HOUSTON – Quarterback Devante Kincade of Grambling State University, has been named the Ben L. Cavil, Sr. “Big Ben” Award winner. The award was presented by Pure Sports at the Crowne Plaza Hotel-Houston NRG on Wednesday.
Kincade had a prolific season for the G-Men accounting for 2,608 passing yards, 28 passing touchdowns and just three interceptions, he also accounted for 271 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground in his first season with the Tigers. He ranked third in the FCS in passing efficiency, seventh in passing touchdowns and 12th in total offense. He was named SWAC Offensive Player of the Week three times and Newcomer of the Week twice. He was also named the Big Ben Award Offensive Player of the Week six times this season.
THGSBA recognized seven athletes from five universities and two conferences. The players represented Grambling State University, Jackson State University, North Carolina Central University, Prairie View A&M University, and Texas Southern University. The players also represented the Mid-Eastern and the Southwestern Athletic Conferences.
The Big Ben Award recognizes the top player in HBCU football that exhibits the enduring characteristics that define Ben L. Cavil, Sr.: determination, diligence, integrity, performance, familial, teamwork, fraternal, and community engagement. In addition, the nominee must meet one or more of the following criteria: a football player attending an Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Texas or was born and/or played high school football in Texas and/or played at a Texas-based junior college and continued his career playing for an HBCU.