By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
BASN’s 2006 Black College Preseason All-American Football Team
HOUSTON — Preseason Players of The Year Tuskegee quarterback Kevin Huff (SIAC) and Hampton linebacker Justin Durant (MEAC) headline BASN’s Inaugural Black College Preseason All-American team.
The SIAC’s 2005 Player of the Year, Huff was chosen as our Preseason Offensive Player of The Year. In 2005, Huff led the SIAC in passing with 2,797 yards and 15 touchdown passes thrown. He also rushed for 771 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Durant, our choice for Defensive Player of the Year is a three-time MEAC Defensive Player of the Year and was a finalist for the Buchanan Award in 2005.
He led the MEAC in total tackles (124), averaging 10.3 per game, was tied for the team lead in sacks (5.0) in 2005 and finished second in tackles for loss (15.0).
Durant’s head coach, Joe Taylor, is BASN’s choice for Coach of the Year. In 15 seasons at Hampton, Taylor is 109-41-1. The Pirates are attempting to become the first MEAC team to win three straight league crowns since South Carolina State won four straight from 1980 to 1983.
Wide Receivers: Henry Tolbert, Grambling State; Tyrone Timmons, Mississippi Valley State.
Lineman: Andre Bennett, Grambling State; Robert Blocker, Bowie State; Jeffrey Johnson, Alabama A&M; Clyde Reed, South Carolina State; Nevin McCaskill, Hampton.
Tight End: Jonathan Allen, Norfolk State.
Quarterback: Kevin Huff, Tuskegee.
Running Backs: Alonzo Coleman, Hampton; Jeremy McCoy, Alcorn State.
Kicker: Andrew Paterini, Hampton.
Lineman: Alton Pettway, Albany State; Kevin Lockhart, Alabama A&M; Martin Jackson, Alcorn State; Kendall Langford, Hampton.
Linebackers: Justin Durant, Hampton, Johnny Baldwin, Alabama A&M; Tyler Knight, Mississippi.Valley State.
Secondary: Travarous Bain, Hampton; Gregg Fassitt, Grambling State; Bobbie Williams, Bethune Cookman; Vincent Dancy, Jackson State.
Punter: Eric Hernandez, Prairie View.
Wide Receivers: Jacoby Jones, Lane College; Charles Spiller, Alcorn State.
Lineman: Jackie Skipper, Arkansas-Pine Bluff; Anthony Scarlett, Bethune Cookman; Travis Harmon, Howard; Dan Parrish, Florida A&M; Ivora Hall, Alabama State.
Tight End: Marcus Moore, Lane College.
Quarterback: Aries Nelson, Mississippi Valley State.
Running Backs: Greg Pruitt, Jr, N.C. Central; Deshawn Baker, South Carolina State.
Kicker: Roosevelt Echevery, Tuskegee.
Lineman: Maceo Thomas, Elizabeth City State; Jeff Nweke, Fort V alley State; Tyrone McGriff, Florida A&M; Melvin Matthews, Grambling State.
Linebackers: Dimitri Carr, Grambling State; Taurean Charles, Bethune Cookman; Darius Leak, Morgan State.
Secondary: Janel Trott, Delaware State; Charles Spellman, Benedict College; Michael Williams, Southern; Terrance Stafford, Bowie State.
Punter: Mario Schanez, Prairie View A&M.