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D'Angelo Blake looking to catch on with Glendale Community College football

Sophomore wide receiver has big goals following smaller role in 2012

August 31, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • Wide receiver D'Angelo Blake pauses for a quick sideline photo during football practice at GCC in Glendale on Monday. Blake returns as the Vaqueros leading receiver. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
Wide receiver D'Angelo Blake pauses for a quick…

With the Glendale Community College football team choosing to predominantly stick to the running game throughout the 2012 season, it left D’Angelo Blake without an extensive workload.

The wide receiver caught 22 passes for 286 yards and a team-high three touchdowns last year through the air. However, the Vaqueros’ biggest offensive threat was running back Collin Keoshian, who rushed for 1,265 yards and 11 touchdowns before transferring to Illinois State.

Blake continued to run his routes each contest and didn’t complain about not having the ball thrown to him. Not long after the season wrapped up, Blake journeyed to the weight room to add about 20 pounds of muscle and broke down film of his performances so he could find a way to become a prime offensive target for the Vaqueros in 2013.

“I’m going into the season thinking big things,” said the 6-foot-2 Blake, who arrived at Glendale college after playing at Long Beach Jordan High. “You have to find ways mentally and physically to be able to help your team out.

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“I’ve set some goals. I’d like to catch about 60 passes for around 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns. I want to be that big deep threat.”

The Vaqueros will have a pair of quarterback options in Sean Murphy and Jonathan Santos, who will look to find the 200-pound Blake downfield.

“I think we’ve all gotten to the point where we are on the same page,” said Blake, who first played receiver during his senior year at Jordan. “I want to be able to get out there fast and make a big catch for us.

“We’ve all been working well together at practice, getting to know each other’s tendencies.”

The Vaqueros will look for a turnaround after finishing 2-8 and 0-7 in the Pacific Conference’s American Division last season.

Glendale averaged 16.6 points per game last season, third lowest in the conference. It averaged 117.4 yards passing per contest with just nine touchdowns receptions.

Sixth-year Glendale Coach John Rome would like to see the numbers improve, starting with Blake, who averaged 13 yards per catch last season.

“He’s got a great combination of size and strength,” Rome said. “We think D’Angelo can be one of the guys who can jump up there and lead us.

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