Bailey-Smith & Blanchflower Honored By College Football Performance Awards
Oct. 29, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - After a pair of exceptional performances against Western Michigan last Saturday, sophomore defensive back Khary Bailey-Smith and redshirt senior tight end Rob Blanchflower were each honored by the College Football Performance Awards on Monday. Bailey-Smith was named the National Kick-Off Returner Of The Week, while Blanchflower was named an Honorable Mention National Tight End of the Week.
A native of Weymouth, Mass., Bailey-Smith returned the game's opening kick-off 90 yards for a touchdown in Saturday's 31-30 loss to Western Michigan. Not only was the kick return for six his first-ever touchdown return, but it was his first-ever kick-off return at UMass. He added one additional return in the game giving him 114 kick-off return yards. On defense, he added five tackles.
For the year, Bailey-Smith has 25 tackles in eight games played along with two interceptions - both in the win over Miami (Ohio).
Offensively, it was Blanchflower who turned in another great day receiving at Gillette where he had a career-best 131 yards on seven catches and a touchdown. He had a highlight-reel-worthy 55-yard catch-and-run in the second quarter which set-up his six-yard touchdown reception giving the Minutemen the lead at halftime. Blanchflower was critical in UMass' ability to keep drives alive on Saturday with five of his seven catches resulting in first downs.
He now has 104 career catches for 1,138 yards leaving him just 14 yards shy of surpassing Milt Morin's school-record for tight ends of 1,151 receiving yards. The 100-yard receiving game was Blanchflower's first of the season and the second of his career. He now boasts the 16th most receiving yards for a career in program history and ranks 9th overall at UMass in career receptions.
UMass will return to action on Saturday when No. 21 Northern Illinois visits Gillette Stadium for a Noon kick-off.