JONESBORO, Ark. (4/11/18) – Arkansas State University alumnus and 2014-17 football letterman Blaise Taylor was named Wednesday to the 2018 National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society.
The Hampshire Honor Society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career. An all-time high 1,251 players from a record-tying 302 schools qualified for membership in the society’s 12th year.
The Red Wolves have now placed at least one student-athlete on the list each of the last nine years, while also running their all-time membership total to 23 since the program’s inception in 2007.
Taylor served as a team captain all four years of his career with the Red Wolves and holds both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Arkansas State University. His time at A-State culminated in 2017 as he played out his senior season, eventually being named a winner, finalist or semifinalist for several of the nation’s most prestigious awards.
He was tabbed as Arthur Ashe Jr. Male Sports Scholar of the Year, one of the top achievements for an NCAA student-athlete. He was the first male or female A-State representative to ever earn the recognition, while also becoming just the second Sun Belt student-athlete to receive the honor.
Taylor was also a 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy and Wuerrfel Trophy finalist, as well as a semifinalist for the inaugural Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award. He completed his career with the Red Wolves as a four-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection and was also a 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team nominee, Senior CLASS Award candidate, NFF National Scholar-Athlete and member of the Hornung Award Watch List.
The Waco, Texas, native is the first student-athlete in Arkansas State history to be named a finalist for at least two of the 23 prestigious awards comprising the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which includes both the Wuerrfel Trophy and William V. Campbell Trophy. He was also the only student-athlete in the nation this past year to be named to the finalist list for both of the major college football awards.
Taylor was the only 2017 FBS player in the nation to earn both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees before the start of his true senior season. He earned his Master of Business Administration in August 2017 with a 3.82 GPA, and he also graduated Magna Cum Laude in August 2016 with his bachelor’s degree in business administration. A member of the Arkansas State University Chancellor’s List, Dean’s List, Athletics Director’s Honor Roll and Sun Belt Conference Commissioner’s List, Taylor earned both degrees in less than four years.