Freshman Robert Blanton was on the field for almost the entire overtime on Saturday in place of 3 year starter Terrail Lambert and the move could become more permanent from the sounds of Charlie Weis’s Sunday presser.
He did a fairly decent job in covering most of the day. A couple tackles he would have liked to have done better. But he’s not afraid to be out there. He’s one of the guys we were talking about where you could see Blanton playing more. I could definitely see Blanton playing more.
Lambert has not had a strong season so far while junior Raeshon McNeil recorded two picks against Pitt and has been very strong in coverage all season. Blanton has been impressive at times but has been tentative at times making tackles in the open field. There’s been a few times he’s waited for the ball carrier to get to him as opposed to him attacking the ball carrier. That is something that will come as he plays more and more though. What has been impressive are his coverage skills for a freshman.
Lambert might not be the only starter on notice this week either. According to Weis, a number of starters will be challenged this week in practice.
I think there will be some players, frontline players, that will definitely be being challenged this week. Not getting into particulars. They’ll know who they are tomorrow. If they don’t know right now, which they should, they will certainly know tomorrow.