BLAND'S WSU CAREER
JUNIOR (2010): Redshirt season.
SOPHOMORE (2009): Earned a varsity letter after appearing in six games, including two starts...had a recurring left knee injury during and did not play after Arizona State, and missed WSU's final six games...started WSU's season opener against Stanford at middle linebacker, registering a career-high 10 tackles (eight solo)...also started against Arizona State...posted 42 tackles on the season (27 solo), including four tackles-for-loss and one sack...intercepted a pass against ASU and picked up 22 yards on the return...also forced two fumbles on the season.
FRESHMAN (2008): Earned a varsity letter after playing in 12 games on season, nine in a starting role... named to Phil Steele's Freshman All-America Third Team...had most starts of any true freshman on the team...missed season-opener against Oklahoma State with foot sprain...started final nine games of year...averaged 4.6 tackles per game, fifth on team and 47th in Pac-10...season totals included 55 tackles, nine tackles-for-loss (second on team), two sacks, two pass breakups and one interception...as a starter averaged 5.3 tackles per game...first collegiate action came against California, registering three tackles (all solo)...had eight tackles (seven solo) including two TFLs at UCLA (Oct. 4)...next week had two tackles at Oregon State (Oct. 11), along with lone interception of season which he returned 16 yards for a touchdown...had season-high nine tackles (seven solo) against Arizona, followed by eight tackles and first career sack at Arizona State...best game of season may have been in 16-13, double-overtime win over Washington in Apple Cup...collected seven tackles (five solo) three TFLs and a pass breakup...saved best for overtime where he stopped both Husky drives with a two-yard TFL in the first OT, then recorded another two-yard TFL in the second OT, which forced a 37-yard FG that was missed...earned team Defensive Player of the Week award following game...also had team Big Hit award after Arizona State and Baylor, Big Play award at Oregon State and Special Teams Player of the Week at UCLA and Baylor...ended year with four tackles and a sack at Hawaii...also started on all four special teams units.
BLAND'S HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
Four-year starter for head coach Mike Glines...carried the ball 65 times for 619 yards as a FRESHMAN...had 17 total touchdowns...two-way starter also recorded 40 tackles and three interceptions...returned 13 punts for 265 yards...named to the all-conference team and earned team's Outstanding Defensive Back of the Year Award...was also named Calhisports.com's Freshman of the Year...named Modesto Bee All-District as a SOPHOMORE...named all-conference and all-state after racking up 882 yards and 27 touchdowns on 54 carries...on defense had 60 tackles and one sack...named team's Offensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player...Modesto Bee Player of the Year as a JUNIOR...also named to Modesto Bee All-District Team and league Most Valuable Player...earned both all-conference and all-state accolades after posting a school-record 1,900 rushing yards on 133 carries...also scored 33 touchdowns...registered 74 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions on defense...once again earned team MVP honors...named Stanislaus County Outstanding Athlete of the Year and Calhisports.com Junior Athlete of the Year...named EA Sports Football All-American Third Team as a multi-purpose performer as a SENIOR...named CIF All-State First Team, CIF Small Schools Player of the Year, first-team CIF All-State Small Schools, All-Northern California First Team, All-Section Sac-Joaquin honorable mention...rushed for 1,776 yards and 32 touchdowns en route to Western Athletic League First Team honors...also posted 70 tackles as a linebacker/safety...recorded seven games of 175 yards-plus on the ground, including season-high 218 and two touchdowns against St. Mary's...had season-best five touchdowns three times during year...was a finalist for California Mr. Football...finished career with over 5,000 career rushing yards and 107 touchdowns while leading team to four consecutive Sac-Joaquin section championships...team's high school record was 49-3-1...ranked as one of California's top 100 recruits by Scout.com...ranked No. 24 all-purpose back in the nation by USA Today...one of the top wrestling recruits in the nation was runner-up at California State Wrestling tournament (171-pound) for head coach Steve Strange...captured state wrestling titles as a freshman (152 lb) and sophomore (171 lb)...member of the USA Wrestling National Duel Team.
Louis Bland III...parents Louis and Lisa...brothers Reggie and Mitchell...three-year class president at Central Catholic High School...named to the honor roll all four years...sociology major at WSU.
DEFENSE G/GS TT PT AT TFL SACKS PI/YDS
2008 12/9 55 40 15 9/-25 2/-13 1/16
2009 6/2 42 27 15 4/-15 1/-9 1/22
2010 Redshirt Season
Totals 18/11 97 67 30 13/-40 3/-22 2/38