CIAA announces 2010 grid honors

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: November 10, 2010

HAMPTON, Va. — The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association has announced this season’s honorees for the All-CIAA Football First and Second Teams and Players of the Year.

This year’s All-Conference Team is led by Offensive Player of the Year, Walter Sanders of Saint Augustine’s College. Sanders leads the conference in rushing 137.7 ypg., 15 TDs, 1,377 total yards for 277 attempts.

Walter also ties for second in CIAA scoring (90 pts), second in all purpose yards (1,461) 146.1 ypg and ranks ninth in the conference in total offense.

Defensive Player of the Year, Malcolm Jenkins represents the Elizabeth City State University Vikings, where he ranks first in conference sacks with 13 (12 solo/2 assisted); first for tackles for loss (14 solo/9 assisted) for an average of 1.85 yds per game.

Jenkins is also responsible for four fumble recoveries this season.

Virginia State University’s Justin Parker is Special Teams Player of the Year. Parker tops the CIAA’s Field Goal category- finishing 8 for 8 (100 pct.) with a long of 40 yds.

Justin ranks second in PAT kicking, 32-of-34 at 94 pct.

The players of the year and the All-Conference first team will be formally recognized at the CIAA Football Championship Luncheon on Friday at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley.

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association has released the 2010 All CIAA Rookie Team for football with players representing ten different CIAA institutions. Winston-Salem State University’s Tehvyn Brantley (Durham, NC) and Shaw University’s Darnell Evans (Madison, NJ) headline this year’s team as Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Year respectively.

The team is voted on annually by the CIAA Sports Information Director’s Association. Brantley was voted as the CIAA Offensive Rookie of the Year after holding down a starting wide receiver position for the Rams this season. Brantley caught 38 passes for 608 yards and five touchdowns this season. He ranks 4th in the CIAA in total receiving yards (608) and 5th in the CIAA in receptions per game (4.2). Brantley had a season-high eight receptions for 143 yards in a win over Johnson C. Smith and 166 yards receiving with two touchdowns in a win over N.C. Central this season. Evans, CIAA Defensive Rookie of the Year, held down starting defensive back position for the CIAA Southern Division Champions, Shaw University.

Evans collected 34 tackles this season with 22 solo tackles and 12 assisted tackles. He currently leads the CIAA in passes defended (17) and pass break ups (10). He also has six season interceptions, tied for first in the CIAA. He led the CIAA in interceptions most of the 2010 season. NOTE: For more information, log on to