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Robert Blanton
S #36
Height:
6-1
Weight:
200
Age:
25
College:
Notre Dame
Hometown:
Matthews, NC
Experience:
3

Quick Stats (2014):

TCKL
24
SCK
0.0
FF
0
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 97 64 33 0.0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 0 0 0
2014 MIN 3 3 24 17 7 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2013 MIN 16 3 60 37 23 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2012 MIN 13 0 13 10 3 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 @STL W 34-6 8 8 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 NE L 7-30 6 2 4 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 @NO L 9-20 10 7 3 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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BIOGRAPHY

GAMES/STARTS (regular season, playoffs) 2012 (13/0, 1/0-Minn), 2013 (16/3). Total- 29/3, 1/0.

• Led the Vikings with 19 special teams tackles in 2013.

• Joined former collegiate teammate Harrison Smith in Vikings backfield as rookies in 2012.

OFF THE FIELD Graduated from the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame with degree in finance…In high school, Blanton was a first lieutenant in Butler’s JROTC program…Volunteered as a coach for a youth football team in Mint Hill, NC…Spokesperson for Butler High’s D.R.E.A.M. Team and was recognized by the Carolina Panthers as a Panthers Community Captain during one of their games for his outstanding performance in the classroom and the community...Lived in Italy from 1996-2000 as his father served in Air Force.

GAMES/STARTS (regular season, playoffs) 2012 (13/0, 1/0-Minn), 2013 (16/3). Total- 29/3, 1/0.

• Led the Vikings with 19 special teams tackles in 2013.

• Joined former collegiate teammate Harrison Smith in Vikings backfield as rookies in 2012.

OFF THE FIELD Graduated from the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame with degree in finance…In high school, Blanton was a first lieutenant in Butler’s JROTC program…Volunteered as a coach for a youth football team in Mint Hill, NC…Spokesperson for Butler High’s D.R.E.A.M. Team and was recognized by the Carolina Panthers as a Panthers Community Captain during one of their games for his outstanding performance in the classroom and the community...Lived in Italy from 1996-2000 as his father served in Air Force.

PRO Played in all 16 games while starting 3 during his sophomore campaign in 2013...Made 1st career start at Baltimore (12/8/13)...Led the Vikings in special teams tackles in 2013 with 19...Saw action in 13 games and Wild Card playoff game, primarily as a special teams stalwart in 2012...Played most of game at S in place of Smith after his ejection vs. Tennessee (10/7/12)...Selected #139 overall…Joins former college teammate Harrison Smith in the Vikings 2012 draft class, the 1st ND pair to be drafted by the Vikings in the same year in team history.

2013 Played in all 16 games while starting 3...Played a key role on special teams and led the Vikings in special teams tackles with 19...Earned his 1st career start at Baltimore (12/8)...Started and set a career high in tackles with 14 vs. Detroit (12/29)...Recorded a career-high with 3 special teams tackles at Chicago (9/15/13).

2012 Saw action in 13 games and the Wild Card playoff game at Green Bay (1/5/13)...Notched season-high with 5 tackles vs. Tennessee (10/7), playing the majority of the game after fellow S Harrison Smith was ejected from the game...Had season-high 2 special teams tackles at Chicago (11/25) and at St. Louis (12/16).

COLLEGE Appeared in 50 consecutive games at Notre Dame, making 26 starts…Missed only the Week 1 game as a freshman in 2008…Totaled 193 career tackles with 19 TFLs, 16 pass breakups and 8 INTs…Recorded a career-high 70 tackles as a senior in 2011…His 8 TFLs in 2011 were the most by a DB since the 1999 season…Blocked a Utah punt on 11/13/10 and returned it 8 yards for a TD, the 1st ND player to block a punt for a TD since 2008…Had 2 career TDs at Notre Dame; the 1st was a 47-yard INT return vs. Purdue on 9/27/08…Led ND with 9 tackles and 1 INT vs. Miami in the Hyundai Sun Bowl on 12/31/10…Made his way into the starting lineup for the final 4 games as a freshman.

PREP Named 1st-Team All State in 2006 and 2007 by North Carolina Associated Press and by the Charlotte Observer for his play at Butler High School in Matthews, NC…2007 Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Observer…Blocked 6 kicks as a senior and added 94 tackles and 5 INTs…Named 2nd-Team All State in 2005 after posting 126 tackles, 6 INTs, 6 FFs, 6 blocked kicks and 10 PBUs…Standout in basketball and track, surpassing 21 feet in the long jump and 6’10’’ in the high jump.

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