CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Six Virginia football student-athletes were recognized as members of the 2021 Atlantic Coast Conference All-Academic Team. It marked the fifth season in- a-row that UVA has had at least six All-ACC Academic honorees, the longest streak in program history.
Defensive end Mandy Alonso (Educational Psychology – Social Foundations), safety Joey Blount (Educational Psychology – Social Foundations), kicker Brendan Farrell (history), defensive back Coen King (Government), football player Keytaon Thompson (Higher Education – Master’s) and tight end Jelani Woods (Higher Education – Master’s) were all honored for the academic prowess.
All except for Blount were honored for the first time in their careers. Blount was listed on the ACC All-Academic Team for the third-consecutive year. Woods became the 27th Cavalier to be first team All-ACC selection as well as a member of the ACC All-Academic Team.
The ACC has selected an ACC All-Academic Team every year since 1954, and with the addition of this year’s selections, UVA has had 253 student-athletes earn such honors since the inception of the award.
To be eligible for consideration for the team, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his undergraduate and/or graduate academic career. All 15 ACC schools were represented on the team.