INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- It's a big day for Owl nation.
Former Kennesaw State Owl Dante Blackmon has signed with the Indianapolis Colts, Blackmon confirmed to 11Alive's Alex Glaze on Monday. Blackmon is the first Owl to sign with an NFL team since the program formed a couple years ago.
Blackmon tried out at the team's rookie minicamp and signed the deal on Sunday.
A defensive back, Blackmon joined the Owls after transferring from Appalachian State. He had a breakout senior season and won the Josh Norman award, which is given to the top FCS defensive back. He had six interceptions and 19 tackles in his final season.
"I know what I wanted to do," Blackmon said to 11Alive prior to the camp. "I've always wanted to play in the NFL since I was younger growing up, always wanted to play in the NFL."
Owls head coach Brian Bohannon was just proud of Blackmon making it to a camp. He was invited to the Atlanta Falcons' camp in addition to the Colts.
"I think for him to just get into camp is going to be monumental for our program," Bohannon said. "Here's the first Kennesaw State Football player to get into camp. Obviously, the bonus is he makes a roster or gets an even bigger opportunity. But for him to just get in and have an opportunity is going to be huge."
Kennesaw State played its first season in football in 2015. The details of the deal were not immediately made available to 11Alive.