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Blake Henry
Blake  Henry

Hometown:
Towson, MD

High School:
Loyola

Last College:
Northwestern U.

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 301

Position:
Offensive Guard

Birthdate:
10/12/1979

A candidate for all-conference honors in 2002 ... rated the 22nd-best guard in the nation as well as a second-team All-ACC selection by The Sporting News entering the 2002 campaign ?a talented and powerful offensive lineman ... projected starter at right guard ?very smart player who can, and will, play both the right and left guard positions ?senior leader of the linemen ?has great size and strength ?in his third season at Wake Forest after transferring from Northwestern following the 1998 season ?met gold standards in the weight room for all eight events at the end of spring workouts, lifting 330 in the front squat, 401 back squat, 308 power clean, 330 hang clean, 370 bench press, 264 standing press, a team-best 25 repetitions in the clean-n-press with a 72 lb. kettlebell and a 25-inch vertical leap.

2001: Started seven of Wake's final eight games at offensive guard ... played at least 34 snaps in all 11 games ... saw a season-high 72 snaps in Wake's win at North Carolina ... served as a game captain against Virginia ?helped clear the way for the Demon Deacon running game that led the ACC with 221.6 rushing yards per game ?was also part of an effective line that gave up a league-low 13 sacks all season.

2000: An experienced offensive lineman who finally got the opportunity to play in a Deacon uniform ... sidelined in the early goings of the season due to a knee injury and surgery ... saw action in eight games ... earned the starting nod in the final four contests of the season at left tackle.

1999: Sat out the season, due to NCAA rules, after transferring from Northwestern.

1998: Made an immediate impact as a true freshman, earning a varsity letter.

Background: Enjoyed an outstanding prep career at Loyola HS ... was honorable mention All-America by USA Today ... a SuperPrep all-region selection ... a first team all-state selection ... named all-metro by the Baltimore Sun ... served as team captain as a senior ... named all-conference, all-county and all-city after his junior and senior years ... selected for the Baltimore Touchdown Club All-Star Game ... never gave up a sack and recorded more than 200 pancake blocks in his career with the Dons ... coached at Loyola by Joe Brune ... lettered five times as a prep (three in football, two in basketball) ... a member of the National Honor Society ... made the honor roll three years ... originally considered Wake Forest, Notre Dame and others before signing with Northwestern.

Personal: Majoring in Sociology ... will turn 23 the day of the Duke game - born October 12, 1979 in Fairfax, Va. ... son of Tobe and Deborah Henry ?has a younger sister, Bridget (19) ?uncle, Jeff Mann, played football at William & Mary ?winner of the 2000 Brian Piccolo Scholarship Award ?has appeared on the WFU Dean's List.

Henry Up Close

Favorite food: steak and baked potato

Favorite class at WFU: Business & Society with Dr. Ian Taplin

Favorite place at WFU: Football locker room

My most embarrassing moment on the football field was: going offsides in last year's Spring Game when no play was called

If I were head coach for a day, I would: kick everyone off the team who was a distraction for the team

The athlete who inspires me the most is: Michael Jordan, because he wins most when people doubt him

My first thought when meeting Coach Grobe was: he?s intense and he wants to win

The funniest player on the team is: Chad Rebar, because of his impressions

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