Kevin Blanchard has already made his mark as one of the squad's premier students and this fall he is looking to make an impact on the offensive line. He brings impressive physical attributes and a strong work-ethic to the field and weight room. With the graduation of senior right tackle Mike Farrell, there is an opportunity for Blanchard to move up the depth chart this season. The former Katy High School standout is one of the squad's top students. The Dean's List student earned a perfect 4.00 grade-point average during the 2012 fall semester and brought a cumulative 3.84 GPA into the summer. A member of a family of Penn State graduates, Blanchard is a potential Academic All-Big Ten candidate.
2012 (Sophomore Season)
Blanchard made good progress in the Nittany Lions' new offensive system, but did not see any game action.
2011 (Freshman Season)
Blanchard was a standout scholar-athlete at Katy High School for Coach Gary Joseph. He helped lead the perennial powerhouse Katy program to a 13-1 record and a state championship appearance in 2010 and was named by Rivals.com a first-team All-Greater Houston honoree. Blanchard also was selected honorable-mention All-District 19-5A and was named first-team Texas Class 5A Academic all-state. He earned the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Scholar Award for Academic and Extracurricular Achievements. He also was a member of Katy's track and field team.
Full name is Kevin Andrew Blanchard. He is the son of Mark and Judy Blanchard, and his mother is a Penn State graduate and was an honors student. He has an older brother, Stephen, who graduated from Penn State's five-year architectural engineering program. Blanchard also has an aunt and an uncle who attended Penn State. He has volunteered with the Challenger Baseball program, Little League Baseball's program for special needs participants. He enjoys swimming and helping his family raise homing pigeons. Blanchard is studying advertising/public relations. Born June 30, 1992 in Houston, Texas.