HBCU NFL Free Agent Signees

By Tony McClean
Updated: October 12, 2007

BRISTOL, CONN—The end of this past weekend’s NFL Draft didn’t mean the end of several players dream to play on Sundays. In fact for some, it was just a beginning.

Many Black College football standouts including DE Charles Alston of Bowie State and Jackson State LB Elgin Andrews were among the list of players who’ll be attending NFL mini-camps within the next few days.

Alston, an all-CIAA selection the last two seasons, was signed by the Dallas Cowboys. Despite being a lifelong Redskin fan, Alston said he’d have no problem switching allegiances.

“I’ve been a Redskin fan all my life, but right now I’m just so happy for myself, my family and for Bowie State University,” said the 6-foot-7, 280-pounder.

In two years, Alston had 14 sacks, 164 tackles and forced eight fumbles as the Bulldogs finished as the fifth best and second best defense in Division II in 2001 and 2002, respectively.

The Cleveland Browns signed Andrews, who charted 341 tackles during his career at JSU. The 6-foot-1, 248-pound native of McComb, Mississippi has led the SWAC in tackles the past two seasons (112 stops as a junior and 121 last year).

Here’s a brief list of HBCU players that have agreed to free-agent deals as of press time: OFFENSE Running Backs Derek Watson (South Carolina State) Patriots; Lawrence Nolen (Jackson State) Texans; Phillip Doolin (Arkansas Pine-Bluff) Cardinals.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends Cortez Hankton (Texas Southern) Jaguars; James Johnson (Bowie State) Redskins; Kevin Simmonds (Howard) Jaguars; Steve Farmer (Tennessee State) Cardinals.

Lineman Jamaal Jackson (Delaware State) Eagles; Mario Branch (Mississippi Valley State) Titans.

DEFENSE Lineman Robert Branch (Stillman College) Browns; Ken Jones (South Carolina State) 49ers; Charles Alston (Bowie State) Cowboys.

Linebackers Brenden Givan (Stillman College), Elgin Andrews (Jackson State) Browns.

Defensive Backs Rober’ Freeman (Clark Atlanta) Titans; Chris Brown (Grambling) Jaguars; Serge Sejour (Howard) Redskins; Victor White (Winston-Salem State) 49ers.