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Casey Blaser
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Casey Blaser 816648
Position: Offensive Tackle
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 290
Year: Redshirt Senior
City/State: Charlotte, N.C.
High School: South Mecklenburg
2016: Returning starting right offensive tackle ... returning All-ACC offensive tackle ... preseason All-ACC selection by Athlon (3rd team), Lindy’s Sports (3rd team) and Phil Steele’s College Football Preview (4th team) ... in 28 career games (26 starts), has played 1,976 total snaps ... Duke’s most experienced offensive lineman ... joins OT Gabe Brandner and OG Tanner Stone as the three returning starters along an offensive front which helped Duke join Clemson and North Carolina as the only three schools to rank among the ACC’s top five in both scoring offense and total offense and must replace two All-ACC honorees in OG Lucas Patrick and C Matt Skura ... one of three Duke offensive linemen with 1,000+ career snaps of experience, joining Brandner (1,120) and Stone (1,088) ... in the program’s post-spring strength and conditioning evaluation, led the offensive line unit in bench press (405 lbs.), squat lift (515 lbs.) and broad jump (8’8”) while combined three-lift (Bench press, squat & power clean) total of 1,223 pounds ranked third on the team behind DT Mike Ramsay (1,232 lbs.) and RB Joseph Ajeigbe (1,228 lbs.).

2015: Honorable mention All-ACC selection by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association ... started all 13 games at right tackle ... helped the Blue Devils finish third in the ACC in total offense, fifth in scoring offense, fifth rushing offense and fifth in passing offense as Duke joined Clemson and North Carolina as the only schools to rank among the top five in all four categories ... part of an offensive front that ranked second in the ACC and sixth nationally in fewest tackles for loss allowed per game (4.15) ... key member of an offense that matched the school single-season standard with eight games with 30+ points, equaling the record set in both 2012 and 2013 ... helped open holes for a rushing attack that averaged 192.92 yards per week – Duke’s highest mark since 1977 – as the Blue Devils ranked tied for first in the ACC and 10th nationally with six rushes of 50+ yards with a league-best four players (QB Thomas Sirk [803], RB Shaquille Powell [542], RB Jela Duncan [460] & RB Shaun Wilson [424]) totaling 400+ ground yards ... contributed to the success of Sirk, who compiled the second highest single-season total offensive yardage total (3,428) in Duke history, trailing only Anthony Dilweg’s 3,713 total yards in 1988 ... provided protection for QBs Sirk and Parker Boehme as the tandem threw for 3,204 yards with 18 TDs against 10 INTs ... aided an offense that ranked among the national leaders in total first downs (24th), fourth down conversion rate (25th), sacks allowed per game (27th), third down conversion rate (33rd) and total offensive yards per game (36th) ... in the 44-41 overtime win over Indiana in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, helped Duke compile 536 yards of total offense (373 rushing & 163 passing) as the Blue Devils had three players (Sirk [155], Duncan [109] & Wilson [103]) rush for 100+ yards for just the second time in school history ... on the field for 1,074 snaps.

2014: Started all 13 games at right tackle ... credited with a touchdown after recovering a Duke offensive fumble in the end zone against Wake Forest ... member of Duke’s offensive line which led the nation in fewest tackles for loss allowed per game (3.15) … key component of an offensive front that ranked first in the ACC in sacks allowed per passing attempt (1:36.23) and second in the league in sacks allowed per game (1.00) ... part of a Blue Devil offensive unit that became the first in school history to average 180+ rushing yards and 210+ passing yards per game … helped open holes for a Duke rushing attack which averaged 181.85 yards per contest, the program’s highest mark since 1977 ... member of Duke’s offense that ranked among the ACC leaders in fourth down conversions (16; 1st), fewest turnovers lost (15; t2nd), red zone offense (.875; 3rd), scoring offense (32.4; 4th), rushing offense (181.8; 5th) and first downs per game (22.0; 5th) … helped the Blue Devils to top-50 national offensive rankings for sacks allowed per game (8th), fewest turnovers lost (16th), red zone offense (34th), scoring offense (40th), rushing offense (46th) and first downs (286; 46th) ... aided in the protection of QBs Anthony Boone and Thomas Sirk, who combined to complete 266-of-467 (.570) passes for 2,767 yards with 22 TDs against just eight INTs ... opened holes for Duke’s ground attack that featured four backs with 375+ yards and 24 rushing TDs while Boone (5), Sirk (8) and Shaun Wilson (5) became just the fourth trio in Blue Devil history to post 5+ rushing TDs each in a season … helped pave the way for Wilson to establish Duke’s single-game record for rushing yards with 245 against Kansas and set the school single-season standard for average rushing yards per attempt at 7.67 ... on the field for 885 total snaps

2013: Played in two games, seeing action against Navy and N.C. State ... held out of action early in the season while recovering from surgery performed on August 15, 2013, to repair a broken right hand ... on the gridiron for 17 total snaps.

2012: Did not see game action.

PRIOR TO DUKE: Three-year letterman at South Mecklenburg under coach James Martin ... helped South Mecklenburg to consecutive state playoff appearances in 2010 and 2011 ... first team all-state pick by the Associated Press in 2011 ... graded out at 87 percent for senior campaign while serving as team captain ... first team All-Mecklenburg choice by the Charlotte Observer following senior season ... two-time All-Southwestern Conference selection ... helped North Carolina to a 26-19 win over South Carolina in the 75th annual Shrine Bowl on December 17, 2011, in Spartanburg, S.C.

PERSONAL: Son of Angie and Scott Blaser ... father played four seasons (1983-84-85-86) as an offensive lineman at Newberry College ... born January 5, 1994 ... majoring in sociology.

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