Alcorn State's Felix Harper
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Atlanta, GA – The Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCFHOF) announced Tuesday the 2021 Watch List for the Black College Football Player of the Year Award. The Award is presented annually to the most outstanding football player from an HBCU.

Former North Carolina A&T, and current Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Award in 2016; Bowie State quarterback Amir Hall was the 2017 and 2018 recipient; Tennessee State and current Atlanta Falcons WR Chris Rowland was the 2019 recipient, and current Alabama A&M QB Aqeel Glass was the recipient of the Spring 2021 award.

Four finalists will be unveiled on November 30, 2021. The winner of the Black College Football Player of the Year Award, which will be announced during halftime of the Inaugural HBCU Legacy Bowl, will be honored with the Deacon Jones Trophy. The HBCU Legacy Bowl takes place on Saturday, February 19, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The game will be broadcast live on NFL Network.

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“There are many gifted football players competing at Historically Black Colleges and Universities right now,” said Super Bowl XXII MVP and BCFHOF co-founder Doug Williams. “This Award is a way for the Black College Football Hall of Fame to recognize these talented student-athletes.”

“The Deacon Jones Trophy is the most prestigious football award for HBCUs,” said BCFHOF co-founder and 2012 inductee James Harris. “Deacon Jones was a pioneer and an icon, and still to this day represents the very best of Black College Football.”

The Watch List candidates have been selected based on past performance and future potential. Additions to the list may be made as the 2021 season progresses. The finalists and the winner will be chosen by a Selection Committee.

First Name Last Name Position School Conference
Kailen Abrams LB Central State SIAC
Zach Anderson DB Fort Valley State SIAC
Marquese Bell DB Florida A&M MEAC
Cam Brown DL Savannah State SIAC
Dalane Brown, II WR Central State SIAC
Caleb Brunson DB Mississippi Valley State SWAC
Juwan Carter QB Norfolk State MEAC
Christian Clark DL Alabama State SWAC
Devyn Coles DB Norfolk State MEAC
Shaquan Davis WR South Carolina State MEAC
Derik Davis DL Albany State SIAC
Irshaad Davis DB Alabama State SWAC
De’Shaan Dixon DL Norfolk State MEAC
Santo Dunn RB Morehouse SIAC
Decobie Durant DB South Carolina State MEAC
Anthony Evelyn WR Lane SIAC
Joshua Flowers DB Winston-Salem State CIAA
Chase Foster DB Southern SWAC
Javon Frazier DL Virginia State CIAA
Sidney Gibbs RB Shaw CIAA
Chad Gilchrist LB South Carolina State MEAC
Aqeel Glass QB Alabama A&M SWAC
Jawain Granger DB Delaware State MEAC
Ezra Gray RB Alabama State SWAC
Charles Hall WR Virginia Union CIAA
Keonte Hampton LB Jackson State SWAC
Felix Harper QB Alcorn State SWAC
Ethan Howard TE Southern SWAC
Abdul-Fatai Ibrahim WR Alabama A&M SWAC
Da’Kendall James WR Norfolk State MEAC
Ja’Rome Johnson QB Bowie State CIAA
Kevin Johnson RB Norfolk State MEAC
Jordan Lewis DL Southern SWAC
Jah-Maine Martin RB North Carolina A&T MEAC
Aubrey Miller, Jr. LB Jackson State SWAC
Brooks Parker LB Delaware State MEAC
Jahseari Patterson DL Fort Valley State SIAC
Nigel Peele LB Fayetteville State CIAA
LeCharles Pringle WR Alcorn State SWAC
Joshua Pryor DL Bowie State CIAA
Tyrin Ralph WR Arkansas-Pine Bluff SWAC
Jaleel Scroggins DB Shaw CIAA
Mike Sims QB Morehouse SIAC
Jarod Sims RB Southern SWAC
Desmond Smith TE Virginia Union CIAA
Xaiver Smith WR Florida A&M MEAC
Stephen Stokes DB North Carolina Central MEAC
Brett Sylve RB Kentucky State SIAC
Ta’Shaun Taylor LB Winston-Salem State CIAA
Jalon Thigpen DB Arkansas-Pine Bluff SWAC
Jaylun Thomas DL Miles SIAC
Montavious Tinch TE Miles SIAC
Isaiah Totten RB North Carolina Central MEAC
Kolby Watts LB Arkansas-Pine Bluff SWAC
Josh Wilkes WR Arkansas-Pine Bluff SWAC
Joshua Williams DB Fayetteville State CIAA

Courtesy: BCFHOF


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