Draft Scout Snapshot: 2010: Started all 12 games at safety ... earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from the league's coaches ... named a team captain for the season ... tied for third on the team with 68 tackles (42 solo), co-leader with two INTs … also had four PBU, one sack, three TFL, one forced fumble and one blocked punt ... registered seven tackles (six solo) and one INT at Texas Tech. 2009: Started 14 games at safety … tabbed honorable mention All-Big 12 by the Associated Press and league's coaches … notched 62 tackles (35 solo), two TFL, six INTs, five PBU and a fumble recovery … notched two tackles, a TFL, a fumble recovery and an INT at Oklahoma State … posted an INT, two tackles and a PBU in the Big 12 Championship game versus No. 21 Nebraska. 2008: Started all 13 games at safety as a true freshman … tabbed second-team Freshman All-America by College Football News … named honorable mention All-Big 12 by the league's coaches … twice tabbed the team's Most Productive Defensive Performer … third on the team in tackles with 64 (41 solo) to go along with seven PBU, eight pressures, a TFL and a forced fumble … notched eight tackles and a PBU versus No. 1 Oklahoma. Personal: Father, Steve, played cornerback at Stephen F. Austin (1977) and was Blake's high school coach at Leander.
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Draft Scout Blake Gideon News
08/12/12 - S Blake Gideon, a rookie free agent, is making a positive impression. If he can keep it up, he should have a shot at the 53-man roster.
04/23/12 - Gideon grew up on football and hopes to continue playing football in the NFL. “I’m going to be a consistent guy,” Gideon said. “I think I’ve treated these past four years like a professional so I already know what that life is about. I can also say that I have dedicated a large portion of my life to football already so I’m not going to have any issues that they need to worry about off the field.” During his time at Texas, Gideon posted 276 tackles, 10 interceptions, 20 pass break ups and two sacks. Although Gideon was not invited to the NFL Combine, he felt he did well at Texas’ Pro Day. Gideon wishes some of his numbers were better, but he is relieved that Pro Day is over. He said all of the players had been working for two-and-a-half months for just one day. Gideon’s future is still up in the air and it is unclear whether or not he will be drafted. Still, leadership is one thing Gideon has going for him. He groomed a young UT secondary as a senior. “He’s been in so many big games, it’s to the point that he doesn’t understand just defense, he understands offense,” defensive coordinator Manny Diaz said. “That’s very hard to get to without a lot of at-bats, and Blake has had a lot of at-bats. So he’s a calming presence.” Gideon graduated in December with a degree in physical culture and sport. After his playing career is over, Gideon hopes to be a coach. His father was a high school football coach. “I want to coach at the college level when it’s all said and done,” Gideon said. “It’s what I love. It’s what I grew up around and what I am comfortable in. I feel like I have something to offer in that profession.” Before that, he hopes that a team will call his name on draft day. “Hopefully somebody gives me a chance and I run with it,” Gideon said. - Lauren Giudice, UT The Daily Texan