Oct. 9, 2017
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia free safety Quin Blanding has been named the ACC Defensive Back of the Week for games played through Oct. 7. It is the second career weekly accolade from the ACC and first since Nov. 2, 2015.
Blanding (Sr., Virginia Beach, Va.) helped lead a UVA defense that held Duke to two offensive touchdowns and just 255 yards of total offense in the Cavaliers’ 28-21 victory on Saturday. Blanding had eight tackles and returned a Blue Devil pass 58 yards for a touchdown to give the Cavaliers the early lead. It was his first pick-six and the longest return of his career. It was the fifth-longest interception return this year in ACC action and the first INT return for a score by a Virginia player since 2014 (Max Valles, vs. Pitt).
ACC FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK, Oct. 9, 2017
Offensive Back-Ryan Finley, NC State
Offensive Lineman-Will Richardson, NC State
Receiver-Braxton Berrios, Miami
Defensive Lineman–Zach Allen, BC
Linebacker-Joe Giles-Harris, Duke
Defensive Back-Quin Blanding, Virginia
Specialist-Alex Kessman, Pitt
Rookie-Sean Savoy, Virginia Tech