Blacklock has been cleared to return to football activities, he posted on Twitter.
“My God is a awesome God, Officially cleared for football again,” Blacklock wrote. “Today marks 9 months post surgery. Time to pick up where I left off.”
Blacklock, who missed all of last season and sat out of spring ball with an Achilles injury, provides a difference-making presence on the Frogs’ D-line. At 6 foot 4 and 326 pounds, he has the makings of a future NFL player.
He had a standout season in 2017, finishing with 27 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss and 2 sacks. He was the Big 12’s co-defensive freshman of the year.
Blacklock, along with Corey Bethley, are expected to give the Frogs a strong interior front next season.
TCU safety Innis Gaines announced earlier this week he’d been fully cleared as well. Gaines sustained a season-ending knee injury against Texas Tech, finishing with 31 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss.
TCU had the Big 12’s best defense last season, and are expected to be in the mix for that label once again in 2019. Along with Blacklock, Bethley and Gaines, the Frogs return other impact players such as cornerback Jeff Gladney and linebacker Garret Wallow.