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3. Born Antwon Valentino Blake, the cornerback officially dropped Antwon and started going by Valentino as his first name at the start of last season. Blake also likes to go by the nickname “Zilla”, which he earned during his freshman year at UTEP from one of his strength coaches. Zilla was short for Godzilla, after Blake showed prowess in the weight room.
4. Blake was a two-year starter at Thurgood Marshall High School in Missouri City, Texas. He garnered All-District 23-5A Honors as a senior and captained a squad which posted a 7-3 record, good enough for second place in the district. He helped lead the Buffs to a district title the year before in 2006.
5. Blake is originally from Jacksonville, Florida. During his college career, Blake was known as a gunner on special teams, in addition to shutting down opposing wide receivers. He totaled 137 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles and an interception during his three seasons with the Miners (2009-2011).