UVa's Blanding earns ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors

UVa's Blanding earns ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors{ }

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WSET) - UVa senior free safety Quin Blanding is the ACC Defensive Back of the Week.

Blanding picked off Duke early Saturday and returned the interception 58 yards for his first pick-6 and longest return of his career in UVa's 28-21 win over the Blue Devils.

Virginia is 4-and-1 for the first time since 2007. The Cavaliers have won three in a row for the first time in six years, they play at 1-and-5 North Carolina Saturday at 3:30.

The Tar Heels, though, have beaten UVa the last SEVEN games.

Bronco Mendenhall, SECOND-YEAR VIRGINIA HEAD COACH, said "That's when programs become established. It's not just doing it one week, or one game, but then multiple weeks. And then, regardless of home or away. And then when that starts happening, not only day to day, but week to week, eventually that becomes year to year. Then that's when the best programs -- that's what they do."