JONESBORO, Ark. (4/25/17) – A two-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection set to play his senior season in 2017 with the Arkansas State football team, Blaise Taylor was announced Tuesday as one of eight outstanding students to receive a Distinguished Service Award (DSA) this year from Arkansas State University.
Taylor will be presented with the award at a recognition dinner Thursday, April 27, at 6:00 p.m. at the Cooper Alumni Center on the A-State campus. He will be recognized alongside the other seven DSA winners, and one of them will be announced as the recipient of the university’s highest honor, the R.E. Wilson Award, at the dinner.
The DSA winners are recognized as the institution’s most-outstanding graduates because of their leadership, scholarship and citizenship. Nominated by Dr. Shane Hunt, dean of the College of Business, Taylor is among the recipients who have all provided countless hours of service to the community, their classmates, their departments and colleges and to Arkansas State University. A committee comprised of students, faculty, staff and past Wilson Award recipients makes the final selections.
Taylor earned his undergraduate degree in August 2016 in business administration. He graduated magna cum laude with a grade point average of 3.832. He took only two-and-a-half years to earn his bachelor degree and is currently working on his masters of business administration degree.
Among his other academic achievements, Taylor has appeared multiple times on the Arkansas State University Chancellor’s List, Sun Belt Conference Commissioner’s List and the A-State Athletics Director’s Honor Roll. He was named a Top 10 junior in the College of Business in 2015-16 and is a recipient of the Strong-Turner 3.0 Society award.
Taylor was one of just 88 FBS student-athlete named as a candidate for the 2016 Wuerrfel Trophy, presented annually to the nation’s top community servant. He has been active in numerous community service projects since coming to Jonesboro and has been a leader in organizing events for his fellow teammates. He has taken part in events that aided Special Olympics, health and wellness education, local schools and churches, alcohol and drug awareness and participated in an Autism Walk.
As a member of the A-State football team, he has helped lead the Red Wolves to two Sun Belt Conference championships and three consecutive bowl game appearances, including a win over UCF in last year’s Cure Bowl. He will enter his senior season with 781 career punt return yards that are the most in school history, the second most ever by a Sun Belt Conference player and the third most in the nation among active players.
Taylor’s three-year career with the Red Wolves have seen him pile up 70 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, four interceptions, 16 pass break-ups and one forced fumble.
Taylor is the son of Trooper and Evi Taylor, and his sister, Starr, is a member of the Arkansas State women’s basketball team. His father, Trooper, is A-State’s Assistant Head Football Coach and cornerbacks coach.