John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List addition (10/15) ... John Mackey Tight End of the Week (10/16) ... Team captain ... Did not play against No. 23 Wisconsin (8/31), Maine (9/7) or Kansas State (9/14) due to injury ... Returned against Vanderbilt (9/21) and hauled in seven catches for 42 yards ... Added three grabs totaling 16 yards at Bowling Green (10/5) ... Led all receivers with 98 yards on five receptions while recording the eventual game-winning touchdown as UMass defeated Miami (Ohio), 17-10 on Oct. 12 ... His 47-yard TD grab against the RedHawks stands as the longest reception of the redshirt-senior's career and pushed Blanchflower over 1,000 career receiving yards ... Made his 25th career start at tight end against Buffalo (10/19) ... Hauled in seven passes totaling a single-game career-high 131 yards while securing one touchdown against Western Michigan (10/26) ... Passed All-American Kerry Taylor for second all-time in receiving yards by a tight end at UMass against the Broncos, ending the game with 1,138 as a Minuteman ... Missed the game against #17/21 Northern Illinois (11/2) due to injury ... Returned against Akron (11/16) and caught five passes for 26 yards, including a TD grab ... Became the all-time UMass leader in receiving yards by a tight end against Akron.
Played and started in 10 games at tight end ... Caught 43 passes for 464 yards and two touchdowns on the season, averaging 46.4 yards per game ... Hauled in five passes for 50 yards, including a 20-yard grab, at Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 22 ... Made five receptions for 80 yards vs. Ohio (9/29) ... Did not play at Western Michigan (10/6) due to injury ... Helped UMass to its first win as an FBS program with six receptions totaling 64 yards at Akron (11/10) ... Produced 44 yards and a touchdown on four grabs against Buffalo (11/17) ... Had 10 catches for 100 yards and a touchdown against Central Michigan (11/23), earning him UMass Athlete of the Week honors.
Saw action in 11 games, starting eight ... Made 18 catches for 208 yards with one touchdown ... Averaged 11.6 yards per catch and 18.9 per game ... Ranked sixth on the squad in all-purpose yards (208) ... Had two receptions vs. James Madison (11/19), one of which went for a TD, and finished with a season-high 37 yards ... Logged two catches at Delaware (10/15) for 31 yards ... Made a season-high three catches vs. Central Connecticut (10/8) for a total of 34 yards.
Played all 11 games with four starts, making 21 catches for 179 yards with three touchdowns ... Caught a five-yard touchdown as part of three catches for 11 yards vs. #2 Delaware (11/13) ... Career-best five catches for a career-high 61 yards, with a 22 yard long reception against Maine (11/6) ... Career-high four catches for 23 yards at #15 James Madison (10/30) ... Set new career-highs with three catches for 31 yards vs. #10 New Hampshire (10/23) in Colonial Clash, scored second-career touchdown as he fell on a fumble in the end zone for a score ... One catch for 12 yards at Michigan (9/18) ... Career-best three catches for 17 yards at Holy Cross (9/11), scored first-career touchdown on a 3-yard reception ... First-career catch vs. William & Mary (9/4), for nine yards.
Redshirt the season and worked with the scout team as a tight end ... Enters 2010 with four years of eligibility remaining.
Played four seasons at St. John's High School in Shrewsbury, Mass., under coach John Andreoli ... Was a senior captain, playing defensive end and tight end ... Was named to the All-State Super-26 Football Team while also earning Central Mass DI North Defensive co-MVP and Telegram & Gazette Super Team All-Star honors as a senior ... Finished his senior season with 32 tackles and eight sacks on defense while adding two touchdowns on 110 receiving yards on offense ... Was an honor roll student at St. John's.
Robert J. Blanchflower ... Born June 8, 1990 ... Son of Robert and Elizabeth Blanchflower ... Has two siblings, Olivia and Kristina ... Is majoring in communication.
05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Steelers' picks: Round 7/230 - Rob Blanchflower, TE, 6-4, 256, Massachusetts...Blanchflower joins a crowded field of five tight ends, but the Steelers kept four on the roster last season so there is room for him to make the team. In Pittsburgh, tight ends must block first. - The Sports Xchange
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