Career Honors: 2008: All-Big 12 Honorable Mention, KU Defensive Player of the Week vs. Texas. 2005: KU Defensive Scout Player of the Year.
2008 (Jr.): Named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention after a solid season in the interior of the KU defensive line… A second-year starter at defensive tackle… Started 10 games on the year… Had 22 tackles on the season… Started the year with a career-best six tackles against Florida International… Had four stops against Texas.
07 (So.): Started all 13 games at defensive tackle… Made 13 tackles on the season, including two for loss… Had a sack against Nebraska… Broke up one pass on the season… Best statistical games were three tackles vs. Florida International and at Texas A&M… Had two tackles vs. Toledo and Iowa State.
2006 (Fr.): Played in all 12 games… Finished the year with five total tackles, including two solo stops and three assists… Recorded a quarterback sack against Iowa State… Forced a fumble during KU[apos]s win at Iowa State and recovered a fumble against Texas A&M.
2005 (RS): Redshirted… Was co-winner of the George Mrkonic Award, given annually to KU[apos]s Scout Team Defensive Player of the Year.
High School: Ranked the top collegiate football prospect in the state of Kansas by Rivals.com… Was named all-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 Cyclones 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, 6 3/4 inches at the state meet in the shot put… Was a two-time state champion in the shot put.
Personal: Born in Ottawa, Kan… Majoring in sports and fitness management… Hobbies include going to the lake, fishing and watching movies… Son of Gregory and Patricia Blakesley… Has two brothers.
Up Close: Favorite Athlete – Jared Allen, Favorite Activity Other Than Football – Being at the lake, Post-College Dream (other than NFL) – Working with kids and sports, Football is… An adrenaline rush.