Nov. 29, 2000
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- Stephen F. Austin running back Derrick Blaylock has been invited to play in two all-star games after his recently completed record setting season. Blaylock was invited before the season began to play in the Rivals.com Hula Bowl in Honolulu in January, and he has recently also been invited to play in the Kelly Tires Blue-Gray Game in Alabama on Christmas Day.
Blaylock started all eleven games this past season for the Lumberjacks, rushing for 1,382 yards for the season. That total is the second best single season rushing total ever in the history of the school, and is also the most ever in an eleven game season.
Former Lumberjack and current Washington Redksin Larry Centers holds the single season record of 1,440 yards rushing in the 15-game 1989 season. The `Jacks advanced all the way to the national championship game that season.
Blaylock also tallied 1,464 all-purpose yards as a senior, the fourth highest total ever in SFA history. The Atlanta, Texas senior averaged an amazing 6.8 yards per carry in 2000, and closed out his SFA career with a 6.2 yards per carry average. Blaylock finished his SFA career with 2,091 yards on 340 carries and 14 touchdowns. He is seventh on the career rushing list at the university.
Mikhael Ricks was the last Lumberjack player to appear in the Blue-Gray Game, earning Offensive MVP honors following his 1997 appearance in the game. Ricks currently plays for the Kansas City Chiefs. Blaylock is the first Lumberjack player ever to appear in the Hula Bowl.