Black College Football Hall of Fame Establishes HBCU Player of the Year Award

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Updated: August 31, 2016

By BASN Wire Services

ATLANTA — With the 2016 Black College football season set to begin, the Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCFHOF) has announced the establishment of the Black College Football Player of the Year Award.

The award will be named after inaugural Black College Football Hall of Fame inductee Deacon Jones.

“We’re excited about the establishment of the Award, which will honor the best football player attending a Historically Black Colleges and University,” said Super Bowl MVP quarterback Doug Williams, a BCFHOF co-founder and 2011 inductee.

The winner of the inaugural Black College Football Player of the Year Award will be announced on February 25, 2017, at the Eighth Annual Black College Football Hall of Fame Ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia.

“Players from Historically Black College and Universities have had a tremendous impact on the game of football,” said BCFHOF co-founder and 2012 inductee James Harris. “There are very few players who represent this Award better than the legendary Deacon Jones.”

deaconjonesThe Watch List candidates have been selected based on past performance and future potential. Additions to the list may be made as the 2016 season progresses. The finalists and the winner will be chosen by a Selection Committee.

The SWAC leads all conferences with 16 nominated players, followed by the MEAC (14), SIAC (11), CIAA (8) and Independent (3).

See link below  for the complete list of candidates.

http://www.blackcollegefootballhof.org/releases/bcfhof-establishes-the-black-college-football-player-of-the-year-award

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