himself both on and off the field to be the best he can be. He was an all-conference player, he earned his degree last week and now he has an NFL contract. I wish him the best of luck.”
Blackmon’s first team All-Big South selection stemmed from his incredible senior season. His ball-hawk-like play gave him a conference leading six interceptions (second in the entire FCS) and eight pass break ups as he ended his Kennesaw State career after two seasons with a grand total of eight interceptions, 50 tackles and two fumble recoveries.
When Blackmon was coming out of high school and getting recruited, Hurst said he would talk to coaches regularly about how high his player’s ceiling of potential was. Now that Blackmon has entered the highest level of football competition, Hurst said he still feels like there’s more for Blackmon to grab.
“When I think about him, I think Malcolm Butler from the (New England) Patriots,” Hurst said. “They came from similar, smaller schools, but in watching Butler’s rise to fame, I think Blackmon’s that kind and style of player. He’s not gonna be denied. I have no doubt in my mind that young man’s gonna make it. If not at Indianapolis, it’ll definitely be somewhere.”
Hurst’s confidence in Blackmon comes from something more than his tangible abilities.
“Forget football for a minute,” Hurst said. “This young man’s got a degree. He’s going to be a good father, a good husband. Just a great young man, and that’s really what’s important.”
Blackmon becomes just the sixth Covington native to enter into the NFL following his recently drafted former Eastside teammate Sheldon Rankins (New Orleans Saints), and he’s looking to make the most of his new opportunity.
“Now it’s time to go to work,” Blackmon said. This is just the start.”