Blanchflower To Play In Prestigious 2014 Reese's Senior Bowl
Dec. 23, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - As he prepares for this spring's NFL Draft, senior tight end Rob Blanchflower has accepted an invitation to take part in the 2014 Reese's Senior Bowl - one of the top postseason showcase events for collegiate football. This year's game will take place on Jan. 25, 2014 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. Kick-off is set for 4 PM (EST) and the game will be televised live on the NFL Network.
Blanchflower is the first Minuteman since Emil Igwenagu in 2012 to participate in the Senior Bowl. All-time, he is the seventh UMass player to be selected to play in the prestigious event: Milt Morin (1966), John Hulecki (1972), Ed McAleney (1976), James Files (1976), Vladimir Ducasse (2010), Emil Igwenagu (2012), and Blanchflower (2014).
Despite missing half the season due to injury, Blanchflower still maintained a veteran leadership role with the team during the course of the season as captain and was awarded the Vern Smith Leadership Award. A member of the Mackey Award Watch List and one of UMass' highly rated NFL draft prospects, Blanchflower ranked second on the team in receiving yards, catches and touchdowns. He broke Hall of Famer Milt Morin's UMass record for receiving yards by a tight end in the game against Akron and finished his career ranked 15th all-time at UMass with 1,164 yards. He also ranks 8th all-time in career receptions with 109.
Blanchflower is currently projected as a fourth-or-fifth round pick in the NFL Draft. Early in the year, he was rated by Gil Brandt as one of the top 5 senior tight ends in the country. Mel Kiper even spoke of Blanchflower during the season following his performance against Miami (Ohio).
According to NFLDraftScout.com, he is the eighth rated tight end available for the draft and the 159th ranked player overall. If he is drafted, he would follow on the heels of Michael Cox who was picked in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.
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