UCLA -- This senior figures to again anchor the offensive line on the strong side ... Has worked hard to be an offensive leader ... Possesses great size for the position.
2004 -- As a junior, he started in 11 of 12 games at weak tackle, missing only at Oregon ... He played the entire contests against Oklahoma State, Illinois, Washington and San Diego State at weak tackle and all but the final two snaps versus Arizona ... He played every snap against California, Arizona State and Stanford and missed a couple of snaps versus Washington State ... He had a string of 22 straight starts snapped when he came off the bench versus Oregon ... He returned to the starting lineup versus USC and Wyoming, playing every snap in both contests ... Overall, he played at least 70 snaps on four occasions and played virtually every snap in all but the Oregon game.
2003 -- Starter in all 13 games at the right tackle position ... Played at least 60 snaps in 11 of those 13 games, including 90 at Washington State, 80 at Stanford, 79 versus Oregon and 75 at Oklahoma.
2002 -- Saw action in four games ... Made his first career start and saw his first career action against San Diego State when starter Mike Saffer broke a rib on the Friday before the game ... Credited with nine KO blocks against the Aztecs ... Also saw offensive line action against Arizona and USC ... Member of the field goal team special teams unit for much of the season.
2001 -- Did not play in his first season in the program and has one season of eligibility remaining.
HIGH SCHOOL -- Earned two letters as an offensive tackle and defensive end for coach Gerald Dunlap at Napa, CA High ... PrepStar All-American (No. 6 offensive lineman in West) ... Rated nation's No. 38 offensive lineman by Rivals.com ... Tom Lemming All-West (No. 59 prospect) ... SuperPrep All-Far West/California (No. 65 prospect) ... Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best in the West second team ... Second-team All-State (Cal-Hi Sports) ... Selected to play in CaliFlorida All-Star game ... Two-time all-Monticello Empire League ... All-Napa County selection ... PrepStar All-America ... Tom Lemming All-West (No. 59 prospect) ... Pre-Season SuperPrep All-Far West (No. 37 prospect) ... Served as team captain in his senior season ... Also lettered in wrestling for coach Franco ... Two-time state qualifier who was team MVP for four straight years ... Won league wrestling championship in 2001.
PERSONAL -- Full Name: Edward C. Blanton ... Born: October 23, 1982 in Illinois ... Parents: Richard and Julie Blanton ... Has two brothers, Richard and Joseph ... Former Chicago Bear standout linebacker Dick Butkus is the athlete he most admires ... Hobbies include knee boarding and skiing ... Earned spot on the Director's Honor Roll in Winter 2004 ... History major.