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Former Arkansas Tech player Jeremy Ashcraft playing for Utah Blaze

From Arkansas Tech University

Former Arkansas Tech Wonder Boy Jeremy Ashcraft is now 13 games into his third season of playing arena football as the former two-time All-Gulf South Conference offensive lineman is starting for the Utah Blaze of the Arena Football League.

Ashcraft, who played the past two seasons (2009-10) with the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz of the AF2 Arena Football League, signed to play with the Blaze in mid December following his two-year stint in the AF2 league.

Through 13 games this season, Ashcraft has played in and started 12 games on the offensive line for the Blaze, who are sporting a 6-7 record heading into the final five weeks of the regular season. Utah, who is tied for second place in the National Conference West Division, hosts the Kansas City Command on Friday night at the EnergySolutions Arena in a game that will be broadcast on the NFL Network (SuddenLink Digital Cable Channel 117 in Russellville) beginning at 7 p.m.

On the season, Ashcraft's Blaze are the No. 2 ranked offense in the AFL in total offense (318.5 yards/game) and they lead the league in passing offense (305.8 yards/game) and are third in scoring (61.5 points/game).

"Jeremy has been a great addition to our offensive line due to his size," said Blaze Head Coach Ron James on the team's website about the 6-foot-7, 335-pound Ashcraft.

Ashcraft, who is a native of Marshall, Texas, completed his two-year Tech career with the Wonder Boys in 2008. While with the Wonder Boys, he was named a two-time All-GSC selection and was also named a two-time Daktronics All-Super Region II honoree and a Don Hansen's Football Gazette All-South Region selection as a junior in 2007. As a senior in 2008, Ashcraft started in and played in all 10 games at right tackle and averaged a grade of 81 percent on the season. In addition, he led Tech with 78 knockdown blocks and had 13 pancake blocks and helped Tech's offensive line allow just eight sacks in 10 games. Additionally, Ashcraft, who was named to the GSC All-Decade Football Team in 2010, played in two all-star games as he participated in the East Coast Bowl in Petersburg, Va., and then was named the Offensive Lineman of the Game at the 2009 Valero Cactus Bowl in Kingsville, Texas.

For more information on the Utah Blaze, visit them on the internet at www.utblaze.com and for more information about the Arena Football League, visit them on the internet at www.arenafootball.com.

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