NEW CONCORD - Muskingum University junior tight end Blake Allen was named the Ohio Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Month for November. Allen, an education major who carries a 3.61 grade-point-average, is a leader on and off the football field.
Allen's emergence as an all-league caliber player has helped the Muskingum spread-option offense re-write the Muskie passing record book. This season, Allen is in the midst of a career year posting new highs for receptions (24), yards (296) and touchdowns (4). His four receiving touchdowns lead the team and his 24 catches rank second.
"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 product of Barnesville High School, is a three-year letterwinner for the Muskies. His two touchdown grabs earlier this season 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 villages 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.