One Arkansas State University football player grew up during his high school football career dreaming of one day being on national television, making the ESPN's Top 10 plays of the game.
That dream was achieved for senior wide out and Arkansas native Taylor Stockemer on January 8th during the Go Daddy.com Bowl.
Stockemer saved his best game of his junior season for the Red Wolves final matchup with Northern Illinois. He had a breakout game including his leaping one handed 16-yard touchdown reception on fourth and four.
His dream had finally came true.
The play finished as the No. 4 top play by ESPN, but Stockemer wasn't satisfied with his dream coming true, because his team ended up losing the game.
"I had always dreamed that I would make a Top 10 play on ESPN," Stockemer remembers. "It was very sweet to actually get that during the bowl game, it was bittersweet because we lost the game."
?That's the type of player and person Stockemer has become for the Arkansas State Red Wolves. No better teammate and no better leader.
He graduated in December and will come back for his senior season while studying for his masters, the humble young man will quickly tell you that his getting his master's degree his first priority.
When asked if he thinks he will get a chance to take his game to the NFL he gives his shoulders a shrug and smile and gives you his take on the situation.
"It would be great if I get that opportunity," Stockemer smiles. "Not really sure if it will happen or not. If not, I'm not going to worry about it. I'm going to work hard, get my education and live my life to the fullest."
Stockemer, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound wide out, has deceptive speed and became one of his quarterback's Ryan Aplin (Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year) en-route to a junior season that recorded 48 catches for 756 yards and 7 touchdowns.
He had a long touchdown grab for the season of 51 yards.
The Red Wolves had four top wideouts last year with one senior recording over 1,000 yards while Stockemer and one other garnered over 700 yards a piece.
"We definitely had a lot of guys that could catch the ball last fall," Stockemer remembers. "As long as we are winning I don't care how many catches I personally have."
That type of attitude is why the former Van Buren, Arkansas athlete will be one of the Red Wolves top leaders of this senior class.
Every coach realizes how important senior leadership is for his team and Gus Malzahn is no exception.
"We have a great group of seniors coming back this fall," Malzahn said. "Taylor is one of those guys you love having on your team. The way he handles himself on and off the field. We have several of those guys, it will be a strong point for our team this fall."
Stockemer will finish his career this fall at Arkansas State as a four year letterman and a three year starter for the Red Wolves. He was injured for a big part of his sophomore season but still finished with over 500 yards in receptions.
Will this be his breakout season under in Malzahn's new offense?
"I hope to have the best season of my career," Stockemer says. "I will continue to work hard and give it everything I have. We are all excited about this season. Winning 10 games this past season has made hungrier for more 10 win seasons or better. We feel that we can achieve that this fall."
Notice he talked more about his team than he did himself, but hey that's what make this young man who he is.