April 22, 2011
STILLWATER, Okla. - Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon will be honored in his hometown tomorrow as part of Justin Blackmon Day in Ardmore, Okla. The celebration will take place between 1-3 p.m. in Heritage Hall in downtown Ardmore.
A graduate of Ardmore Plainview HS, Blackmon was officially recognized as the best wide receiver in the nation when he won the 2010 Biletnikoff Award after enjoying one of the best seasons in NCAA history with 111 receptions for 1,782 yards and 20 touchdowns. Blackmon led the country with 148.5 receiving yards per game and became the first player in NCAA history to record at least 100 yards receiving and a touchdown in 12 straight games.
Blackmon was the 2010 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and the fifth-place finisher for the Heisman Trophy. His 1,782 receiving yards in 2010 were the most ever for a sophomore.
"I'm honored to have the people in Ardmore take the time to put on an event like this," Blackmon said. "I don't really view myself as someone who deserves any special recognition, but I'm happy that I can contribute to people being proud of our community."
Event organizer Dorothy Varner said the highlights of Justin Blackmon Day will be a proclamation in his honor, a performance by the Plainview HS band and cheer squad and much more. Varner said a movement is in the works and still pending approval from the school board to have one of the streets that leads to Plainview HS renamed Justin Blackmon Lane.
"We as a community are proud of what Justin Blackmon has accomplished and we are excited to celebrate his success and to show how much he means to us," Varner said.