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Adam Blankenship
  Adam Blankenship

Position:
Defensive Ends Coach

Experience:
Fourth Year


08/20/2013

BLANKENSHIP PLEASED WITH PRACTICE

A look at Tulsa's defensive line

Adam Blankenship is in his fourth season at The University of Tulsa as Defensive Ends Coach for the Golden Hurricane. He was named to the Tulsa coaching staff on January 21, 2011.

During his tenure, Blankenship has coached three players who have earned all-conference honors and two all-freshman team selections.

A pair of 2012 seniors earned all-Conference USA merits, including first-team selection Cory Dorris and second-team performer Jared St. John. In 2011, senior Tyrunn Walker was a first-team all-conference selection. Brentom Todd in 2011 and Derrick Alexander in 2012 were named to the C-USA All-Freshman team, respectively. As seniors, Walker and St. John were top-20 finalists for the Ted Hendricks Award, which goes to the nation's top defensive end.

The defensive end position has combined for 89 tackles for lost yardage and 49.5 quarterback sacks under Blankenship's tutelage for an averages of 29.7 stops and 16.5 sacks over his first three seasons.

Blankenship came to Tulsa following two seasons coaching in the Oklahoma High School ranks. He spent two seasons (2009-10) coaching the defensive line at two-time Oklahoma Class 6A state champion Union High School. He also served as a summer camp instructor at Tulsa Union High School for four years and at Illinois State three summers.

A former Union High School letterman and first-team all-state selection as a prep senior, Blankenship attended the University of Nebraska for two years (2004-05) before transferring to Illinois State. He earned three letters with the Redbirds and was team captain as a senior in 2008.

During three seasons at ISU, Blankenship was credited with 60 tackles, 10 quarterback hurries and 9.5 stops for -38 yards, while starting 28 career games. He was named to the All-Valley Football Newcomer team in 2006 and served as team captain as a senior in 2008.

In his prep career, Blankenship earned first-team all-state honors from the Tulsa World and the Oklahoma Coaches Association (OCA) as a senior defensive end. Blankenship helped Union to a 12-1 record his senior season and a state semifinal appearance in Class 6A. He finished with 85 tackles, had 10 sacks and recovered three fumbles as a senior. A year earlier, Union was a perfect 14-0 and captured the class 6A state title in his junior season. Blankenship totaled 86 tackles, including eight sacks, and recovered four fumbles in Union's championship season.

Blankenship was inducted into the Tulsa Union High School Hall of Fame in January 2011.

Blankenship earned a degree in communication studies in December 2008 from Illinois State. He is the youngest son of Tulsa Head Coach Bill Blankenship.

He and his wife, Erica, were married this past summer.

THE BLANKENSHIP FILE
Alma Mater: Illinois State `08
Birthdate: June 17, 1985
Hometown: Tulsa, Okla.
College Coaching Experience: 3 years (2011-13). Fourth year at Tulsa.
Playing Experience: Three-year starter as a defensive end at Illinois State (2006-08). Earned All-Valley Newcomer Team honors in 2006.

Bowl Games as a Player
2005	Alamo Bowl (Nebraska)

Bowl Games as a Coach 2011 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (Tulsa) 2012 AutoZone Liberty Bowl (Tulsa)