May 27, 2008
ATLANTA – Charlie Blackmon, a redshirt junior from Suwannee, Ga., has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America second team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America Tuesday afternoon.
The right fielder maintains a 3.71 grade point average as a business management major at Georgia Tech and has one semester remaining until graduation.
Blackmon, a second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honoree, leads the Yellow Jackets in batting average (.391), hits (91), stolen bases (23) runs scored (66) and on base percentage (.465) and stands second on the team with 133 total bases in 2008. He is currently ranked among the top 10 in the ACC in average (5th), hits (4th), runs (7th), stolen bases (3rd), total bases (9th) and on base percentage (9th).
Blackmon becomes just the sixth Yellow Jacket baseball player to earn Academic All-America honors, joining a prestigious list of Tech alums – Nomar Garciaparra (1993, 1994), L.J. Yankosky (1997, 1998), Mark Teixeira (2000), Matthew Boggs (2002) and Steven Blackwood (2004).
Blackmon and the rest of the 2008 Yellow Jackets will begin NCAA Tournament play this weekend when they travel to the University of Georgia for the NCAA Athens Regional. The Jackets open the regional against Louisville Friday at 7 p.m. at Foley Field.