wake Forest

47

C

Austin Davis

Sr.

Duke

44

QB

Ryan Finley

Jr.

NC State

37

RB

Travis Etienne

Fr.

Clemson

80

RB

Cam Akers

Fr.

Florida State

61

AP

Anthony Ratliff-Williams

So.

North Carolina

46

PK

Cole Murphy

Sr.

Syracuse

65

SP

Nyheim Hines

Jr.

NC State

45

 SP

Michael Walker

Jr.

Boston College

45



Third Team Defense

Pos.

Name

Year

School

Points

DE

Harold Landry

Sr.

Boston College

61

DE

Trent Harris

Sr.

Miami

41

DT

Derrick Nnadi

Sr.

Florida State

53

DT

Mike Ramsay

Sr.

Duke

52

LB

Kendall Joseph

Jr.

Clemson

57

LB

Ty Schwab

Sr.

Boston College

53

LB

Andrew Motuapuaka

Sr.

Virginia Tech

42

CB

Avonte Maddox

Sr.

Pittsburgh

55

CB

Juan Thornhill

Jr.

Virginia 

51

S

Terrell Edmunds

Jr.

Virginia Tech

44

S

Jeremy McDuffie

Jr.

Duke

36

P

Pressley Harvin III

Fr.

Georgia Tech

43




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