SQuin Blanding

Virginia — ACC
  • Height: 6020
  • Weight: 209
  • Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
  • Age: 21


2017 (Senior): Has started all 12 of UVA's games ... recorded 12 tackles in a season-opening win against William & Mary ... notched 12 tackles against Indiana, six of which were solo stops ... made nine stops against UConn ... led UVA with 10 tackles, eight of which were solo, in road win at Boise State ... also collected one tackle for a loss of three yards ... was named ACC Defensive Back of the Week after making eight tackles and adding a 'pick-6' against Duke ... his 58-yard interception return for a touchdown marked his first collegiate score and the longest interception return of his career ... was named ACC Defensive Back of the Week for the second week in a row after collecting 10 tackles in a road win at North Carolina ... made 13 tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss against Boston College ... led UVA with nine tackles and one interception at Pitt ... made four stops and 0.5 tackles for loss against Georgia Tech ... intercepted his ninth career pass and returned it 13 yards against the Yellow Jackets ... made nine tackles and broke up a pass at Louisville ... made eight stops and one interception at No. 2 Miami ... notched a career-high 17 tackles against Virginia Tech. 

2016 (Junior): Finished 2016 No. 9 all-time at UVA with 358 career tackles, the most in program history by a defensive back ... started all 12 of UVA's games ... finished season No. 2 in the ACC and No. 9 in the nation with 10.0 tackles per game ... finished the season No. 1 in the ACC and No. 11 in the nation with 5.8 solo tackles per game ... recorded seven tackles in the season opener against Richmond ... shared the team lead with nine tackles at then-No. 24 Oregon ... at UConn shared the team lead for the second game in a row with Micah Kiser with 11 tackles, eight of which were solo stops ... led UVA with 12 tackles against Central Michigan ... made seven stops and his first interception of the season at Duke in the ACC opener ... his interception against the Blue Devils was one of five by the Cavaliers on the day, tying a team record that has been reached 10 times ... set a new career high with 16 tackles against Pitt ... his 16 stops against the Panthers gave him 300 for his career, making him the third-fastest Cavalier to reach the milestone and the fastest defensive back ... led UVA with 13 tackles and 1.0 TFL against then-No. 22 North Carolina ... made eight tackles, broke up two passes and intercepted one against then-No. 5 Louisville ... returned his third quarter interception 30 yards ... made seven tackles at Wake Forest ... made six tackles at Georgia Tech ... was second on the team with 12 stops at Virginia Tech in the season finale. 

2015 (Sophomore): Started all 12 of UVA's games ... finished the regular season No. 2 in the ACC and No. 20 in the nation with 115 tackles ... it's the second year in a row he finished No. 2 in the ACC in tackles ... registered double-digit tackles in seven of UVA's 12 games ... led UVA with 38 tackles on passing plays ... recorded 76 tackles on rushing plays ... along with teammate Micah Kiser, became the only teammates in all 10 FBS conferences to finish the regular season ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in tackles in their respective leagues ... along with Kiser, became the first UVA set of sophomores to be named first-team All-ACC since Terry Kirby and Chris Slade in 1990 ... tallied 10 tackles and one tackle for loss at No. 13 UCLA ... made eight stops against No. 9 Notre Dame ... made seven tackles against William & Mary ... made seven tackles and recovered a fumble at Pitt ... led UVA with 12 tackles in UVA's win over Syracuse that went three overtimes ... six of his tackles were solo against the Orange ... named the team's defensive player of the game against North Carolina when he led the Cavaliers with 12 tackles and one interception ... he forced a fumble also against the Tar Heels ... seven of his tackles at North Carolina were solo stops ... named ACC Defensive Back of the Week after posting a game-high 15 tackles against Georgia Tech ... eight of his stops against the Yellow Jackets were solo and he broke up two passes ... his second pass breakup came on a fourth down opportunity for Georgia Tech with 1:06 left and solidified the win ... seven of his 15 tackles against Georgia Tech came in the fourth quarter ... tallied five tackles at Miami ... led UVA with 14 tackles, nine of which were solo, at Louisville ... tallied 11 tackles in a win over Duke ... six of his stops against the Blue Devils were solo tackles ... tied for the team lead with 10 tackles in the season finale against Virginia Tech. 

2014 (Freshman): One of four true freshmen to see playing time and one of two to start at least one game ... one of 10 cavaliers to start all 12 games ... was the first UVA true freshman to start a season opener at one of the two safety positions since Tony Blount did so at Washington on Sept. 11, 1976 ... finished the regular season No. 2 in the ACC and No. 12 nationally with 123 tackles ... broke UVA's freshman record for tackles that was previously held by Ahmad Brooks' 117 tackles in 2003 ... led the nation's freshmen with 123 tackles ... tied for the team lead with three interceptions (Richmond, UNC, Miami) ... led UVA with 79 tackles on rushing plays ... finished rookie campaign tied with Jamie Sharper (1996) for No. 10 in the UVA record book for tackles in a season ... one of two freshmen in the nation to led his team in tackles (NC State's Jerod Fernandez) ... recorded nine tackles in his collegiate debut against UCLA ... made seven combined tackles, broke up two passes, and made first collegiate pick against Richmond ... recorded nine total tackles and one broken up pass against No. 21 Louisville ... had a total of eight tackles at BYU ... led the team with 13 combined tackles in a victory over Kent State ... set a career high and set the team's season high with 15 tackles in a win over Pitt ... made nine tackles at Duke ... recorded six total tackles and the only interception against the Tar Heels ... led the team with 13 combined stops at Georgia Tech ... led the team again with 13 total tackles at No. 2 Florida State ... had seven tackles and had returned an interception for six yards in a win over Miami ... led the team with a total 14 stops including one sack in the season finale at Virginia Tech ... earned first letter.

High School: Played safety and wide receiver at Bayside High School for former head coach Darnell Moore and current head coach Jon White ... named Tom Lemming's Co-Defensive Player of the Year with fellow UVA recruit Andrew Brown ... Parade All-America honorable mention ... ESPN 300 recruit ... Rivals.com's No. 5 recruit ... 247Sports.com's No. 8 recruit ... ESPN.com's No. 10 recruit ... ESPN.com's No. 3 recruit in the Commonwealth of Virginia ... No. 1 safety recruit in the nation according to ESPN.com, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com ... rated a five-star recruit according to ESPN.com, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247sports.com ... Under Armour first-team All-American ... MaxPreps.com second-team All-American ... second-team USA Today All-USA ... Beach District co-Defensive Player of the Year ... Virginian-Pilot All-Tidewater first-team at safety ... rarely thrown at on defense and had 118 tackles in 2013 ... played four positions on offensive (QB, RB, TE, WR) as a senior and piled up 1,116 all-purpose yards ... took part in Nike's The Opening in Beaverton, Ore. during the summer of 2013 and 2012 ... was one of three Class of 2014 recruits to take part in Nike's The Opening in 2012 ... appeared in the 2014 Under Armour All-America game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. ... also played in the Chesapeake Bowl ... made 111 tackles and five interceptions as a junior 

Personal: Blanding is son of Kevin Blanding and Cory Lee ... father Kevin played football at NCAA Division II Glenville State (W.V.) for current Arizona football head coach Rich Rodriguez ... has two older sisters, Jordan Lee and Myki Lee ... sister Jordan Lee currently serves in the Navy aboard the USS Oscar Austin, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer ... mother, Cory Lee, named him after the 1989 film titled "The Mighty Quinn"... has an affinity for colorful socks ... major is sociology.