BIO: Three-year starter awarded varying degrees of All-Conference honors since his freshman campaign. Posted 45/13/10.5 as a junior after 85/16/6 the prior year. Made an instant impact as a freshman with 107/14/10.
POSITIVES: Physically gifted defender who forces the action and makes an impact on the field. Breaks down well, easily plays off blocks and gets to the action. Tough to knock off his feet, effectively uses hand technique to protect himself and redirects well to the play. Quickly changes direction and displays the ability to immediately alter his angle of attack. Pursues well laterally, forceful up the field and at the same time covers a lot of area displaying good sideline-to-sideline range. Disciplined, reads the action and stays with assignments.
NEGATIVES: Mainly used up the field or in the box at Virginia. Stiff backpedaling in reverse and possesses marginal skills in coverage.
ANALYSIS: A defensive player who must be accounted for on the field, Blackstock has been likened to former All-Pro Lawrence Taylor by Virginia head coach Al Groh. Has similar abilities to disrupt the action, yet must complete the deal and improve his play in coverage. Possesses a lot of upside and can be used in several defensive systems.