Blanding Named to Preseason All-ACC Team
July 23, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia free safety Quin Blanding was one of 27 student-athletes named to the preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference team, as voted on by media members credentialed for the ACC Football Kickoff earlier this week at Pinehurst Resort.
Blanding (So., Virginia Beach, Va.), who was also named to the Bednarik Award, Nagurski Trophy and Jim Thorpe Award Watch Lists, was the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2014 after finishing the regular season No. 2 in the ACC with 123 tackles, which led the nation’s freshmen. Blanding also was named Scout.com’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 2015 preseason All-American by Athlon Sports (third-team) and Phil Steele (fourth-team).
Eight other Cavaliers earned votes from the media: Ross Burbank (C), Maurice Canady (CB), David Dean (DT), Ian Frye (PK), Mike Moore (DE), Demetrious Nicholson (CB), Canaan Severin (WR) and Eric Smith (OT).