Two former ASU players earn national honors for academics
JONESBORO (5/4/11) - The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) has named Arkansas State tight end Jeff Blake (Paragould) and deep snapper Adam Gaston (Hattiesburg, Miss.), both seniors on the 2010 team, to the 2011 NFF Hampshire Honor Society.
ASU TE Jeff Blake
The NFF Hampshire Honor Society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who maintained a 3.2 GPA throughout the entire course of undergraduate study and were either a starter or significant substitution on their team. A total of 671 players from 241 schools qualified for membership in the society's fifth year, showing a steady increase in membership each year since the inaugural class in 2007.
ASU has had five players named to the NFF Hampshire Honor Society all-time as Gaston and Blake join 2009 selections Alex Carrington and Taylor Clements and 2008 selection Matt Reibe.
Blake, a former walk-on, made an immediate impact at ASU, playing fullback as a true freshman, sophomore and junior before moving to tight end for his senior campaign. He started 24 career games and not only recorded five touchdowns, but also played a key role in pass protection and rush blocking for the Red Wolves' offense.
A four-year letterman who recorded every deep snap for ASU since 2008, Gaston played a key role for the Red Wolves on special teams since his arrival as a true freshman. He was a highly-touted recruit when he signed with A-State, and lived up to his accolades to help ASU rank among some of the top teams in the Sun Belt Conference in special teams over the past four seasons.