Scottie Bordelon is a reporter for WholeHogSports.com. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Bordelon previously covered high school sports for the Times Record in Fort Smith and the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Springdale. He is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and Football Writers Association of America, and was awarded 2022 Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year.
Blair announces commitment to Memphis
Arkansas defensive back Simeon Blair (15) celebrates a defensive stop, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, during the first quarter of the Razorbacks’ 38-27 win over Missouri State at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
Former Arkansas defensive back Simeon Blair announced his transfer destination on Tuesday.
In a post to his Twitter account, Blair stated his commitment to Memphis. Blair entered the NCAA transfer portal on Dec. 30, two days after Arkansas’ 55-53 triple-overtime victory over Kansas in the Liberty Bowl.
A former walk-on, Blair finished third on the team in 2022 with 73 tackles. He also had 2 tackles for loss and 5 pass breakups, including 1 in 3 straight games against Mississippi State, BYU and Auburn.
Blair, who had a career-high 10 stops against Missouri State, totaled 136 tackles and 11 pass breakups in his Arkansas career. The Pine Bluff native was named a team captain after safety Jalen Catalon’s season-ending injury against Cincinnati.
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He played a team-high 962 defensive snaps in 13 games this season and finished with the fourth-lowest overall defense grade among Razorbacks, according to Pro Football Focus, at 50.8. Blair also posted the second-worst coverage grade (42.0) on the team.
Blair’s tackling grade of 78.7 was Arkansas’ second best in 2022.
Razorbacks coach Sam Pittman placed Blair on scholarship prior to the 2020 season.
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