Virginia Tech right tackle Blake DeChristopher has started more games than any of his teammates and on Sunday his strong play this season was rewarded. DeChristopher was named the Jacobs Blocking Award Trophy recipient, given to the ACC’s most outstanding blocker by a poll of head coaches and defensive coordinators.
DeChristopher, a four-year starter who hasn’t missed a game since Oct. 3, 2009, is the first Virginia Tech player to win the award since the Hokies joined the ACC in 2004. The Midlothian, Va. native was named on six of the 12 ballots and totaled 10 points, one ahead of Florida State senior offensive tackle Zebrie Sanders and North Carolina junior guard Jonathon Cooper.
“This is a great honor,” DeChristopher said in a school-issued statement. “I’m very fortunate to play for a team that has put me in this position and I couldn’t have done it without the 10 other guys on the offense. We worked as a unit up front to come together and protect a young quarterback and open holes for a great running back. I’m just fortunate and so happy to win such a prestigious award.”
The 6-foot-5, 312-pound DeChristopher has been the Hokies’ best linemen throughout this season, grading out at 91 percent for the season with a team-high 117 knockdown blocks. He will make his 50th career start in Saturday’s ACC championship game against No. 21 Clemson.
“You always know what you are going to get from Blake — a good day’s work and all that he’s got,” Coach Frank Beamer said.