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Name: Reed Blankenship (+) Coming off Oct 2019 Ankle INJ/Out for 2019
College: Middle Tennessee     Number: 12
Height: 6-1   Weight: 200
Position: SS  Pos2: FS
Class/Draft Year: rSr/2022

40 Low: 4.44
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  40 High: 4.63
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 Data Scout Notes: 2020: NAC...P1stC/PNagurski/PBednarik/PThorpe...2019: 2ndC...(+) Oct 2019 Ankle INJ/Out for 2019...P2ndDS/PThorpe/PBednarik/P1stC...2nd team All-CUSA w/58 TT, 0.5 TFL, 2 INT, 3 PBU, QBH, FR, FF, 2 BLK in 7 gms in '19. 1st team All-CUSA w/107 TT, 8 TFL, SCK, 4 INT/returned one for a TD, 7 PBU, QBH in 12 sts, 13 gms, DNP vs Georgia due to hamstring injury vs UT Martin, played 1 snap vs UAB due to leg injury in '18. HM All-CUSA FS, CUSA All-Freshman Team w/68 TT, 7 TFL, SCK, 2 INT, 3 QBH, 6-69-11.5-0 PR in 13 gms in '17.

 Reed Blankenship, Middle Tennessee, Player News


  Middle Tennessee State's football season is officially over. In Conference USA's adjusted schedule announced Saturday, MTSU was not included in any make-up games. The Blue Raiders finish the season 3-6 overall and 2-4 in the conference. "It has been a very long and challenging season and we felt it was time for the players to go home and be with family," MTSU athletic director Chris Massaro said in a school release. "There's not a book on how to navigate a virus in college football so we were all experiencing it for the first time and learning as we went. All involved deserve a lot of credit. "However, our overall record was not to our expectations and standards. All efforts in our football program will now point to focusing on the 2021 football season." MTSU had its last two games against FAU last week and UAB on Sunday canceled due to contract-tracing and an increase of COVID cases within the program. The Blue Raiders' home game against Charlotte was also postponed due to an increase in COVID cases with the 49ers. - Daily News Journal

(DS#14 SS) rSr/2022 SS Reed BlankenshipMiddle Tennessee
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  It's hard to imagine a year much more trying than what Reed Blankenship has gone through. Middle Tennessee's star senior safety suffered a gruesome broken leg in the team's seventh game of the 2019 season against North Texas. Then, after having surgery and rehabbing, the COVID-19 pandemic threw multiple wrenches into his preparation for the 2020 campaign. Now, he's gearing up for a rematch with North Texas almost a year to the day after the injury. To say the matchup is bringing about added emotions is almost an understatement. "I think I have something to prove, especially after coming back from that," Blankenship said. "It's pretty special to me, so I'm just trying to grind as much as I can this week so I'm ready."

Blankenship was having a banner junior season until the injury. In seven games, he recorded 58 tackles, two interceptions, three pass breakups, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble, as well as two blocked kicks. Even without playing the last five games, he still did enough to earn All-Conference-USA Second Team honors, the third year in a row he was named all-conference, adding to an honorable mention nod as a freshman and first team as a sophomore. He was drawing the interest of NFL scouts from around the league until the injury, which was bad enough that a weaker man might've hung up his cleats. - Middle Tennessee Football


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  Middle Tennessee head coach Rick Stockstill announced Thursday the permanent captains for the Blue Raiders in 2020. Safety Reed Blankenship, defensive tackle Jordan Ferguson, wide receiver Jarrin Pierce and linebacker DQ Thomas, were honored as the 15th group of permanent captains in the FBS era at Middle Tennessee. The team voted on the four captains, and Coach Stockstill made the announcement during a team meeting this week. - Middle Tennessee Football

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  2021 SENIOR BOWL WATCH LIST: Reed Blankenship, Middle Tennessee,...Inclusion on the list is just the latest for Blankenship, who this preseason has also been named to the watch lists for the Bednarik Award and Jim Thorpe Award and to Bruce Feldman's "Freak" list. The safety from Athens, Alabama was named to the All-Conference-USA Second Team in 2019, the First Team in 2018 and Honorable Mention in 2017, as well as the C-USA All-Freshman Team. - Middle Tennessee Football

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  In his four seasons at MT, Shafer has made it a point to bring in defensive backs who can alternate between every position, from safety to corner and even nickel corner. That might be even more important this year with uncertainty surrounding the pandemic and players coming in and out of the lineup. "I feel like we're going to be more than two deep at every position," redshirt sophomore Decorian Patterson said. "We feel really good about it." The Blue Raiders will have a talented group of safeties led by Preseason All-Conference USA member Reed Blankenship and fellow senior Kylan Stribling.

Both are coming off injuries, but, when in the lineup, will be one of the most talented safety duos in the league. Blankenship owns 233 career tackles, 15.5 TFLs, 18 pass breakups, eight interceptions and two blocked kicks. He's been on the All-C-USA First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention in his career, as well as the All-Freshman Team in 2017. He missed the last five games of 2019 with an injury. "When you have a special player like Reed coming back, it's always great to have him playing alongside you," Stribling said. "It's great to have another smart player out there to check adjustments and stuff." - Middle Tennessee Football


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  2020 PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE USA TEAM (COACHES): DB Reed Blankenship, Sr., Middle Tennessee,...Blankenship earned second team all-conference recognition last year despite missing the final five games of the season with an injury. Blankenship, who ranked tied for first nationally in blocked kicks with two, was fourth on the team in tackles with 58 to go with two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. A team captain in 2019, Blankenship owns 233 career tackles, 15.5 TFLs, 18 pass breakups, eight interceptions and two blocked kicks. - Middle Tennessee Football

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  2020 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: DB Reed Blakenship, Middle Tennessee,...A team captain in 2019, Blankenship owns 233 career tackles, 15.5 TFLs, 18 pass breakups, eight interceptions and two blocked kicks. - Middle Tennessee Football

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  2020 PAYCOM JIM THORPE AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Reed Blankenship, Middle Tennessee, Sr.,...Blankenship earned second team all-conference recognition last year despite missing the final five games of the season with an injury. Blankenship, who ranked tied for first nationally in blocked kicks with two, was fourth on the team in tackles with 58 to go with two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. A team captain in 2019, Blankenship owns 233 career tackles, 15.5 TFLs, 18 pass breakups, eight interceptions and two blocked kicks. - Middle Tennessee Football

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  2020 PRESEASON BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: S Reed Blankenship, Middle Tennessee,...Blankenship earned second team all-conference recognition last year despite missing the final five games of the season with an injury. Blankenship, who ranked tied for first nationally in blocked kicks with two, was fourth on the team in tackles with 58 to go with two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. - Middle Tennessee Football

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  Perennial all-conference performer Reed Blankenship was well on his way to another All-Conference USA First Team selection before suffering a broken leg against North Texas in the team's seventh game, costing him the remaining five contests. Then, after filling in admirably for Blankenship for the last five games, Kylan Stribling was forced to undergo knee and shoulder surgeries this offseason. The seniors are slated to start alongside each other in 2020 - Stribling will likely fill the void at strong safety left by all-time great Jovante Moffatt - and while this offseason has been strange because of the COVID-19 pandemic, both have rehabbed well.

"I am 100 percent confident that I am as good as new," Blankenship said in a recent feature on goblueraiders.com. "As far as where I am, I guess that will be determined when I get back on the field in a game situation." Blankenship and Stribling might get the starting nods when the Blue Raiders take the field against Duke for the season opener Sept. 5, but expect to see more names from the group on the field. - Daily News Journal


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  Reed Blankenship thought he had lost much more than the rest of his junior season when he suffered a broken left leg during a Conference USA showdown at North Texas six games into the football season last October. The all-conference safety and captain thought he had lost his voice within the team. "It was the first time I had been injured like that and out for the rest of the season. It took a toll from a mental aspect," Blankenship said. "I felt helpless. Not being out there was tough. I felt like I couldn't speak my mind. I felt like I didn't have a voice anymore. It was like I was on the outside looking in and it was one of the toughest things I had experienced."

Of course, players don't generally lose their positions or stature within the framework of the team due to injury. Captains don't lose their influence so easily. "Reed is a captain and he felt like he needed to be out there with his teammates but he soon learned that being a captain isn't just what you do on the field," said Rick Stockstill, head coach of the Blue Raider football team. "He was named a captain because of the example he set on the field, off the field, in the locker room, the classroom. Just the way he leads in every area of his life." - Middle Tennessee Football


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  2019 ALL-CONFERENCE USA SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB Reed Blankenship, Jr., Middle Tennessee,...Junior safety Reed Blankenship earned second team recognition despite missing the final five games of the season with an injury. Blankenship, who ranked tied for first nationally in blocked kicks with two, was fourth on the team in tackles with 58 to go with two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. - Middle Tennessee Football

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  WEEK 2 C-USA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Middle Tennessee junior S Reed Blankenship single-handedly created both of Tennessee State's turnovers in Middle Tennessee's 45-26 home opening win. In addition to a pair of interceptions, Blankenship led all tacklers with nine total tackles, including seven solo takedowns. With the Tigers at fourth and goal on their first drive, Blankenship maintained coverage on a trick play and came down with the jump ball to give MT the ball.

In the second quarter, TSU drove down the field, but Blankenship read the quarterback and made another athletic play in the end zone to intercept a second Tiger pass. The Athens, Alabama native now has eight career interceptions, two shy of being tied for eighth-most in program history. The win over Tennessee State was his second career game with multiple interceptions, with the first coming in last year's New Orleans Bowl. - Conference USA Football


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  2019 PRESEASON PHIL STEELE/DRAFT SCOUT FBS G5 SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: Reed Blakenship, Middle Tennessee State, Jr.,...Blankenship is coming off a career year where he earned first team all-conference honors after leading the Blue Raiders with 107 total tackles. The junior also had 8.0 TFLs, four interceptions and seven pass breakups. His four interceptions ranked 16th nationally. - Middle Tennessee Football

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  Middle Tennessee head coach Rick Stockstill announced Sunday the permanent captains for the Blue Raiders in 2019. Safety Reed Blankenship, linebacker Khalil Brooks, defensive tackle Malik Manciel, safety Jovante Moffatt and running back Terelle West, were honored as the 14th group of permanent captains in the FBS era at Middle Tennessee. The team voted on the five captains, and Coach Stockstill made the announcement during a team meeting Saturday morning.

"This is the ultimate honor when your teammates make you a permanent captain for the season," said Stockstill. "These five guys have meant a lot to this program and all are very deserving. It's not just your play on the field but the way you conduct yourself off the field and how you lead and push your teammates. When your peers give you a vote for the way you practice every day and compete on the field and in the classroom there is not a better honor out there." - MTSU Football


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  2019 PRESEASON PAYCOM JIM THORPE AWARD WATCH LIST: Reed Blankenship, Middle Tennessee, Jr.,...Blankenship, out of Athens, AL, is coming off a career year where he earned first team all-conference honors after leading the Blue Raiders with 107 total tackles. The junior also had 8.0 TFLs, four interceptions and seven pass breakups. His four interceptions ranked 16th nationally.

In October last year at Old Dominion, Blankenship made national headlines after returning an interception 100 yards for a touchdown. He also added 17 tackles (9 solos), a sack, and 3.0 TFL's to earn the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week award. He is also on the Bednarik Award Watch List and was selected Preseason All-Conference USA. - Middle Tennessee Football


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  2019 PRESEASON BEDNARIK AWARD CANDIDATE: S Reed Blankenship, Middle Tennessee,...Blankenship, out of Athens, AL, is coming off a career year where he earned first team all-conference honors after leading the Blue Raiders with 107 total tackles. The junior also had 8.0 TFLs, four interceptions and seven pass breakups. His four interceptions ranked 16th nationally.

In October last year at Old Dominion, Blankenship made national headlines after returning an interception 100 yards for a touchdown. He also added 17 tackles (9 solos), a sack, and 3.0 TFL's to earn the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week award. - Middle Tennessee Football


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  2019 PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE USA (COACHES): DB Reed Blankenship, Jr., Middle Tennessee,...Blankenship, out of Athens, AL, is coming off a career year where he earned first team all-conference honors after leading the Blue Raiders with 107 total tackles. The junior also had 8.0 TFLs, four interceptions and seven pass breakups. His four interceptions ranked 16th nationally. Earlier today, Blankenship was also voted to the Bednarik Award Watch List. - Middle Tennessee Football

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