Ardmore Set for Saturday’s ‘Justin Blackmon Day’

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 12:21 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Apr 22, 2011 10:24 AM CDT

Oklahoma Sports Staff

ARDMORE, Okla.—The city of Ardmore has a special day planned for Saturday to honor its own native, OSU receiver Justin Blackmon.

Blackmon, the 2010 Biletnikoff Award winner will be honored in his hometown as a apart of Ardmore’s ‘Justin Blackmon Day.’

The celebration will take place downtown in Heritage hall from 1-3 p.m.

“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.”

“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,” said event organizer Dorothy Varner.

Blackmon, a graduate of Ardmore Plainview High School was named the nation’s best wide receiver last year when he received the Biletnikoff Award.

His 2010-11 campaign with the Cowboys was one of the best in NCAA history as he 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.

In total he racked up 111 receptions for 1,782 yards and 20 touchdowns. His 1,782 receiving yards in 2010 were the most ever for a sophomore.

Furthermore, Blackmon was honored by the conference as the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and he was the fifth-place finisher for the 2010 Heisman Trophy.

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.