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PBU By Former Utah Safety Julian Blackmon Leads To Interception By Indianapolis Colts

Sep 20, 2020, 12:36 PM | Updated: Sep 21, 2020, 12:12 pm
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Julian Blackmon #32 of the Indianapolis Colts knocks the ball away from Adam Thielen #19 of the Minnesota Vikings which Khari Willis #37 would intercept during the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 20, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Former Utah safety Julian Blackmon recorded a pass breakup which lead to an interception by the Indianapolis Colts.

Blackmon and the Colts hosted the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, September 20.

It was the rookie safety’s first NFL game, after he was inactive during Indianapolis’ season-opening loss to Jacksonville a week earlier.

The Colts selected Blackmon with the 85th overall pick during the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Late in the first half, Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins aired out a deep ball into double coverage. Blackmon played the ball and batted it up into the air. Indianapolis’ Khari Willis intercepted the ball and returned it 43 yards into Vikings territory.

The possession led to a field goal that gave the Colts a 15-3 lead at halftime.

Blackmon finished the opening half with a pair of tackles and two pass deflections. The safety’s tackle came on a third down stop that forced the Vikings to punt.

Minnesota vs. Indianapolis is broadcast on FOX.

Julian Blackmon’s career at Utah

The Layton, Utah native started his college career at Utah in 2016. During his first season, he appeared in 9 games on special teams and four games on defense.

Blackmon’s sophomore season in 2017 saw him start in all 13 games at cornerback. He racked up 4 interceptions, 10 passes defended, 6 pass breakups, and 48 tackles. Blackmon was named second-team All-Pac-12.

In 2018 at cornerback, Blackmon started in all 14 games while leading Utah with 10 pass breakups and 11 passes defended. He also had one interception, 48 tackles, and 4 tackles for loss which led to him being named second-team All-Pac-12.

Last season in 2019 as a senior at safety, Blackmon started in 12 games, missing the game against Idaho State and the Alamo Bowl. Blackmon had a Pac-12-best 4 interceptions along with 8 passes defended, 4 pass breakups, 60 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks. The former Layton star had a pick-six against BYU in the season opener. He was named an All-American and first-team All-Pac-12.

Kyle Ireland is a Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Twitter (@kyleireland) and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).

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