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ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR BLAISE TAYLOR

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR: ASU senior cornerback excels on several fronts

By Brooks Kubena

This article was published December 30, 2017 at 4:28 a.m.

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Photo showing the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Sportsman of the year: Blaise Taylor (left)

Taylor at a glance

POSITION Cornerback/Return specialist

HEIGHT/WEIGHT 5-9, 165 pounds

BIRTHDATE March 22, 1996

HOMETOWN Waco, Texas

EDUCATION Auburn (Ala.) High School; Arkansas State University

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS NFF national scholar-athlete. … William V. Campbell Trophy finalist. … Wuerffel Trophy semifinalist. … Senior CLASS Award candidate. … Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award nominee. … Co-founder of the nonprofit organization, The Power of 1 or 2. … Earned a master’s degree in Business Administration in August with a 3.82 GPA. … All-Sun Belt Conference first-team defense in 2017. … Three Sun Belt Special Teams Player of the Week awards. … Sun Belt Conference record holder for 35 career passes defended. … The conference’s second all-time leader with four career punts returned for touchdowns. … ASU’s record holder for career punt return yards (1,089), which is the second most in Sun Belt history. … Team captain in all four seasons.

Arkansas State defensive back Blaise Taylor (1) started a nonprofi t foundation with his sister to assist at-risk youth. Taylor’s charitable work alon...

JONESBORO -- The parents waited in the rocky parking lot while a black sedan pulled in, its tires crunching in the gravel as it parked in front of Magnolia Road Baptist Church in northern Jonesboro.

Taylor at a glance

POSITION Cornerback/Return specialist

HEIGHT/WEIGHT 5-9, 165 pounds

BIRTHDATE March 22, 1996

HOMETOWN Waco, Texas

EDUCATION Auburn (Ala.) High School; Arkansas State University

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS NFF national scholar-athlete. … William V. Campbell Trophy finalist. … Wuerffel Trophy semifinalist. … Senior CLASS Award candidate. … Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award nominee. … Co-founder of the nonprofit organization, The Power of 1 or 2. … Earned a master’s degree in Business Administration in August with a 3.82 GPA. … All-Sun Belt Conference first-team defense in 2017. … Three Sun Belt Special Teams Player of the Week awards. … Sun Belt Conference record holder for 35 career passes defended. … The conference’s second all-time leader with four career punts returned for touchdowns. … ASU’s record holder for career punt return yards (1,089), which is the second most in Sun Belt history. … Team captain in all four seasons.

Arkansas State defensive back Blaise Taylor (1) started a nonprofi t foundation with his sister to assist at-risk youth. Taylor’s charitable work alon...

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GeneralMac says... December 30, 2017 at 12:28 p.m.

What a remarkable young man !

He was a joy to watch at Arkansas State .

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arkateacher54 says... December 30, 2017 at 2:48 p.m.

So much bad news - great story, awesome young man from an awesome family. He will undoubtedly succeed, not because of his intellect or talent which he has in abundance , but because of his character. Good job mom and dad.

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