MEAC Lands 15 on Black College Player of Year Watch List
ATLANTA, Ga. -- The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) has 15 players represented on the Black College Football Hall of Fame's 2017 Black College Player of the Year Award Watch List, which was released on Wednesday.
The award is presented annually to the most outstanding football player from a Historically Black College & University. Former North Carolina A&T State, and current Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen was selected as the inaugural recipient of the award in 2016.
The winner of the 2017 Black College Football Player of the Year Award will be honored with the Deacon Jones Trophy during the Black College Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which takes place on February 10, 2018 in Atlanta. Four finalists will be unveiled on Dec. 12.
“This is a way to recognize the tremendous talent in HBCU football today,” said Super Bowl MVP quarterback Doug Williams, a BCFHOF co-founder and 2011 inductee. “Through this Award, the Black College Football Hall of Fame is proud to showcase outstanding student-athletes.”
“The Deacon Jones Trophy has become the most prestigious football award for HBCUs,” said BCFHOF co-founder and 2012 inductee James Harris. “Deacon Jones was a pioneer and an icon, and still to this day represents the very best of black college football.”
The Watch List candidates have been selected based on past performance and future potential. Additions to the list may be made as the 2017 season progresses. The finalists and the winner will be chosen by a selection committee.
The MEAC's representatives are:
Diquan Richardson (Bethune-Cookman, Sr., DB)
Yahkee Johnson (Hampton, Sr., RB)
Kyle Anthony (Howard, So., WR)
Anthony Philyaw (Howard, Sr., RB)
Herb Walker Jr. (Morgan State, Sr., RB)
Elijah Bell (North Carolina A&T State, So., WR)
Khris Gardin (North Carolina A&T State, Sr., WR/KR)
Leroy Hill (North Carolina A&T State, Jr., TE)
Brandon Parker (North Carolina A&T State, Sr., OL)
Lamar Raynard (North Carolina A&T State, Jr., QB)
Antonio Brown (North Carolina Central, Sr., DL)
Alden McClellon (North Carolina Central, Jr., DB)
Jason Baxter (South Carolina State, Sr., DB)
Darius Leonard (South Carolina State, Sr., LB)
Dayshawn Taylor (South Carolina State, Sr., LB)