As a freshman (2005): Redshirted ... Was named co-winner of the George Mrkonic Award, given annually to KU's Scout Team Defensive Player of the Yea.
High School: A graduate of Ottawa High School in Ottawa, Kan. ... Ranked the top collegiate football prospect in the state of Kansas by Rivals.com ... Was named All-Huron League after his sophomore and junior seasons ... Earned all-area honors by the Lawrence Journal World and Ottawa Herald after his junior campaign ... Earned a total of 11 varsity letters in football, basketball and track and field for the Cyclones ... Led the football team to the district championship in 2002 ... Helped the Tigers to a share of the league title as a junior ... Coached in football by Pat Boeh ... Broke the Class 5A record after his first toss of 63 feet, 63/4 inches at the state meet in the shot put ... Was the state champion in the shot pu.
Personal: Son of Gregory and Patricia Blakesley.