Arlington, Texas — Virginia State’s running back Trenton Cannon was selected by the New York Jets with 204th pick overall in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft on Saturday at AT&T Stadium.

“I can’t believe I am a New York Jet,” said Cannon. “This is what I have worked for and dreamed of since I was a kid. I have been working hard to get to this moment. I want to thank Virginia State University’s Head Football Coach Reggie Barlow and the coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to shine on the field and believing in me. Trojan Nation, I want to thank you for all the love and support. It’s my turn. Thank you so much to everyone who believed in me and helped me get to today, but the work has just begun. New York, let’s get to work.”

Trenton Cannon has received numerous accolades for his outstanding performance this season. Cannon was selected to play in the 2018 National Football League Players Association Collegiate bowl that took place on January 20. Cannon led the Trojans to an undefeated regular season, piling up 245 all-purpose yards per game. In addition, he was named the CIAA Offensive Player of the Year, and was the second consecutive VSU player to take home the Lanier award. The Lanier award is given to the best small-college player. Trenton received the Offensive Back of the Year honor by the Touchdown Club of Richmond. Cannon lead the CIAA in overall rushing yards this season (1,387) and rushing yards per game (154.1). He also produced 14 touchdowns on the season. Out of the ten-week regular season, the Hampton, VA native earned five Offensive Back of the Week honors. Trenton is currently VSU’s All-Time Rusher with a total of 3,780 yards.

For his college career he played in 38 games (25 starts), rushed for 4,246 yards (7.1 yards/carry) and 46 touchdowns, caught 51 passes for 638 more yards and seven more TDs, and also averaged 32.6 yards/kickoff return with three TD returns the last two seasons.

Cannon turned a 4.40 time in the 40 at his pro day.

Cannon is only the second player taken from Virginia State, with the first, DB Jim Williams, selected in Round 7 of the 1970 draft.

Courtesy: VSU Athletics


  1. It was a delight to see him play in person. Will be a great 3rd down back that can also run back kicks and punts. He also is a tough Football Player


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