Another Texas football showcase

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: January 5, 2011

TEXAS — Six HBCU football players have been selected to play in the 2011 Cactus Bowl. The game will be held Friday night at Texas A&M-Kingsville’s Javelina Stadium.

Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. (CST). Albany State running backs Robert Welton and LiRonnie Davis, and linebacker Jacob Hardwick will join Morehouse kicker Ian Mullen, Virginia State’s Ian White and Elizabeth City State defensive end Malcom Jenkins on the roster of the top 88 NCAA Division II seniors in the nation. Hardwick, a senior from Virginia Beach, Va., led the SIAC and was ranked fifth in the nation with 13.5 sacks. He was second in the SIAC and tied for sixth in the nation with 22 tackles for loss. He recorded 56 tackles, including 28 solos, five forced fumbles and five pass breakups. He was named to the SIAC’s All-Conference First Team. Hardwick also played in the Second Annual Russell Athletic HBCU Senior Bowl in December. A senior from Macon, Ga., Welton rushed for 886 yards on 161 carries for 10 touchdowns, averaging 73.8 yards per game during his first season as a Golden Ram. Welton was named to the SIAC All-Conference Second Team. Davis, a senior from Macon, Ga., rushed for 596 yards on 103 carries and scored five touchdowns for the Golden Rams. He also caught 19 receptions for 297 yards and seven touchdowns. Mullin completed an illustrious career at Morehouse. He finished the season averaging 42.0 yards on 62 punts as well as making 6 of 15 field goal attempts and 37 of 45 PATs.

He was also named Second Team All-SIAC. White was named First Team All-CIAA as a defensive back leading his team with 5 interceptions for 118 yards. He made 32 solo tackles and 19 assisted tackles, broke up 9 passes and deflected 14 more during the 2010 season. White was also selected to the 2010 Virginia College Division Football All-State first team and played in HBCU All Star Game in Atlanta, GA. Jenkins was the CIAA’s Defensive Player of the Year and is one of eight student-athletes in the country in contention for the Gene Upshaw Award as the top lineman in NCAA Division II. He was named to the Super Region 1 First team and is up for All-American consideration. Fans can watch a live webcast and follow live stats of the game at www.cactusbowl.com. The game will be broadcast on radio by Sports Radio Corpus Christi 1230 AM and streamed at www.sportsradiocc.com The game has been named the Cactus Bowl and played in Kingsville, Texas since January 2001. It was previously known as the Snow Bowl and played in Fargo, N.D. All profits of the Cactus Bowl are donated to Shriners Hospitals for Children throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada.