NORMAN — Beau Blankenship grew up dreaming of being a Division I tailback. That’s why he never sold his soul to any particular school. He wanted to keep his options open and his attitude up.
So when his hometown Oklahoma Sooners didn’t come calling, the shortish Norman North tailback wasn’t disappointed.
Blankenship signed with Iowa State on Wednesday and will get the chance to be a Big 12 tailback.
“Playing in the Big 12 has been a dream of mine,” Blankenship said. “It’s more than I could have hoped for.”
Blankenship grew up a fan of running backs. Old-school Earl Campbell. New-school Adrian Peterson, Shon Greene, Knowshon Moreno and, last but not least, Maurice Jones-Drew.
The Carolina Panthers tailback has rushed for 2,533 yards in his three NFL seasons despite standing only 5-foot-7.
Blankenship understands why bigger-name schools didn’t come courting.
“First of all, I’m white,” Blankenship said. “And I’m 5-8.