Virginia Cavaliers sophomore safety Quin Blanding had a great freshman season in 2014, posting 123 tackles and a sack to go with three interceptions.
Thus, it’s not at all a surprise that when Jon White, the former five-star talent’s coach at Virginia Beach’s Bayside High School, spoke to Andrew Ramspacher of The Daily Progress, he compared Blanding to a piano prodigy.
“When he got to us, the first thing that we realized is that this guy really understands football,” White said. “It’s almost like you take a five- or four-year-old and put him in front of the piano and show him stuff, just a little bit, and they just get everything.
“He understood everything. You never had to tell him anything twice.”
It’s certainly a great comparison, as Blanding’s football IQ on the field is off the charts. He reads matchups almost perfectly and moves with poise, precision and determination.
With fine size for his position and 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, he will definitely be a key member of Virginia’s defense in 2015 and hopefully for the next couple of years.
The team has not won a bowl game since 2005 and is 23-38 (11-29 ACC) in five years under coach Mike London.
Hopefully, Blanding can rally the defense together so it is constantly in shutdown mode and Virginia can once again make noise in the ACC.
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