JONESBORO, Ark. (11/7/16) – Junior cornerback Blaise Taylor has been the Sun Belt Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after he returned three punts for 98 yards, the most by a player in the league this season, and a touchdown during Arkansas State's 31-16 road victory at Georgia State this past Thursday.
Taylor scored on a 68-yard return with 13:30 left in the fourth quarter to give the Red Wolves a 24-10 advantage. The return was the second longest of his career and the longest by a Sun Belt player this year. His 98 total return yards were the sixth most of his career and tied the 15th most in the nation this season.
The Business Administration major averaged 32.7 yards per attempt, which was the second highest in A-State history. The score also gave him three career punt returns for a touchdown, which are the second most in SBC history tied for the fifth most in the nation among active players.
Taylor increased his career punt return yardage to 669, moving him past FIU's T.Y. Hilton (2008-11) for the second most ever by a Sun Belt player. Additionally, Taylor recovered a blocked PAT after Georgia State had pulled within a touchdown of the Red Wolves 13:15 remaining in the game.
The Red Wolves return to the field on Saturday, Nov. 12 for its final home contest of the season against New Mexico State. The game is set to begin to begin at 2 p.m. (CT).