GRAMBLING, La. – The wait is finally over for the two-time Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Offensive Player of the Year as Devante Kincade is heading north as he signed a contract on Tuesday night with the Maine Mammoths of the National Arena League.
“I’m just glad someone believed in me,” Kincade said. “Last Friday, they wanted me to come in. They gave me a couple of days to talk things over with my family and make a final decision. In my eyes, this is an opportunity and I’m going to do whatever it takes.”
Kincade contract with the Mammoths runs through the 2019 season, the NAL season runs from April to August, but he has the ability to leave if an NFL or CFL team approaches him with a chance. He joins the Mammoths, the NAL’s newest franchise playing their first season this year. Maine sits at 1-5 through the first six games.
In 2017, Kincade guided the Tigers to an 11-2 overall record and their second-consecutive SWAC Championship. He went 217-of-368 passing for 2,905 yards and tossed 23 touchdowns to just four interceptions. He threw for a season-high 347 yards on 21-of-34 passing, with three touchdowns, in a victory over Texas Southern. On the ground, Kincade amassed 408 yards on 120 carries and reached paydirt six times. Through the air, he finished with a 143.73 pass efficiency and registered 254.8 total yards per game.
For his collegiate career, Kincade threw for 6,011 yards in just two seasons for the Black and Gold. He was 446-of-728 passing with 56 touchdown passes and just 11 interceptions. He accounted for 811 rush yards on 228 carries and 12 scores. The Dallas, Texas native tallied 6,822 total yards of offense and averaged 262.4 per game.
Last season, Kincade had numerous honors, including being named the SWAC postseason and preseason Offensive Player of the Year. He was a Black College Football Finalist, STATS FCS Walter Payton Award Finalist and a BOXTOROW All-American honorable mention. Kincade also became the first two-time recipient of the Ben L. Cavil, Sr. “Big Ben” Award.
Courtesy: GSU Athletics