This has been a year of history making accomplishments for Belhaven athletics, and we crossed another important milestone today when two of our football players signed NFL contracts.
Tramaine Brock and Jacob Phillips both signed NFL free agent contracts following the conclusion of the NFL draft.
These are the first Blazers in our 11 years of football to ever sign NFL contracts, and to have two players in the same year is remarkable.
Jacob signed a three year contract with the Seattle Seahawks, and Tramaine signed a two year deal with the San Francisco 49ers.
Congratulations to Head Coach Joe Thrasher and our coaching staff for developing such a strong program that the NFL is looking to us for talent.
Here is the rest of the story from our news release:
Brock, a senior from Long Beach, MS, had a team high six interceptions and returned two for touchdowns. Brock tied the Belhaven single season record for most interceptions and compiled 51 total tackles with 2.5 sacks, and 13.5 tackles for a loss in the 2009 season. Brock also returned kicks for the Blazers averaging 17.4 yards per return with a long of 55 yards. Brock was named to the Mid-South Conference Western Division All-Conference Team.
“It was great to have Brock on our team this past season,” said Belhaven Head Football coach Joe Thrasher. “He was the team defensive MVP and came into his own during the second half of the season. I expect big things for him at the next level and he has the best natural ability of any player I have ever coached.”
Phillips, a senior from Baton Rouge, LA, helped anchor the Belhaven offensive line in 2009. Phillips who is 6’6 305 pounds, contributed to a Blazer offense that averaged 308.8 yards per game while scoring 22.1 points per contest. Phillips has the potential to be a long snapper along with possessing tremendous blocking skills.
“It has been a privilege to coach Jacob Phillips here at Belhaven,” said Coach Thrasher. “He has put in four years of hard work and deserves this opportunity at the next level. It has been a pleasure to watch him grow as a player and a person and we wish him the best at the next level.”
“I am very proud of both of the guys and this is a big opportunity for our program, adds Thrasher. “This will be a good recruiting tool for us here at Belhaven in that we provide an opportunity at a great education along with the possibility for our players to move on to the next level following the completion of their time in a Blazer uniform.”
Belhaven finished the 2009 season with an overall record of 6-5 and finished second in the Mid-South Conference Western Division with a mark of 4-2. It was the first winning season for the Blazers since 2006 and a vast improvement over the teams 2-9 finish in 2008.