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Juan Thornhill

200 lbs.
Altavista, Va.
Altavista HS
High School
Juan Thornhill - Football - Virginia Cavaliers

– College Football News All-America (HM) … All-ACC (1st) … Associated Press All-ACC (1st) … Associated Press All-Bowl Game … Pro Football Focus All-ACC (2nd) … Athlon Sports All-ACC (2nd) … Senior Bowl Invitee … Nagurski Trophy Watch List … Bednarik Award Watch List …Athlon Sports preseason All-ACC second-team. 2017 – All-ACC (3rd).

– Started all 13 of UVA’s games … finished No. 3 in the nation and No. 3 in the ACC with six interceptions … set a UVA single-season record for interception return yards with 141 … led UVA with 98 tackles … started the season-opening game against Richmond at the safety … made one tackle and broke up one pass against the Spiders … named ACC Defensive Back of the Week after the Indiana game where he made seven tackles, intercepted one pass and blocked a PAT, returning it for the first defensive extra points by a Cavalier since 1994 … made nine tackles, all solo, against Ohio in Nashville … also added 1.0 tackles for loss against the Bobcats … made seven tackles and broke up one pass against Louisville in the ACC opener … made seven tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss and broke up two passes at NC State … named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week and the ACC Defensive Back of the Week after making six tackles and picking off two passes against No. 16 Miami … he returned one interception for a career-long 62 yards … made eight tackles and intercepted another pass at Duke … made seven tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss and broke up one pass against North Carolina … made four tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss against Pitt … led UVA with 13 tackles and one interception against Liberty … notched nine tackles at Georgia Tech … led UVA with 14 tackles at Virginia Tech … also broke up a pass and tallied 0.5 tackles for loss against the Hokies … made six tackles, 1.0 tackle for a loss and intercepted a pass in UVA’s Belk Bowl win over South Carolina … part of a secondary that helped keep South Carolina’s passing game at bay, snapping QB Jake Bentley’s streak of 14 games with at least one passing touchdown and handing him his second-worst QB rating (78.3) of his career … his 54-yard interception return set a UVA bowl record for longest return and most interception yards in a game. 2017– Started 12 of UVA’s 13 games … missed the Pitt game with an injury … made 10 tackles, one tackle for loss and broke up a pass in the season-opening win against William & Mary … made four stops and picked his first interception of the year against Indiana … made four tackles against UConn … made nine stops at Boise State and broke up one pass … made four stops, broke up four passes and intercepted another pass with a four-yard return in a home win against Duke … made a touchdown-saving tackle at North Carolina … made two stops against Boston College … key in the Georgia Tech win with five tackles and three pass breakups … added a 0.5 sack against the Yellow Jackets, teaming up with Andrew Brown to force a fourth and 15 on Georgia Tech’s final drive … made four stops and broke up a pass at Louisville … made four stops, broke up two passes and grabbed an interception at No. 2 Miami … made six tackles and intercepted one pass against Virginia Tech … made 10 stops (eight solo) against Navy in the Military Bowl … made 3.0 tackles for loss against the Midshipmen. 2016 – Appeared in all 12 of UVA’s games with 11 starts … led UVA with three interceptions … made first collegiate start against Richmond in the season opener … made four tackles against the Spiders … made seven tackles, 1.0 tackle for a loss and broke up one pass at then-No. 24 Oregon … made four tackles and secured his first career interception at UConn … also broke up a pass against the Huskies … missed the start against Central Michigan after being injured on the opening kick … named ACC Defensive Back of the Week on Oct. 3 after making two interceptions and four tackles at Duke … made three tackles and broke up one pass … made three tackles and forced a fumble against then-No. 22 North Carolina … made six tackles and first career sack against then-No. 5 Louisville … also broke up one pass against the Cardinals … made five stops against Miami … made one stop at Georgia Tech … recorded two tackles at Virginia Tech … also broke up two passes against the Hokies. 2015 – Appeared in nine of UVA’s 12 games … made collegiate debut against Boise State … also saw time at Pitt, against Syracuse and at North Carolina … made first career tackle against the Tar Heels … recorded one tackle against Georgia Tech … recovered an on-side kick against Duke when the Blue Devils made a try on the opening kick of the second half … made six tackles with 1.0 tackles for a loss at Wake Forest.

Played safety and quarterback at Altavista High School for head coach Mike Scharnus … rated a three-star recruit by,, and … Group 1A VHSL State Player of the Year and Group 1A VHSL Quarterback of the Year … first-team VHSL all-state defense … helped Altavista to back-to-back 1A state championships … rushed for the game-winning score, a 40-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter of the state championship game win over Essex High School … in the 2014 championship game he ran for two touchdowns and threw for another … he finished with 99 rushing yards and 100 yards passing in the state title game … was 69-of-111 passing for 1,299 passing yards with 15 touchdowns his senior year … threw one interception, which came in the state title game … rushed for a team-high 1,562 yards on 145 carries … named Group 1A, Conference 44 and Region 1A East Player of the Year … News and Advance’s defensive football player of the year … intercepted five passes and averaged 35.5 yards per kick return … also plays basketball and has helped Altavista win three 1A state championships … has tallied over 1,000 career points for the basketball team … … major is undeclared and is currently studying in UVa’s College of Arts and Sciences.