2015 NFL DRAFT
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Will Blackmon

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 198 | College: Boston College
 
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Overview

Already an established cornerback, Blackmon made a bold move late in his career when he shifted to wide receiver as a senior. Known for his blazing speed and game-breaking ability as a return specialist, Blackmon sacrificed personal success for that of the team when he moved to the depleted receiving corps.

While many scouts hoped he would continue to play defense, Blackmon has mostly concentrated on improving his receiving ability throughout the 2005 season and did not see his first action on defense until the Eagles' seventh game, vs. Wake Forest.

The Bishop Hendricken High School product earned All-America first-team honors from USA Today, ESPN.com, Super Prep and Prep Stars as a senior. He was selected as the top player in New England by both Super Prep and Prep Stars. Blackmon also earned Gatorade Rhode Island Player of the Year accolades as a senior defensive back/running back. He was a two-time All-State and three-time All-City choice.

Blackmon led the Hawks to a 9-3 record in 2001, rushing for 1,618 yards and 24 touchdowns and registering 310 receiving yards. Defensively, he made 100 tackles and three interceptions as a senior. He intercepted 13 passes in his final three years at Bishop Hendricken. Blackmon starred in the annual U.S. Army All-America football all-star game that was played in Alamo Stadium in San Antonio, Texas, in January, 2002, registering four tackles, recovering two fumbles and returning an interception 32 yards. He also excelled in basketball and track, winning the 100 meters in the Rhode Island state meet (10.87).

Blackmon was one of four true freshmen to see action at Boston College in 2002. He was the team's key secondary reserve, collecting 29 tackles (22 solos) with an interception and a pass deflection. He also recovered and caused a fumble. On special teams, he returned 28 kickoffs for 630 yards (22.5 avg) and four punts for 29 yards (7.2 avg).

Blackmon took over starting left cornerback duties in 2003. He ranked seventh on the team with a career-high 64 tackles (50 solos), including two stops behind the line of scrimmage. He caused and recovered a fumble, batted away 10 passes and intercepted four others. Blackmon totaled 922 yards on 36 kickoff returns (25.6 avg) and 92 yards on eight punt returns (11.5 avg). His kickoff return yardage set a school season record.

Blackmon earned second-team All-Big East honors in 2004, the team's final year in that conference. He started nine games at left cornerback, sharing the position with 2005 starter DeJuan Tribble. Blackmon ranked eighth on the squad with 46 tackles (30 solos) and also caused a fumble. He deflected three passes and intercepted three others. On special teams, Blackmon became the first player in school history to return both a punt and kickoff for touchdowns in the same season. He gained 762 yards with a score on 28 kickoffs, ranking eighth in the nation with a 27.2-yard average. He also amassed 261 yards on 23 punt returns.

With the team lacking veteran depth at wide receiver, Blackmon shifted to split end in 2005. He led the team with 51 receptions for 763 yards (15.0 avg) and four touchdowns, adding 21 yards on three reverses. He returned 22 kickoffs for 489 yards (22.2 avg) and 15 punts for 124 yards (8.3 avg) while making two solo tackles.

In 48 games with the Eagles, Blackmon started 34 times (22 on defense, 12 on offense). He made 141 tackles (104 solos) with two stops for losses of 3 yards. He caused three fumbles, recovered two others and deflected 14 passes. Blackmon also intercepted eight passes for 59 yards in returns. On offense, Blackmon totaled 763 yards with four scores on 51 receptions (15.0 avg) and 21 yards on three carries (7.0 avg).

On special teams, Blackmon returned 114 kickoffs for 2,803 yards (24.6 avg) and a touchdown, shattering the school career records. He fell just 120 yards shy of the NCAA Division 1-A all-time kickoff return yardage record. Blackmon also gained 506 yards on 40 punt returns (12.7 avg) and a score.

Analysis

Positives: Shows quick feet and good balance in transition, displaying the change of direction agility to make plays on the ball … Opens his hips and does not take false steps coming out of his backpedal … Has the burst needed to close on the ball in flight, timing his leaps well to get to the football at its high point … Has natural hands to field the ball and generates good acceleration on returns … Can plant and flip his hips properly to shadow the receiver through the routes … Continuous in his movements to the ball and has the range to make plays in front of him … Has good field savvy and will not eye the quarterback too long when playing zone … As a receiver, he shows some suddenness to gain advantage coming off the line … Anticipates the defender's moves well and knows how to use his hands to defeat the jam … Adequate route runner with the body control to make sharp cuts … Has adequate quickness in and out of his breaks … Conscious of the sticks and shows the quick moves needed to uncover … Good to see the ball and make adjustments to it in flight.

Negatives: Has only adequate muscle definition and marginal strength … Needs to add more muscle tone and bulk, but the additional weight could affect his quickness … More quick than fast (4.56 40-yard dash) … Good in transition, but will get a little high in his backpedal, resulting in him not staying in it long enough at times … Adequate in run force, but lacks the strength to be much of a factor in this area … Needs to do a better job with his hands to keep blockers off his body when working along the line … Shows urgency making the tackle, but is more of a grab type who will ankle bite rather than wrap and secure … Has good range and comprehends zone concepts well, but when he gets too high in his pedal, he struggles to redirect … Has good closing speed, but does not have the timed speed to recover when a receiver gets by him on deep routes … As a receiver, he shows the body control to make sharp cuts, but needs to improve his timing in order to generate better consistency attempting to finish … Has adequate ability to separate, but is much better on underneath routes than when running deep … Will drop some ball when he lets the football into his frame … Better perimeter runner, as it seems that he hears footsteps when going over the middle at times.

When I think of this talented athlete, a verse from a song by rapper Eminem keeps running through my head ? Will the real Will Blackmon please stand up, please stand up. The promising cornerback made a move to wide receiver as a senior and that shift will certainly highlight his versatility and athletic skills, but has done nothing to help him improve his stock at either position.

While he possesses good speed that has made him a game-breaker on special teams, Blackmon was a decent pass defender who eventually was forced to share playing time at left cornerback in 2004. Hoping the move to offense would enhance his draft stock, Blackmon has yet to prove he is capable of being a pro split end, even though he led the team in receptions.

As a defensive player, Blackmon demonstrated the ability to use his size and quick feet to cover in the short area. He shows very good closing speed and the ability to plant and drive out of transition. He will get a little too high in his backpedal at times and needs to stay lower in his pads in order to redirect without taking false steps in the process.

Blackmon shows good urgency closing on the ball. He is smooth throughout his stride and opens his hips well to generate a better burst in order to make plays on routes. He is very active with his hands in attempts to press and reroute his opponent at the line of scrimmage. He shows natural hands for the interception and has the balance and body control to get good yardage on his returns.

Blackmon is not timid in run support, but lacks the power to maintain position. He is more of a grab tackler and ankle biter rather than a defender who will wrap and secure when making a hit. Blackmon will not hesitate to stick his head in the pile, but is better as a cover corner than one who will come up and be effective in run force.

Blackmon is best as a cover corner, as he is quick to react when he sees the play develop. His feet and change of direction agility lets him stay tight with the receiver underneath, but he does not have the blazing acceleration to recover when a receiver gets a step on him in deep patterns. He does show adequate zone coverage awareness, but is not physical enough or decisive enough to excel in a Cover-2 scheme.

As a receiver, he is an adequate route runner, but will get a little frustrated when he fails to elude the defender through route progression. He cannot be considered a downfield threat until he shows better acceleration and timing in his routes. Blackmon does not seem capable of finishing his routes with better speed coming out of his breaks or driving back to the ball. He does show good alertness and awareness for the sticks, though.

Blackmon shows good body control extending for the ball and flexibility in his fingers (does not drop easy passes). Blackmon needs to do a better job of flashing a downfield burst in order to accelerate and adjust to the deep ball better (only six of his 51 catches have gone for 25 or more yards). He does run with good vision and shows the nifty feet to get upfield and make things happen once he is able to elude press coverage.

His best value is as a kickoff returner. Blackmon has adequate strength to power through the wedge and shows good open-field acceleration. He has the body control to make sharp cuts and the instincts to adjust to coverage. He does a decent job of fielding the ball before running with it, having lost the football only twice in the last two years. He also can be an effective backup punt returner.

If Blackmon played defense in addition to offense in 2005, he would be an inviting draft prospect. But even though he earned All-Big East second-team honors in 2004, he had to share time at cornerback that year and is nothing more than an adequate college receiver. Based on athletic ability, he could still be a first-day draft selection, but with limited big plays under his belt, except for on special teams, the jury is still out on his ability to produce at the next level.

Career Notes

In 2004, Blackmon became the first player in school history to return a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns in the same season … He earned 22 starting assignments as a left cornerback and 12 at split end … Holds the school's career records with 114 kickoff returns for 2,803 yards, shattering the previous marks of 86 returns for 1,975 yards by Tim Frager (1987-90) … He fell 120 yards shy of the NCAA career kickoff return yardage record of 2,922 by Jeff Liggon of Tulane (1993-96) … His 506 yards on punt returns rank fourth in school history behind Kelvin Martin (1,012, 1983-86), Kenyatta Watson (816, 1993-96) and Ed Rideout (714, 1969-71) … Gained 4,152 all-purpose yards during his career.

2005 Season

All-Atlantic Coast Conference second-team selection as a receiver, adding honorable mention as a return specialist … Started all year at split end, leading the team with 51 catches for 763 yards (15.0 avg) and four touchdowns … Gained 21 yards on three reverses and recorded two solo tackles … Returned 22 kickoffs for 489 yards (22.2 avg) and 15 punts for 124 yards (8.3 avg) … Amassed 1,397 all-purpose yards, an average of 116.4 yards per game … Fumbled twice, with the opposition recovering one.

2005 Game Analysis

Brigham Young … Made his starting debut on offense a memorable one, catching eight passes for 100 yards … Five of those receptions were good for first downs, including two coming on third-down plays … Also had a 16-yard kickoff return and a 24-yard punt return … BC kept BYU off-balance in a 12-play, 80-yard drive that put the Eagles up 17-3 on the first play of the fourth quarter on a 4-yard pass from QB Quinton Porter to tight end Chris Miller. The Eagles converted on three third downs during the drive, including a short pass to Blackmon that turned into a 25-yard play when he caught a sideline pass, stopped and let BYU's Chris Hale run past before taking off down the sideline … Also saw some action on defense, but did not record any tackles … Head to Head Competition -- CB Chris Hale.

Army … Suffered a left shoulder contusion in the first quarter … Had a 41-yard touchdown catch, along with 31 yards on two reverses … Added 16 yards on a kickoff return and 5 yards on a punt return … Few pro scouts would be impressed by a player who runs 40 yards in 16 seconds, unless he followed the route Blackmon took. He ran across the field and turned the corner for a 41-yard touchdown in the second quarter … "We had three shots at him but he made a remarkable play on it. It was a remarkable athletic play," Army coach Bobby Ross said … Blackmon injured his left shoulder in the first quarter, but it obviously didn't affect his legs … BC led 20-7 early in the second quarter when cornerback DeJuan Tribble, the player who replaced Blackmon in the secondary, knocked the ball loose from Jacob Murphy, and Robert Francois recovered at the Army 41. On BC's first play, Quinton Porter bobbled the snap but got a handle on it and threw to Blackmon on the right side at the Army 36. With nowhere to go, Blackmon turned back toward the line of scrimmage, sidestepped a handful of would-be tacklers and circled around to the left side of the field. Getting a pick from a blocker to help him turn the corner, Blackmon went the last 40 yards due north and scored easily. "I took a huge risk," he said. "My intention was to make the first guy miss and go downfield. But when I got by him, another guy came." Smarting from the botched snap, Porter hung his head until he realized his work wasn't done. "I got someone," he boasted. "You go back and look at the tape." … Blackmon's 41-yard touchdown reception marked the first of his career to go with scores on kickoff and punt returns in his career … Head to Head Competition -- CB Dhyan Tarver.

Florida State … Made four catches for 31 yards and a touchdown … Two of his receptions were good for first downs … Gained 25 yards on two kickoff returns … Had a 12-yard grab for a first down in the first quarter that set up a 31-yard field goal by Ryan Ohlinger … On a third-and-14 play early in the second quarter, Blackmon caught a 14-yard scoring pass from Quinton Porter … Was later tackled for a 10-yard loss on a reverse in the third quarter … Head to Head Competition -- CB Gerard Ross.

Clemson … Gained 43 yards on five catches … Three of those receptions resulted in first downs … Returned two punts for 15 yards and gained 42 yards on two kickoff returns … Had a 5-yard catch for a first down on a flag pass from QB Matt Ryan that set up Ryan's 1-yard touchdown run to cap a 64-yard, 11-play drive to start the second quarter … Head to Head Competition -- CB Sergio Gilliam.

Ball State … Followed with three catches for 38 yards, but turned the ball over on a punt return when he fumbled the ball and it was recovered by BSU free safety David Gater … Had a 22-yard reception for a first down in the third quarter … Head to Head Competition -- CB Ryan Patrick.

Virginia … Was stymied by cornerback Marcus Hamilton, who held Blackmon to three catches for 13 yards and stopped Blackmon for a 1-yard loss on a pass from Quinton Porter late in the first quarter … Had a 26-yard kickoff return in the third quarter that set up Porter's 19-yard touchdown pass to Tony Gonzalez … Head to Head Competition -- CB Marcus Hamilton.

Wake Forest … Limited to 22 yards on four catches, but added 42 yards on four punt returns and 97 yards on four kickoff returns … Had a 36-yard kickoff return in the first quarter … His 13-yard punt return in the third quarter set up fullback Brian Toal's 1-yard scoring run … Blackmon's fourth quarter 26-yard kickoff return started a drive that was capped by Matt Ryan's 38-yard touchdown pass to Tony Gonzalez … On defense, Blackmon tackled Demir Boldin after the receiver gained 4 yards on a pass from QB Cory Randolph with 1:18 left in the game … Head to Head Competition -- CB Alphonso Smith.

Virginia Tech … Caught four passes for 52 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown on a second quarter pass from QB Quinton Porter that capped an 8-play, 80-yard drive … Also gained 99 yards on four kickoff returns and finished with 151 all-purpose yards … Head to Head Competition -- CB Roland Minor.

North Carolina … Added 78 yards on eight receptions, 33 yards on two punt returns and 12 yards on a kickoff return … Head to Head Competition -- CB Cedrick Holt.

North Carolina State … Caught three passes for 151 yards with a career-long 61-yarder … Had two kickoff returns for 67 yards, totaling 218 all-purpose yards for the day … Head to Head Competition -- CB A.J. Davis.

Maryland … Caught three passes for 50 yards and returned two kickoffs for 33 yards … Head to Head Competition -- CB Josh Wilson.

Boise State (MPC Computers Bowl) … Closed his career with five receptions for 144 yards and a 35-yard touchdown, but also fumbled once … Had a 31-yard kickoff return and a 7-yard punt return to generate 182 all-purpose yards … Head to Head Competition -- CB Warren Seuss.

2004 Season

All-Big East Conference second-team selection … Shared left cornerback duties with DeJuan Tribble, starting the first seven and final two games … Recorded 46 tackles (30 solos) and caused a fumble … Intercepted three passes and deflected three others … Was the nation's eighth-ranked kickoff returner with a 27.2-yard average … Only DeJuan Daniels (27.5 avg, 1999) and Dave Bennett (27.5 avg, 1968) had a better season average in school history … Returned 28 kickoffs for 762 yards, the third-highest yardage total on BC's single-season list, topped only by Blackmon's 2003 total of 922 yards and Tim Frager's 842 in 1989 … Added 92 yards on eight punt returns (11.5 avg) … Returned a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns, becoming the first player in school history to accomplish that feat in the same season.

2004 Game Analysis

Ball State … Opened the season with eight tackles (6 solos) as the secondary allowed 147 yards … Six of his stops came in run support … Added 105 yards on a pair of kickoff returns, including 96-yard touchdown with 1:46 left in the first half … Had four punt returns for 37 yards, including an 11-yarder in the first quarter that set up a 16-yard scoring pass from QB Paul Peterson to Chris Miller … His 10-yard punt return at the start of the third quarter set up a 5-yard touchdown run by L.V. Whitworth … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Dante Ridgeway-Eight catches for 47 yards.

Penn State … Intercepted off a pass, deflected another and posted seven tackles (3 solos), including one on a fourth-down play … Added another tackle on special teams … Fumbled the ball on a second quarter 3-yard punt return, but BC got the ball back when PSU was penalized 15 yards for kick catching interference … Had a 26-yard kickoff return that started a third quarter drive that was capped by Paul Peterson's 2-yard touchdown toss to Mark Palmer … Intercepted a Zack Mills pass in the fourth quarter for a 5-yard loss … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Gerald Smith-Five catches for 74 yards.

Connecticut … Followed with two tackles, but fumbled a third quarter punt that was recovered by the Huskies' Justin Perkins at midfield … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Keron Henry-Four catches for 21 yards.

Wake Forest … Collected six tackles (3 solos) with a 14-yard interception return, a pass deflection and a forced fumble … Gained 48 yards on two kickoff returns and 72 yards on four punt returns … In the second quarter on a third-and-9 play, QB Cory Randolph hit Chris Davis with an 18-yard pass, but Blackmon caused the receiver to fumble on the tackle. The ball was recovered by Wake Forest, which settled for a 33-yard field goal … Blackmon killed another third quarter scoring drive when he deflected a third-and-9 pass thrown by Randolph that was intended for Davis … At the end of the third quarter, Blackmon intercepted a Ben Mauk pass at the BC 34 and returned the ball 14 yards … His 40-yard punt return in the fourth quarter set up an 11-yard touchdown run by A.J. Brooks … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Nate Morton-One catch for 12 yards.

Massachusetts … Made three tackles (2 solos) and batted away a pass … Had a 36-yard kickoff return on the game's opening drive, and Massachusetts was penalized 15 yards for hitting Blackmon went he went out of bounds, setting up a 1-yard touchdown run by A.J. Brooks … His 19-yard punt return in the second quarter set up a 35-yard scoring pass by Paul Peterson to Kevin Challenger … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Jason Peebler-Five catches for 70 yards.

Pittsburgh … Added three tackles with three kickoff returns for 103 yards, including a 60-yarder midway through the third quarter that set up Paul Peterson's 8-yard scoring pass to Joel Hazard … Stopped a fourth quarter scoring drive when he tackled Joe Delsardo after an 8-yard catch of a third-and-9 pass thrown by Tyler Palko … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Greg Lee-Three catches for 62 yards.

Notre Dame … Did not record any tackles, but gained 64 yards on four kickoff returns … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Rhema McKnight-Five catches for 78 yards.

Rutgers … Came off the bench, making two solo tackles … Penalized 10 yards for a personal foul (flagrant hit) on a 39-yard pass from Ryan Hart to Brian Leonard late in the first quarter, setting up Hart's 5-yard touchdown run … Made up for that miscue by intercepting a pass from Hart in the fourth quarter … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Chris Baker-One catch for 9 yards.

West Virginia … Delivered four tackles (3 solos) in a reserve role … Had two kickoff returns for 61 yards … Midway through the fourth quarter, Blackmon returned a punt 71 yards for a touchdown … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- Miquelle Henderson-Three catches for 16 yards.

Temple … Fumbled once on two punt returns for minus-5 yards, gained 59 yards on three kickoff returns and was in on three tackles while seeing reserve action … Fumbled a punt after the game's opening drive, but recovered the ball for an 8-yard loss … Was beat in the corner of the end zone by Buchie Ibeh for a 20-yard touchdown reception on a pass thrown by Walter Washington in the third quarter … Made up for it by returning a kickoff 44 yards in the fourth quarter to set up a 39-yard scoring run by L.V. Whitworth … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Buchie Ibeh-Four catches for 88 yards and a touchdown.

Syracuse … Returned to the starting lineup with four solo tackles … Gained 70 yards on four kickoff returns, but fumbled on an 11-yard kickoff return in the third quarter. BC held on to the ball when it rolled out of bounds … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Steve Gregory-Three catches for 53 yards.

North Carolina (Continental Tire Bowl) … Had four solo tackles and gained 165 yards on five kickoff returns, including a 56-yarder midway through the second quarter … Was beaten by Derrele Mitchell for a 51-yard touchdown on a late second quarter pass thrown by QB Darian Durant … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Derrele Mitchell-Seven catches for 116 yards and a touchdown.

2003 Season

Started every game at left cornerback, ranking seventh on the team with 64 tackles (50 solos), including two stops for losses of 3 yards … Recovered and caused a fumble … Had 10 pass deflections and four interceptions for 21 yards in returns … Returned 36 kickoffs for 922 yards (25.6 avg), breaking the school single-season record of 842 yards by Tim Frager in 1989 … Added 92 yards on eight punt returns (11.5 avg).

2003 Game Analysis

Wake Forest … Had three tackles, returned three punts for 28 yards and had 104 yards on four kickoff returns, but turned the ball over on a fumble during a 40-yard kickoff return …

Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Jason Anderson-Two catches for 17 yards.

Penn State … Posted three solo tackles and deflected three passes … Gained 25 yards on two punt returns and 45 yards on a pair of kickoff returns … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Kinta Palmer-Two catches for 26 yards.

Connecticut … Registered a career-high 14 tackles (9 solos) with two pass deflections and a pair of interceptions for 20 yards in returns … Returned a kickoff 47 yards in the first quarter to set up Horace Dodd's 8-yard touchdown run … Recovered a fumble by BC tight end Dave Kashetta on a third quarter kickoff return … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Keron Henry-Two catches for 34 yards.

Miami … Followed with four solo tackles and returned three kickoffs for 62 yards … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Ryan Moore-Two catches for 28 yards.

Ball State … Credited with four tackles (3 solos) and totaled 69 yards on three kickoff returns … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Dante Ridgeway-Six catches for 95 yards and touchdowns of 7 and 44 yards.

Temple … Produced three tackles (2 solos) with a pair of pass deflections … On the Owls' opening drive of the first quarter, Blackmon intercepted a Mike McGann pass to set up QB Quinton Porter's 16-yard touchdown strike to Grant Adams … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Zamir Cobb-Six catches for 44 yards.

Syracuse … Held to two tackles and gave up a pair of touchdown catches, but returned five kickoffs for 76 yards … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Johnnie Morant-Two catches for 62 yards and touchdowns of 52 and 10 yards.

Notre Dame … Bounced back with six tackles (5 solos), including one that was good for a 1-yard loss … Totaled 95 yards on three kickoff returns … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Maurice Stovall-Three catches for 80 yards and a 23-yard touchdown.

Pittsburgh … Posted nine tackles (8 solos) with a stop for a 2-yard loss and deflected a pass, but was taken to the woodshed by All-America receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who torched Blackmon for 156 yards and a 35-yard touchdown on seven receptions.

West Virginia … Managed only two assisted tackles … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Rayshawn Bolden-No catches.

Rutgers … Added two solo tackles and returned four kickoffs for 96 yards, but gave up a touchdown catch for fifth time in five games … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Tres Moses-Three catches for 90 yards and a 65-yard touchdown.

Virginia Tech … Bounced back with one of his best performances of 2003, delivering four solo tackles and causing a fumble that he recovered on a pass thrown to Ernest Wilford from QB Bryan Randall on the game's first play from scrimmage, setting up a 25-yard field goal by BC's Sandy Sciortino … Also deflected a pass and gained 124 yards on four kickoff returns, adding 16 yards on a punt return … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Chris Shreve-No catches.

Colorado State (San Francisco Bowl) … Had eight tackles and intercepted a Bradlee Van Pelt pass … Had a pair of kickoff returns for 82 yards, including a 59-yarder, and gained 16 yards on a punt return … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR/CB Dexter Wynn-Three catches for 32 yards.

2002 Season

One of four Eagle true freshmen to see playing time in 2002 … Appeared in 11 games as a reserve cornerback … Recorded 29 tackles (22 solos) with a pass deflection … Had a 29-yard interception return, caused a fumble and recovered another … Returned 28 kickoffs for 630 yards (22.5 avg) … Added 29 yards on four punt returns (7.2 avg).

2002 Game Analysis

Stanford … Made his collegiate debut with 114 yards on four kickoff returns with a long of 56 yards.

Central Michigan … Had a season-long 30-yard punt return.

Virginia Tech … Registered five tackles (2 solos) and returned four kickoffs for 162 yards, including an 83-yarder.

Navy … Made four solo tackles, caused a fumble and returned two kickoffs for 64 yards.

Notre Dame … Added four solo hits and 40 yards on two kickoff returns.

West Virginia … Totaled a season-high six tackles (5 solos).

Toledo (Motor City Bowl) … Returned four kickoffs for 103 yards, including a 32-yarder, and also snagged an interception and returned it 29 yards … Finished the game with five solo tackles.

Injury Report

2005: Suffered a left shoulder contusion in the first quarter vs. Army (9/10).

2002: Sat out the Syracuse game (11/16) with a left thigh bruise.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.56 in the 40-yard dash … 4.5 in the 40-yard dash (indoor rubber surface) … 250 bench press … 33-inch arm length … 8 7/8-inch hands … Right-handed.

Combine: 4.45-second 40-yard dash. … 41-inch vertical jump. … 11'01" broad jump. … Did not participate in the 225-pound bench press.

High School

Attended Bishop Hendricken (Warwick, R.I.) High School, playing football for head coach Ron Mosca … Earned All-America first-team honors from USA Today, ESPN.com, Super Prep and Prep Stars as a senior … Selected as the top player in New England by both Super Prep and Prep Stars … Earned Gatorade Rhode Island Player of the Year accolades as a senior defensive back/running back … Two-time All-State and three-time All-City choice …

Led the Hawks to a 9-3 record in 2001, as he rushed for 1,618 yards and 24 touchdowns and also registered 310 receiving yards … Defensively, he made 100 tackles and three interceptions as a senior … Intercepted 13 passes in his final three years … Starred in the annual U.S. Army All-America football all-star game that was played in Alamo Stadium in San Antonio, Texas, in January, 2002, registering four tackles, recovering two fumbles and returning an interception 32 yards … Also excelled in basketball and track, winning the 100 meters in the Rhode Island state meet (10.87).

Personal

English major, enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences … Recipient of the 2005-06 Joan S. and Thomas J. Giblin Athletic Scholarship … Son of Wayne Blackmon … Older brother, Leon Correy, is a 2000 Boston College graduate … Born 10/27/84 … Resides in Warwick, Rhode Island.

 
 

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