Dec. 7 - MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – For the third time in his storied career, Presidents’ Athletic Conference and Bethany College all-time leading receiver, Eric Blinn, has been recognized as an All-South Region selection by D3football.com. Blinn, who earned third-team honors following his sophomore and junior seasons, was given a second-team nod following a record-setting senior season.
Arguably the best wide receiver in Bethany history, Blinn culminated his four-year career by posting his third-straight 1,000-yard season, becoming the only Bison ever to accomplish the feat. He earned his third all-region selection to go along with two First-Team All-PAC selections (also earned First-Team All-PAC honor as a returner).
The senior led the PAC in receptions with 93 total catches, 28 more than any other player in the conference. He totaled 1,136 yards receiving, ranking third in the league in receiving yards per game (113.6). He also led the conference in touchdown catches, setting a Bethany single-season record with 14.
Over the course of the regular season, Blinn posted eight games with at least 100 yards receiving and a touchdown. He scored a trio of touchdowns on three separate occasions, notching at least one score in each of his last seven games.
Along with his receiving numbers, Blinn was also solid in the return game, returning 20 kicks (eight kickoffs, 12 punts) for a total of 384 yards and a touchdown (average of 19.2 yards per return). With his return numbers, the senior finished with 1,570 all-purpose yards, the second most of his career.
Blinn left his mark on the Bethany record books, finishing his four-year career with 5,518 all-purpose yards, the most of any Bison in school history. He also holds every major receiving record, including career touchdown receptions (37) and receiving yards (4,261). Additionally, Blinn finished his four-year tenure as the PAC’s career record holder for yards and receptions (344).