Aggressiveness is what Blackmon likes most about Heater and his defense.
"He's full of energy," Blackmon said. "He brings a lot of enthusiasm to practice and to the games. You couldn't ask more from a coach. But the thing I think I like most is he's very aggressive. We don't lay down for anybody. We come out, try to start fast and try to finish as fast."
Heater likes Blackmon's progress so far. He's new to Division I football, so there have been points of inconsistency in terms of technique. Blackmon's had his misses on the field, but Heater said the junior's mentality and attitude are such that more hits should be on the way.
"Anytime a guy is a physical player on defense, you can take all those guys you can get," Heater said. "It's not a game where everybody likes to do that. The more guys you can get who are physical, that's what you're hoping for on defense."
Blackmon's responsibilities continue to grow, and he credits the help that Taylor and redshirt junior Ra'Shawde Myers has given him in developing as a defensive end. Those two in Blackmon's corner have been crucial in his climb up the depth chart, and he said it's satisfying that the Herd trusts him to play a part in this defense.
"I'm just happy to be one of the guys who can roll in," he said.
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.