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Allen named Academic All-OAC
NEW CONCORD, OHIO, December 2, 2009 - The Ohio Athletic Conference has announced that Muskingum University junior tight end Blake Allen has been named Academic All-OAC.
Allen, an education major who carries a 3.61 grade-point-average, is a leader on and off the football field. He ended the 2009 season with career-highs in receptions (28), yards (331) and touchdowns (4). He averaged 33.1 yards receiving per outing and 11.8 yards per catch.
"He's had a lot of success on the football field and in the classroom," said Head Coach Al Logan. "His devotion and work ethic are qualities admired and respected by his teammates and coaches. The leadership he displays on the field and in school is a model for all student-athletes to follow."
Allen, a native of Barnesville, Ohio, is a three-year letterwinner for the Muskies. His two touchdown grabs earlier this year against Ohio Northern University was a new career-high for scores in a game.
He also knows the importance of volunteering in a community that supports the University throughout the year. Allen is a student mentor at John Glenn High School, has volunteered at the local animal shelter once a week to walk dogs, participated in the annual Clean Up New Concord initiative to beautify the village's reservoir, helped load can goods on trucks for area churches during food drives, assisted with the East Muskingum Schools Special Olympics and taught football skills to area youths at Muskingum's annual free football skills clinic.
"Blake is active in our community service projects and spends time mentoring local students on a weekly basis," stated Logan. "He is a leader in this role and someone our other student-athletes try to emulate."
On campus, Allen serves as the football representative for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, has been honored multiple times on the Dean’s list, served as a journalist for the campus newspaper Black & Magenta and volunteers his time at various sporting events on campus.
Earlier this year, Allen was named the OAC Scholar-Athlete of the Month for November and named to the Honorable Mention All-OAC football team.