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Cheston Blackshear joined the Columbia staff in January 2006 as tight ends coach, and was named offensive line coach in the spring of 2007. He came to Columbia following three seasons as a graduate assistant coach at two major football powers.
From 2002 to 2004, assisted the offensive line coach at the University of Florida, and in 2005 served as a G.A. at the University of Illinois, working with the tight end and offensive line coaches.
Blackshear entered coaching after an outstanding playing career. He was a second team All-Southeastern Conference offensive guard at Florida, earning four football letters. In his final season, he was awarded the Fergie Ferguson Award as the senior with the most leadership, character and courage.
Blackshear competed in four bowl games with the Gators, playing for the national championship in the 1996 Sugar Bowl. He also appeared in the 1997 Citrus Bowl, 1998 Orange Bowl and 1999 Citrus Bowl. Following his 2000 graduation, he signed with the Carolina Panthers and played in 2000-01 with the Orlando Rage of the XFL, helping the Rage to lead the league in rushing. He also coached at Sandalwood High in Jacksonville, Fla.
A native of Oklahoma City, Blackshear grew up in Jacksonville. He was an all-state and Super Prep All-American at Ed White High, becoming the first offensive lineman ever chosen the Florida Times-Union Player of the Year. Ed White’s MVP, he captained the Florida All-Star Team.
Blackshear holds a B.A. in business administration from Florida, and is working toward his master’s in educational policy studies at Illinois. He lives on Morningside Heights, near the Columbia campus.
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