Junior nickelback is lone Big 12 player on list of 16 athletes up for defensive honor.
Junior NB honored for performance against Oklahoma State.
Junior NB recognized with national defensive honor for performance against Oklahoma State.
Senior QB named league's top offensive player for the week, while junior NB wins defensive honor.
Corey Coleman had two touchdown catches, his sixth consecutive game with multiple scores.
The Bears face Kansas, on October 15, 2016.
Sept. 24, 2016
Fourth-year junior and returning All-Big 12 honoree… Second-year starter at “Bear”/nickelback… Quick, rangy, playmaker at hybrid linebacker/safety position… Projected 2016 All-Big 12 by Phil Steele (second team) and Athlon (third team)... Vertical jump measured at 37.4… Clocked at 6.89 in 3-cone drill.
2015 (Sophomore): Starting nickelback in all 13 games, earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from league coaches as sophomore… Also named second-team All-Big 12 by San Antonio Express-News… Led Big 12 (tied) and 13th nationally with .31 forced fumbles-per-game… Tied for fourth in league with two fumbles recovered… Ranked 20th in conference with 6.5 tackles-per-game… Totaled 83 tackles (65 solo), 7.5 tackles for loss of 33 yards, two sacks (-17 yards), six breakups, two interceptions, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one hurry and one blocked punt on season… Made first career start and totaled eight tackles (six solo, including one for loss) in season-opening win at SMU… Had two PBUs and three solo stops (one TFL) in win over Lamar in second game… Made seven tackles, forced and recovered fumble and added PBU in win over Rice in third game… Had interception, forced fumble and four solo tackles (one TFL) in win vs. Texas Tech in fourth game… Made nine stops in win over West Virginia in sixth game… Had 10 tackles (eight solo), fumble recovery and blocked a first-quarter punt in win over Iowa State in seventh game… Posted season-highs of 14 tackles, 13 solo tackles, three TFL (-16 yards), added career-first sack (-8 yards), interception and QB hurry vs. No. 12 Oklahoma in ninth game… Made seven tackles and sack (-9 yards) in win at No. 4 Oklahoma State… Made three stops in win over No. 10 North Carolina in Russell Athletic Bowl.
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, kinesiology and leisure studies.