Good news and bad news for Blackman

Well the good news is that former Carson and current Washington signee QB Dominique Blackman has been cleared by the NCAA to play football after finishing up some summer school classes. The bad news is that the University of Washington Board of Admissions has told the talented signal-caller he will have to wait to enroll until January of 2009.

"Well, I did what I was supposed to do, but it didn't get done in time," Blackman told on Friday afternoon. "I completed the courses faster than any body else, but I guess it was just they wanted me to go through the bridge program and since I didn't do that, they said I have to wait until January."

Blackman said the NCAA has passed a new rule allowing prospects who delay enrollment to live with current players, so he's thinking of moving to Seattle to live with LB Kurt Mangum.

"I really just want to move up there and work out and get ready for things," Blackman said. "If I have to look at the bright side, it gives me an extra spring practice to get used to the system and stuff, so that's a positive, but I really wanted to get up there and start playing.

"I think Washington's got a bright future with our class and with the coaches they have up there. I think they have a chance to do some big things."

Blackman has been hard at work in the weight room and out on the football field this year, training with the likes of Carson Palmer, Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

"I'm in the best playing shape of my life," Blackman said. "I'm 228 now and I've been working out twice a day to get ready, so it's disappointing, but getting to work with guys like that has been great.

"They said I can call them anytime I want to chat with them about things and that's really encouraging. It definitely showed me what I had to do to get to the next level."

We'll check back with Blackman over the coming months just to see how he's holding up.

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