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Kennesaw State congratulates first NFL draftee

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KENNESAW, GA (CBS46) -

It has been a historic day for Owl Nation.

Former Kennesaw State University defensive back Dante Blackmon has made history and officially become the first player in school history to sign a contract with the National Football League.

Blackmon, who transferred last year from Appalachian State, also became the first Owl to earn an NFL mini-camp tryout and signed an Undrafted Free Agent (UFA) contract with the Indianapolis Colts following his successful tryout this past weekend.

"Signing with the Colts felt like a dream come true," said Blackmon. "To be one of the five guys to sign out of about 47 guys that came on an invite was the best feeling and a blessing. The process was a good one. I loved everything about it and I just competed at my highest level and controlled what I could control. Now it's time to go to work. This is just the start. I can't thank Kennesaw State University and Coach Bohannon and the rest of the coaching staff enough for the opportunity to transfer in and play ball for the Owls."

As an All-Big South selection, Blackmon led the conference with six interceptions and eight pass breakups last season. He also logged a career-high three interceptions against Duquesne, making him the 10th player in Big South history with three in one game.

Blackmon was named Big South and National Defensive Player of the Week for his effort versus Duquesne and won the Josh Norman Award, which is given to the top defensive back in the FCS.

Owls head coach, Brian Bohannon said:

"I'm so proud of Dante for earning this incredible career opportunity. This is certainly a milestone for our young program to have our first NFL signee, and it's also a tribute to the way that Dante has dedicated himself both and off the field to be the best he can be. He was an all-conference player, he earned his degree last week and now he has an NFL contract."

In his final two seasons with the Owls, Blackmon played in all 22 games and compiled 50 tackles, eight interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

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