Courtesy: Black College Football Hall of Fame
ATLANTA – The Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCFHOF) announced today four finalists for the inaugural Black College Football Player of the Year Award, and two of the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s top offensive players were among the quartet honored.
The Finalists include QB Malcolm Bell (North Carolina Central University), RB Tarik Cohen (North Carolina A&T University), QB DeVante Kincade (Grambling State University) and RB Lenard Tillery (Southern University).
The Finalists were chosen by a five-member Selection Committee, which is composed of Black College Football Hall of Fame founders James “Shack” Harris and Doug Williams, Sheridan Broadcast Network’s Director of Sports Ty Miller, former USA Today sports writer Roscoe Nance, and ESPN College Football Analyst Jay Walker.
Tillery led the SWAC in rushing yards (1,665), rushing touchdowns (13), all-purpose yards (1,972) and total touchdowns (15). He became the SWAC’s all-time leading rusher this season, and has led the SWAC in reushing for two straight years, garnering first-team all league honors along the way.
Kincade, the 2016 SWAC Offensive Player of the Year, led the conference in passing efficiency (171.6), completion percentage (65.2), passing yards per game (263.3) and total offensive yards per game (290.4). He threw 28 touchdowns to just three picks in leading Grambling to the conference title and a berth in the Celebration Bowl.
“On behalf of the Black College Football Hall of Fame Trustees, we congratulate the inaugural Black College Football Player of the Year Finalists,” said Doug Williams, BCFHOF Co-Founder and 2011 Inductee. “These student-athletes represent the best of HBCU Football.”
The winner of the 2016 Black College Football Player of the Year Award will be announced on February 25, 2017 at the Eighth Annual Black College Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia. He will be presented with the Deacon Jones Trophy, named in honor of the football legend and inaugural BCFHOF inductee.
“Players from Historically Black Colleges and Universities have had a tremendous impact on the game of football,” said BCFHOF founder and 2012 inductee James Harris. “This award will allow us to highlight the great student athletes from today’s HBCUs and recognize them in front of the legends that paved the way.”