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Robert Blanton
SS #36
Height:
6-1
Weight:
200
College:
Notre Dame
Hometown:
Matthews, NC
Experience:
4
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 63 217 151 66 0 0 5 1 0 1 -- 1
2016 BUF 3 4 4 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2015 MIN 16 34 28 6 0 -- 3 -- -- -- -- --
2014 MIN 15 106 72 34 0 -- 2 1 0 1 1 1
2013 MIN 16 60 37 23 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2012 MIN 13 13 10 3 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
Kick Return
YearTeamGRetYdsAvgLngTD20+40+FCFUM
TOTAL 63 1 27 27 27 0 1 0 0 0
2016 BUF 3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 MIN 16 1 27 27 27 0 1 0 0 0
2014 MIN 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2013 MIN 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 MIN 13 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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BIOGRAPHY

2015 GP/GS          Career GP/GS      Playoffs GP/GS

 16/1                          60/17                           2/0

• Started 13 games at safety in 2014 and recorded 111 tackles.

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

OFF THE FIELD Currently enrolled the executive MBA program at the University of Miami taking classes during the offseason with an expected graduation in 2016...Graduated from the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame with degree in finance…Was a 1st LT 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 while his father served in US Air Force.

2015 GP/GS          Career GP/GS      Playoffs GP/GS

 16/1                          60/17                           2/0

• Started 13 games at safety in 2014 and recorded 111 tackles.

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

OFF THE FIELD Currently enrolled the executive MBA program at the University of Miami taking classes during the offseason with an expected graduation in 2016...Graduated from the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame with degree in finance…Was a 1st LT 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 while his father served in US Air Force.

PRO Started a career-high 13 games and appeared in 15 in 2014...Played in all 16 games while starting 3 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 as a rookie in 2012, primarily as a special teams contributor...Played most of game at S in place of Smith after his ejection vs. Tennessee (10/7/12)...Selected in 5th round (#139 overall) in 2012…Joined former college teammate Smith in the Vikings 2012 draft class, the 1st ND pair to be drafted by the Vikings in the same year in team history.

2015 Appeared in all 16 games and posted 9 ST tackles…Started at Denver (10/4) and posted 6 tackles…Led the Vikings defense with a season-best 9 tackles, including a season-high 7 solo stops against Seattle (12/6) after replacing Harrison Smith early in the contest…Against NY Giants (12/27), returned his 1st-career kickoff return, snaring an onside attempt and returning it 27 yards…Added 3 ST tackles (2 solo) in the Vikings 49-17 win.

2014 Started 13 games and appeared in 15 totaling 111 tackles for the NFL’s 7th-ranked pass defense...Ranked 3rd on team with 111 tackles...Tied his career-high with 14 tackles in the OT victory vs. NY Jets (12/7)...Snagged his 1st career INT against Kyle Orton and also added his 1st career FR at Buffalo (10/19)...Had 3 games with 10+ tackles.

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)...Tied for 2nd-most tackles in a game by a Vikings DB in 2013 with his 14 stops against Detroit, trailing only Andrew Sendejo’s 17 tackles vs. Washington.

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 Smith was ejected from the game.

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…Had 70 tackles as a senior…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 2010 Sun Bowl…Started final 4 games as a freshman.

PREP Named 1st-Team All State in 2006 and 2007 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…Standout in basketball and track, surpassing 21 feet in the long jump and 6’10’’ in the high jump.