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07/17/17 - Tackling machine Blanding looking to elevate Virginia...No current college football player has made more tackles than Virginia safety Quin Blanding. But sensing more to prove, he came back for his senior season. He said Friday at the ACC Kickoff in Charlotte, N.C., that he had been "50-50" in the offseason about leaving early for the NFL draft. "I just had unfinished business to do here as a team and as an individual," Blanding said. "I'm just getting ready for that." Blanding, a two-time first-team All-ACC player, has 358 career tackles -- 9.94 per game. Both are the top returning marks in the country. NFLDraftscout.com rates him as a potential second-rounder -- the 55th-best prospect overall and the No. 2 free safety behind Texas A&M senior Armani Watts (No. 44).
Despite his numbers and accolades, if Blanding hasn't yet made much of a national name it is because Virginia has gone 11-25 in the past three seasons, including a 2-10 mark in coach Bronco Mendenhall's debut season with the Cavaliers in 2016. "The end result wasn't what we wanted," Blanding said of last season, "but it went really well because people bought in. That's the bottom line. If you don't buy in, you're gone. ... Now, everyone bought in and everyone sees the big picture." The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Blanding has made more than 100 tackles in each of his three seasons, also picking off six passes. He has 5.5 tackles for loss. "I'm the leader of the defense," he said. - The Sports Xchange
07/10/17 - 2017 Preseason Bednarik Award Watchlist: S Quin Blanding, Virginia,...Blanding (Virginia Beach, Va.) was named a Sporting News and Sports Illustrated second-team All-American in 2016. A two-time first-team All-ACC honoree, Blanding started all 12 games for UVA in 2016 and finished the year No. 2 in the ACC and No. 9 in the nation with 10.0 tackles per game. Blanding has finished the past three seasons No. 2 in the ACC in tackles and his 358 career stops currently ranks No. 9 all-time in the UVA annals. - Virginia Football
12/26/16 - Cavalier free safety Quin Blanding (Virginia Beach, Va.) announced today he would return to Virginia for his senior season in 2017. “After careful thought and consideration, I have decided to stay at the University of Virginia and complete my fourth year,” Blanding said. “I am fully committed to coach Bronco Mendenhall, coach Nick Howell and the entire coaching staff and the program they are building. I am committed to my teammates and want to help lead my team to a bowl game while at UVA. “My focus has been and will continue to be helping the team get better and growing as a player. I look forward to having the opportunity to play in the NFL in the future, but my immediate focus right now is my team and contributing to a winning season in 2017. Go Hoos.”
Blanding had submitted his named to the National Football League’s College Advisory Committee for evaluation regarding potential early entry for the 2017 NFL Draft. The Committee, which includes high-level personnel evaluators from NFL clubs and directors from the league’s two sanctioned scouting organizations (National Football Scouting and BLESTO), advises underclassmen on their draft prospects before they make a formal request to the league to join the Draft. Blanding ranks No. 2 in the ACC and No. 10 in the nation with 10.0 tackles per game. Blanding recorded 120 tackles in 2016, which ranks No. 7 in the nation. His 10.0 tackles per game average and 120 total tackles are the most in the nation by a defensive back. Blanding has finished No. 2 in the ACC in tackles three seasons in a row, twice behind Kiser. - Virginia Football
12/26/16 - 2016 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): S Quin Blanding, Jr., Virginia (27),...This is the third career All-ACC honor for Blanding, which includes second-team accolades in 2014. The All-ACC accolades is the second career nods for Conte, Kiser and Mizzell. Conte was an honorable mention selection in 2015 and Mizzell earned third-team honors. Blanding (Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.) ranks No. 2 in the ACC and No. 10 in the nation with 10.0 tackles per game. Blanding recorded 120 tackles in 2016, which ranks No. 7 in the nation. His 10.0 tackles per game average and 120 total tackles are the most in the nation by a defensive back. Blanding has finished No. 2 in the ACC in tackles three seasons in a row, twice behind Kiser. - Virginia Football
05/19/16 - 2016 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List: Quin Blanding, S, Virginia (6-2, 205, Virginia Beach, VA): All-ACC; 2nd team; All-American; 115 tackles on the season; Freshman All-American. - Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation/Lott IMPACT Trophy