Khari Blasingame: Running back and student-athlete

Khari Blasingame shares his experience at the SAAC.

Khari Blasingame shares his experience at the SAAC.

Earlier this summer, Khari Blasingame, graduate student and a member of the Vanderbilt football team, ventured with a handful of other Commodores to Birmingham for joint meetings at the Southeastern Conference offices of student-athlete leadership councils and the student-athlete advisory committee (SAAC). Blasingame was joined by other Commodores selected by their peers to attend leadership council meetings: Cierra Walker (women’s basketball), Matt Ryan (men’s basketball), Fernanda Contreras (women’s tennis) and Mary Beckwith (swimming).

Blasingame has grown accustomed to the life of a student-athlete between the tackles. But in Birmingham, the talented running back found himself gelling with student-athletes of different sports.

“You can pick people’s brains,” Blasingame said. “They tell you how their program is, different things they study. You talk about strength coaches and how you run in the summer. You can also get an idea of what other locker rooms are like. It’s just cool to mesh with like-minded people, and you find that you bond over things other than football, too.”

Blasingame is in his fifth year at Vanderbilt, and he has made the most of his tenure as a student-athlete. In fact, the Commodore running back and team captain is more than a football player; he serves as a prime example of the true student-athlete experience at Vanderbilt.

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