The Bears went through a 45-minute scrimmage, prior to Meet the Bears event.
Third-year sophomore... Listed as starting “Bear”/nickelback on post-spring depth chart, praised by coaching staff for his performance during the spring… Played 13 games as freshman reserve safety/dime back and on special teams… Vertical jump measured at 37.4… Clocked at 6.89 in 3-cone drill.
2014 (Redshirt Freshman): Played all 13 games as redshirt freshman during 2014 Big 12 championship season, as backup safety (and as extra DB in passing situations) as well as on special teams… Earned first collegiate letter… Totaled 31 tackles (20 solo, 2.5 for loss), one interception and one QB hurry on season… Recorded tackles in 12 of 13 games… Saw action at safety in season’s first 11 games, played only special teams in final two… Made four tackles (season-high three solo), including an assisted tackle-for-loss, in first career game – season-opening win over SMU… Had three stops in win vs. Northwestern State in second game… Made three tackles including one for loss of two yards in win at Buffalo in third game… Made QB hurry and had one tackle in win at Texas in fifth game… Recorded three solo tackles, including one for loss of four yards, in win vs. Kansas in eighth game… Made season-high five tackles in win at No. 16 Oklahoma in ninth game… Had four tackles in win vs. Oklahoma State in 10th game… Made first career interception in win vs. Texas Tech in 11th game, on TTU’s first drive of third quarter, led to BU scoring drive and 35-17 lead (also had two tackles)… Made two tackles on special teams in Cotton Bowl vs. No. 7 Michigan State.
2013 (True Freshman): Sat out first season at Baylor and participated on practice squad, redshirted to retain eligibility.
High School: Two-time all-state honoree from West Orange-Stark High School in Orange, Texas... Three-year starter at linebacker and defensive back under head coach Cornel Thompson at WO-S... National position rankings among linebackers: No. 37 by Scout.com, No. 37 by ESPN.com, No. 44 by Rivals.com... Rated No. 9 linebacker prospect in state of Texas and No. 82 overall recruit by Dallas Morning News/SportsDay... Ranked 53rd-best recruit in Texas by ESPN.com... Also listed on Texas top 100 listings by SuperPrep (No. 57), Rivals/Yahoo! Lonestar (No. 73) and Waco Tribune-Herald... Earned first-team 2012 3A All-State honors at DB after totaling 88 tackles, two interceptions, four passes defensed and one fumble recovery as senior... Led West Orange-Stark to 13-1 record and state quarterfinals in 2012... Earned 2012 first-team All-District 21-3A and first-team All-Orange Leader honors as safety... Named 2011 second-team Class 3A All-State as junior... Helped WO-SHS to 10-4 record and regional finals in 2011... Credited with 62 tackles, six tackles-for-loss and three and a half sacks in 2011... Earned first-team 2011 All-District 21-3A honors at linebacker... Starter on West Orange-Stark 2010 team that reached DII bi-district finals and finished 8-3.
Personal: Son of Geary and Kishia Blanchard... Full name is Garland Travon Blanchard... Born Dec. 20, 1994, in Orange, Texas... Brother, Jermaine, played football at Tulsa... Majoring in health, human performance and recreation studies.