Former Utah Safety Julian Blackmon Unwrapped Surprise Rookie Season In 2020
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Former Utah Utes and current Indianapolis Colts safety Julian Blackmon unwrapped a special and surprising rookie campaign this season.
The Colts first selected Blackmon with the 85th overall pick during the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Now if you listen to the Yards After College Podcast, you’ve probably heard that I’m a fan of the Colts.
After Indianapolis drafted Blackmon, I followed his journey not only on a professional level but also on a personal one.
JULIAN BLACKMON CALLED GAME!!
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) October 18, 2020
The former Utah standout surprised me, not only by his play as a first-year player but the fact that he got onto the field so quickly.
If we flashback to December 2019, Blackmon suffered a season-ending knee injury during the Pac-12 title game.
With that injury in mind and Indianapolis already having a starter in Malik Hooker at safety, I expected Blackmon to play late in his rookie season and the Colts to bring him along slowly.
Plans changed quickly.
Julian Blackmon out of a cannon. 💣
📺 FOX/NFLN pic.twitter.com/EdeJvtCOGq
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) November 13, 2020
Hooker suffered a season-ending injury during the Colts’ second game of the season.
Blackmon was thrust into the starting lineup and he hasn’t disappointed all season long.
In 13 games this season, the former Ute has 35 solo tackles, 28 solo tackles, one forced fumble, two interceptions, and six pass breakups.
JULIAN BLACKMON TAKES IT AWAY ‼️
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) October 4, 2020
Blackmon has helped the Colts to a 10-4 start and a potential playoff berth.
He is a candidate for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Julian Blackmon for DROY. pic.twitter.com/CBQmYaEJTs
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) November 23, 2020
Despite suffering a significant injury 12 months ago, Blackmon emerged as a star for the Colts and unwrapped a surprise rookie season.