COPPERAS COVE, Texas -- Defensive end Arnold Blackmon (Corsicana, Texas/Navarro College) stood on the Bulldawg Stadium turf, holding the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl trophy and celebrating with teammates, friends and family for the second consecutive year. For Blackmon, the trophy was more than just another bowl victory.
If nothing else, Saturday’s 30-23 win against Georgia Military College culminated a juco career that has watched Blackmon mature as a dependable player on the defensive line. With hard work and tutelage, Blackmon finished the season with 47 tackles and a team-high eight sacks.
A 6-foot-2, 235-pound end, Blackmon is hoping his play was enough to get additional looks. Currently, Blackmon has offers from Marshall, Kansas State and Old Dominion. New Mexico also is showing major interest in him.
“I’m just trying to show when it’s game time, I can ball,” Blackmon said. “In the fourth quarter, I can still go. That’s what I’m trying to show. The first through third quarters are important, but fourth quarter is when it matters.”
Blackmon said he will visit Marshall this weekend, then take in New Mexico the weekend of Dec. 14. He said he’s looking for the best fit regarding defensive schemes, coaching staff and academic background. Blackmon added that he’s wide open with his process and is willing to entertain new offers if they come.
For the time being, however, Blackmon will enjoy being a bowl champion in his final game as a junior college football player.
“I can’t express enough how great the feeling was,” Blackmon said. “From the coaches and the emotions from the past couple of weeks and getting back on track with the team, it was a grind. We pulled it off, though. We had the heart, and the coaches had the techniques for us.”