By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Warren, Ellis headline Black College Football All-American team
Fuquay-Varina, NC -Grambling State running back Frank Warren (6-0, 200, Sr., Pleasant Grove, Ala.) and Hampton defensive tackle Kendrick Ellis headline the 2010 Boxtorow.com/BASN Black College Football All-American team. Ellis was a unanimous selection.
Ellis, a 6-foot-5, 340-pound native of West Palm Beach, Fla.., was a dominating defensive tackle, who recorded 93 tackles (33 solo). His 9.3 tackles per game were the second most in the MEAC amongst all defensive players. He also recorded 15 tackles for loss and two sacks. Ellis is a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award for the best defensive player in FCS.
As for Warren, the SWAC’s Offensive Player of the Year, he led the SWAC and is third in FCS in rushing with 1,592 yards. He averaged 6.6 yards per carry with 19 total touchdowns (18 rushing, 1 receiving). His 10.4 points per game was fifth in FCS. He recorded eight 100-yard rushing games and three games of 200 or more yards rushing. Warren is currently 6th among active career rushers in the NCAA and second all-time in the SWAC finishing with 3,910 yards.
Three running backs make up this year’s team. Joining Warren is Saint Augustine’s Walter Sanders (5-11, 215, Jr., Baltimore, Md.) and Norfolk State’s DeAngelo Branche (5-11, 200, Sr., Norfolk, Va.). Sanders was the CIAA’s Offensive Player of the Year and led the CIAA and ranks 4th in the nation in rushing (137.7). Sanders carried the ball 277 times for 1377 yards and tied for the league lead in rushing touchdown with 15. He recorded eight 100-yard rushing games and two 200-yard rushing games.
Branche led the MEAC and ranks eighth in the nation in rushing yards per game (120.9), carrying the ball 272 times for 1,330 yards and a league-high 13 touchdowns. Branche recorded six 100-yard rushing games and two 200-yard games.
The quarterback on this year’s Boxtorow.com/BASN All-American team is Bethune-Cookman’s Matt Johnson (5-10, 175, Sr., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.). Johnson was the MEAC Offensive Player of the year and led the MEAC in total offense, averaging 250.3 yards per game. He completed 65 percent of his passes for 2053 yards with 14 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Johnson also led the MEAC in pass efficiency (155.7). He was also the Wildcats leading rusher and seventh in MEAC in rushing yards with 700 and 7 rushing touchdowns. He helped lead Bethune-Cookman to the Boxtorow.com/BASN HBCU football national champions in the final top 10 media and coaches polls A pair of teammates – Johnny Culbreath (6-6, 310, r-Jr., Monroe, Ga.) and Josh Harrison (6-4, 290, Sr., Lake City, S.C.) both of South Carolina State – headline the offensive line. Culbreath was the 2009 MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Year and Harrison is this year’s lineman of the year. South Carolina State ranked second in the MEAC in total offense (349.1) and rushing (184.2). Joining Culbreath and Harrison are Grambling State’s Sanford Banks (6-4, 319, r-Soph., Columbus, Ga.), Bethune-Cookman’s Natiel Curry (6-2, 280, Sr., Miami, Fla.) and Hampton’s Jamal Lewis (6-4, 305, r-Sr., Uniontown, Ala.).
The receiving corps is led by senior wide receiver Raymond Webber (6-3, 220, Sr., St. Louis, Mo.) of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Webber leads FCS in receiving yards per game (129.9) and receptions (101). He is also a finalist for Walter Payton Award for the best offensive player in FCS. On the season Webber recorded 101 catches for 1,429 yards with 10 touchdowns. Albany State’s Ronnie Childs (6-3, 200, Sr. Manchester, Ga.) is the other wide receiver after he caught 45 passes for 1005 yards and 12 touchdowns, which led the SIAC. Childs averaged 22.3 yards per reception.
In a close vote the tight end is Fort Valley State’s Tony Davis. The 6-4, 220, Jr. from Fort Valley, Ga. led all black college tight ends in receptions (50) and receiving yards (611).
Defensively, Ellis is joined on the line by Hampton’s Brandon Peruse (6-1, 250, r-Sr., Greensboro, N.C.), Bethune-Cookman’s Ryan Davis (6-4, 240, Jr., Tampa. Fla.), Morehouse’s Derrin Nettles (6-4, 305, Sr., Montgomery, Ala.) and Elizabeth City State’s Malcolm Jenkins (6-4, 245, Sr., Florence, N.J.).
Peguese’s 23.5 tackles for loss was second in the MEAC and fourth in the nation. He also recorded eight sacks which tied for second in the conference. Davis recorded 57 tackles (31 solo), 14 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks to go along with 4 passes defended. Nettles finished second in the nation in tackles for loss (27.5). He also recorded nine sacks and led the nation in forced fumbles with seven. Jenkins led the CIAA in sacks and ranked second in the nation with 13. His 18.5 tackles for loss led the CIAA and was fifth in the nation. He also recorded 42 tackles.
The linebacker corps featured two defensive players of the year in Dejuan Fulghum (6-1, 220, Jr., Killeen, Texas) of Texas Southern and David Erby (5-11, 220 r-Sr., Rock Hill, S.C.) of South Carolina State. Fulghum finished 3rd in the SWAC in total tackles with 101, and led the league with 11.0 sacks. He also had 18.5 tackles-for-loss and led the Tiger defense to a #1 ranking in the FCS in total defense. Erby recorded 96 tackles (58 solo), 14.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, and two interceptions.
The third linebacker is Grambling State’s Cliff Exama (6-0, 230, Jr. North Miami Beach, Fla.), who finished second in SWAC in tackles with 106, while recording eight tackles for loss.
The BTRC/BASN secondary includes Eugene Clifford (6-2, 195, Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) of Tennessee State, Moses Ellis (5-9, 175, r-Jr., Fort Worth, Texas) of Prairie View A&M, Michael Williams (6-3, 190, Sr., Miami, Fla.) of Bethune-Cookman, and Ricardo Silva, Jr. (6-3, 225, r-Sr., Baltimore, Md.) of Hampton.
Clifford is a Buck Buchanan Award Finalist and led the Ohio Valley Conference in passes defended (14), recording four interceptions and 10 pass break-up, while also making 83 stops. Ellis led all Black college players with eight interceptions and 14 pass break-ups. His 22 passes defended led FCS. Williams was second in the MEAC with six interceptions, and Silva had 74 tackles, four interceptions and six pass break-ups.
South Carolina State kicker Blake Erickson (5-10, 165, Jr., Cantonment, Fla.) leads the BTRC/BASN specialty team. Erickson connected on 18-of-21 field goals a, 85.7 percent connect rate and led the MEAC in scoring for the second-straight year with 93 points.
Saint Augustine’s Tyron Laughinghouse (6-3, 200, Soph., Greenville, N.C.) and North Carolina A&T’s Justin Ferrell (5-9, 185, Jr., Danville, Va.) are the return specialists. Laughinghouse ranked first in the CIAA and fifth in the country in yards per kickoff return (29.5) while also averaging 10.7 yards per punt return. Ferrell led the MEAC in yards per kickoff return 694 and returned three kickoffs for touchdowns.
Offensive, Defensive, Coach and Newcomer of the Year Awards will be announced next week.
In its fourth year, The BoxToRow.com/BASN HBCU Football All-American team is a collaboration between DWCommunications, LLC, the parent company of the nationally syndicated sports talk show FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW and www.boxtorow.com, and The Black Athlete Sports Network, the leader in the coverage of African-American athletes in the world of sports. The voters are comprised of some of America’s top writers and media members who cover Black College Football.
Boxtorow.com/BASN 2010 HBCU All-American Team Offense (Name, School, Height., Weight., Year., Hometown) QB: Matt Johnson, Bethune-Cookman, 5-10, 175, Sr., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
RB: Walter Sanders, Saint Augustine’s,5-11, 215, Jr., Baltimore, Md.
RB: Frank Warren, Grambling State 6-0, 200, Sr., Pleasant Grove, Ala.
OL: Sanford Banks, Grambling State, 6-4, 319, r-soph., Columbus, Ga.
OL: Johnny Culbreath South Carolina State, 6-6, 310, r-Jr., Monroe, Ga.*
OL: Natiel Curry, Bethune-Cookman, 6-2, 280, Sr., Miami, Fla.
OL: Josh Harrison, South Carolina State, 6-4, 290, Sr., Lake City, S.C.
OL: Jamal Lewis, Hampton, 6-4, 305, r-Sr., Uniontown, Ala.
TE: Tony Davis, Fort Valley State, 6-4, 220, Jr., Fort Valley, Ga.
WR: Ronnie Childs, Albany State, 6-3, 200, Sr., Manchester, Ga.
WR: Raymond Webber, Ark.-Pine Bluff, 6-3, 220, Sr., St. Louis, Mo.
Defense DL: Ryan Davis, Bethune-Cookman, 6-4, 240, Jr., Tampa. Fla.
DL: Kendrick Ellis, Hampton, 6-5, 340, r-Sr., West Palm Beach, Fla.
DL: Malcolm Jenkins (Elizabeth City State) 6-4, 245, Sr., Florence, N.J.
DL: Derrin Nettles, Morehouse, 6-4, 305, Sr., Montgomery, Ala.
DL: Brandon Peguese, Hampton, 6-1, 250, r-Sr., Greensboro, N.C.
LB: David Erby, South Carolina State 6-1, 215, r-Sr., Rock Hill, S.C.
LB: Cliff Exama, Grambling State, 6-0, 230, Jr., North Miami Beach, Fl.
LB: Dejuan Fulghum, Texas Southern, 6-1, 220, Jr. Killeen, Texas DB: Eugene Clifford Tennessee State, 6-2, 195, Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio
DB: Moses Ellis, Prairie View A&M, 5-9, 175, r-Jr., Fort Worth, Texas DB: Ricardo Silva, Jr., Hampton, 6-3, 225, r-Sr. Baltimore, Md.
DB: Michael Williams, Bethune-Cookman 6-3, 190, Sr., Miami, Fla.
Specialists PK: Blake Erickson , S.C. State, 5-10, 165, Jr., Pensacola, Fla.
P: Ronnie Partridge, Stillman, 5-10, 183, Jr. Red Springs, S.C.
RS: Justin Ferrell, North Carolina A&T 5-9, 185, Jr., Danville, Va.
RS: Tyron Laughinghouse, Saint Augustine’s, 6-3, 200, Soph., Greenville, N.C.
QB: Casey Terriault, Jackson State
RB: Mike Mayhew, North Carolina A&T
OL: Mike Mavromichalis, Albany State; David Mims, Virginia Union; Bennie Peoples, Grambling State; Charles Smith, Texas Southern
TE: Tony Cotton, Langston; Tony Davis, Fort Valley State; Jone’ Harris, Saint Augustine’s; Antwanne Kerr, South Carolina State
WR: Justin Wilson, Delaware State
DL: Jonathan Hollins, Texas Southern; Quinton Spears, Prairie View A&M; Jacob Hardwick, Albany State
LB: Ryan Lewis, Bethune-Cookman; Keith Pough, Howard
DB: Andre Lyles, Fayetteville State; Prathon Wilkerson, Albany State; Mario Fuller Albany State
RS: Arthur Goforth, North Carolina Central
* — 2009 Boxtorow.com/BASN All-American