This week top defensive performer goes to @mandy_alonso55
🔸5 total tackles
🔸3 TFL#GoHoos | #THEStandard pic.twitter.com/wukriqaZBw
— Virginia Football (@UVAFootball) October 2, 2021
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia senior Mandy Alonso was selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Lineman of the Week on Monday (Oct. 4).
Playing in his hometown, Alonso established career highs in sacks (2) and tackles for loss (3) in a 30-28 road victory against Miami on Thursday night. In the first quarter he broke through the Miami offensive line and tackled Hurricane running back Cam’Ron Harris in the end zone to give UVA its second safety of the season and an early 9-0 lead in the game. The Cavaliers held the Hurricanes to just 10 yards of total offense in the first quarter.
After the game, Alonso was picked by UVA head coach Bronco Mendenhall for the team’s “Break the Rock” ceremony in the locker room. The win in his hometown was the first in four previous tries (3 vs. Miami, 1 in Orange Bowl).
Great team win! @mandy_alonso55 go ahead and break the rock!#GoHoos | #THEStandard pic.twitter.com/HjZ2vyvPfU
— Virginia Football (@UVAFootball) October 1, 2021
Alonso is the first UVA defensive lineman to take home the weekly honor since Chris Brathwaite in 2012.
ACC Players of the Week (10/4/2021)
QB – Kenny Pickett, Pitt
RB – Kobe Pace, Clemson
WR – Josh Downs, North Carolina
OL – Gabe Houy, Pitt
DL – Mandy Alonso, Virginia
LB – John Petrishen, Pitt
DB – Traveon Redd, Wake Forest
Specialist – Trenton Gill, NC State
Rookie – Justice Ellison, Wake Forest