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June 23, 2015

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Athlon Sports released its preseason All-America teams today (June 23) and Virginia free safety Quin Blanding was named to its third team.

Blanding (So., Virginia Beach, Va.) was the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2014 after finishing the regular season No. 2 in the ACC with 123 tackles, while also leading the nation’s freshmen. Blanding also was named’s National Defensive Rookie of the Year, while also earning numerous Freshman All-America distinctions from various outlets, including by Athlon Sports. Blanding was also named a preseason All-American (fourth-team) by Phil Steele.

Blanding and Virginia open the 2015 season at UCLA on Sept. 5. The game will be televised live on FOX at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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