Arkansas State's Taylor Stockemer turned 22 this week, and given all his achievements and contributions to the Red Wolf football team, we decided he's worth celebrating here at AState Nation.
This season the junior wide receiver made it into the 1,000 yard club. He reached the 1,000 mark during the Virginia Tech game, but Stockemer has now recorded 1,279 yards in his career and is near breaking into the top 10 receivers in school history.
"I guess it's a great achievement moving up on the history here at ASU," Stockemer said. "It's been fun accomplishing that, I really don't keep track of it all that much. But so far it's been a great time."
During his time at Arkansas State, Stockemer has performed in the classroom as well as on the football field. He will graduate early this year, and begin to work on his masters while he continues to play football.
"I graduate in about 6 or 7 weeks, but I'll start going to grad school and continue playing through my eligibility," Stockemer said.
While he plays his senior season for the Red Wolves, Stockemer will be working towards his Masters of Business Administration.
With an important Homecoming game just a few days away, Stockemer had bigger things to worry about this week than celebrating a birthday. Arkansas State continues its journey to the Sun Belt title this Saturday against North Texas.
"Homecoming isn't that big a deal to us because we're normally here practicing when all the festivities are going on. But regardless every game's important, and it's the next game so we've got to continue what we have," Stockemer said.
Arkansas State is 3-0 in conference play right now, with five games to go — three of which will get to be played in front of a home crowd. It seems to be the perfect scenario for the Red Wolves to win out, but Stockemer has the "Hugh Freeze guarded optimisim" outlook: it's been great so far, but there is a lot of work still to be done.
"It's a great feeling, but every game in the Sun Belt, teams can beat each other. Western Kentucky beat Lafayette, and you can't count anybody out in this league," Stockemer said. "So you could say we have an easy schedule, but every game could be our next loss, so we've got to continue to try and win every game one by one."
The road to an undefeated conference record continues Saturday at 6 p.m. — perhaps "Stock" will have a birthday week touchdown or two up his sleeves. Personal performance aside, he looks forward to continuing a strong season for his team.
"We've got a strong lead in the conference, and we need to maintain that to eventually be Sun Belt champs," Stockemer said.