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    Derrick Blaylock Chosen To Play in Hula Bowl
    Senior RB Derrick Blaylock
    Senior RB Derrick Blaylock

    Aug. 22, 2000

    CONTACT: Rob Meyers

    NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- Stephen F. Austin tailback Derrick Blaylock has been selected to play in the 54th annual Hula Bowl All-Star game January 20, 2001 in Honolulu. Blaylock is the first Lumberjack football player to be selected to appear in this post season all-star game.

    Mikhael Ricks was the most recent Lumberjack to appear in an all star game, Ricks played in the Blue-Gray Game in Mobile, Alabama on Christmas day in 1997, winning MVP honors for the Gray squad in the contest.

    "We are extremely happy for Derrick. This is a great honor not only for Derrick but really for our entire program. This proves that the student-athletes playing at Stephen F. Austin are among the best in the nation," said Lumberjack head coach Mike Santiago.

    Blaylock is listed as the starting tailback as the team begins the 2000 season, after splitting time the past two seasons with KaRon Coleman and Isiah Stoker. Both Stoker and Coleman graduated following the `99 season. Last season, Blaylock recorded 109 yards on 36 carries, scoring two touchdowns. He also added 14 receptions for 210 yards out of the backfield.

    The Hula Bowl has been an annual showcase of some of the greatest collegiate talent in the nation for the past half-century. Players like Dan Marino, Tony Dorsett, Deion Sanders and Kordell Stewart have all participated in the game in the past. Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden and Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer will serve as head coaches for the squads in the 2001 bowl.