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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Photo Gallery: WSSU vs. St. Augustine's



The final score of Winston-Salem State's homecoming win on Saturday made the game seem like more of a blowout than it was. WSSU struggled with turnovers and penalties in the first half before going in to overdrive to come away with a 36-13 win over St. Augustine's on Saturday.



WSSU picked up its fifth-straight win in front of an announced crowd of over 16,000 at Bowman Gray Stadium. Quarterback Phil Sims threw three touchdowns while quarterback Rudy Johnson, who started the game, threw three interceptions.



The Rams led 20-6 at halftime despite those three first-half interceptions, but a 10 yard touchdown pass from Cyril Davis to Jordan Turkvant with under six minutes left in the third quarter cut the Falcon's deficit to a seven points.




WSSU would respond with a 10 play, 58 yard drive that ended with a four yard touchdown pass from Sims to Jerry Goodson. It would follow that up with a seven yard score by senior Maurice Lewis, his second of the day.



WSSU improves to 6-1, and will host Southern Division rival Livingstone Saturday at Bowman Gray in its home finale.

Enjoy a few more photos from the game and the halftime show.















Saturday, October 18, 2014

HBCU Football Scores: 10/18/2014





A&T 33, Delaware State 13
FAMU 31, Howard 28
Paine 38, Edward Waters 14
Winston-Salem State 36, St. Augustine's 13
Fort Valley State 24, Limestone 19
Norfolk State 21, Hampton 13
Elizabeth City State 24, Lincoln University (MO) 23
Morgan State 21, North Carolina Central 20
Livingstone 21, Shaw 20
Lincoln (MO) 62, Texas College 6 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Keep Rising To The Top: NCCU Predicted To Repeat As MEAC Champs




How do you follow up an exciting, record-breaking season of college basketball? For North Carolina Central, they hope the answer is to do it again. NCCU was picked to repeat as the MEAC's Men Basketball Champion for the 2014-15 season.

NCCU is coming off a memorable 2013-14 campaign that saw it go 28-6, winning the MEAC Tournament (it's first mens' basketball tournament title in more than 50 years) and making the NCAA Division I Tournament for the first-time ever.

If the Eagles are to repeat, they'll have do so so without their prolific backcourt of Emmanuel "Poobie" Chapman and leading scorer Jeremy Ingram, as both finished up their careers this spring. This year's squad will be led by big men Jordan Parks (preseason first-team) and Karamo Jawara (third-team).

Hampton was picked to finish second in the MEAC, after an 18-13 finish and an appearance in the CBI Tournament last season. Morgan State, runner-up to NCCU in the MEAC Tournament, was picked to finish third.

Here  is the full predicted finish:

1.      North Carolina Central (15)                          317 points
2.      Hampton (9)                                                    304 points
3.      Morgan State                                                  265 points
4.      Norfolk State                                                   225 points
5.      Delaware State                                               194 points
6.      Coppin State (1)                                              183 points
7.      Savannah State                                               182 points
8.      Howard                                                             170 points
9.      North Carolina A&T                                       153 points
10.   Bethune-Cookman                                         132 points
11.   Maryland Eastern Shore                                95 points
12.   South Carolina State (1)                                90 points
13.   Florida A&M                                                    56 points

Howard sophomore James Daniel was named MEAC Preseason Player of the Year after averaging better than 21 points per game as a freshman.

First Team
Deron Powers- Hampton
James Daniel- Howard
Taariq Craig-Coppin State
Jordan Parks- NCCU
Kendall Gray- Delaware State

Second Team
Mike Trapp- Bethune-Cookman
Jamal Fuentes- Norfolk State
Prince Okoroh- Howard
Rashid Gaston- Norfolk State
Bryan Akingugbe- North Carolina A&T

Third Team
Kendall Williams- Delaware State
Brian Darden- Hampton
Blake Bozeman- Morgan State
Bruce Beckford- NC A&T
Karamo Jawara- NCCU

NFL HBCU Alumni Series: Dallas Cowboys



Most football fans know that the Dallas Cowboys are one of the NFL's most storied pro football franchises. What many people don't know is that the team owes much of its success to finding players from the HBCU ranks. Here is a list of the greatest Dallas Cowboys from historically black colleges.



Honorable Mention:

(Dallas News Photo)


Justin Durant, Hampton:

Durant has only played in fourteen games with the Cowboys, but he's starting to catch his stride. The former Hampton star and second round pick came up huge in the team's win against Seattle, recording nine tackles and breaking up one pass.

If he stays healthy, look for him to climb up this list.


Timmy Newsome, Winston-Salem State:

Newsome had the misfortune of playing for Dallas in between dynasties.

(Spokeo.com photo)



Jethro Pugh, Elizabeth City State

Pugh was a two-time All-CIAA defensive end at ECSU, leading Dallas to select him in the 11th round of the 1965 NFL Draft. Though best known for letting Bart Starr get past him in the Ice Bowl, Pugh was a solid defensive end, unofficially credited for 95.5 sacks.

(MSNBC photo)


Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson, Langston 

Henderson would definitely rank higher on this list, if drugs hadn't derailed his career. He managed to get picked in the first round despite coming from a small HBCU in Oklahoma that played in the NAIA, which should tell you something. He helped Dallas to three Super Bowls in five seasons, including a win in Super Bowl XII.



5. Nate Newton, FAMU

After turning down offers from bigger schools, Newton became a force as an offensive tackle in the second half of his college career. Despite going undrafted, he would play 16 seasons of pro football, most memorably with the Cowboys in the 90s.


4. Everson Walls, Grambling

Walls spent much of his early career having to prove he belonged. He started out at Grambling as a walk-on, and eventually to an All-American, picking off 11 passes as a senior. A slow 40 yard dash time kept him from getting drafted.

Like Newsome, he played in between dynasties, so he's been forgotten by many fans. Despite that, the four-time Pro Bowler left his mark on the NFL, finishing his career with 57 interceptions in a much more conservative passing era.



3. Ed "Too Tall" Jones

Originally a hoops player at Tennessee State, Jones eventually found his calling as a dominant defensive end. The Cowboys picked Jones first overall in 1974, the first time a player from an HBCU had ever been selected as the league's top overall pick.

Jones would show why he was so highly picked over the next decade and a half in the league. Jones was a three-time Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection, and helped Dallas win Super Bowl XII. Despite an unnofficial sack total of 106 (the stat wasn't kept for the first part of Jones' career), Jones has yet to make it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was, however, recognized by the Black College Football Hall of Fame.



2. Bob Hayes, FAMU 

Before Emmitt Smith made the Cowboys no. 22 a staple of 1990s jerseys, another Floridian had already put up big numbers in it. In fact, the case can be made that Smith should have never worn the jersey as it could have easily been retired by the time Smith joined the club in 1990.

Hayes was already world-famous when Dallas drafted him in the seventh round of the 1964 Draft. Hayes set the world record in the 100 yard dash, and then broke it, while he was still enrolled at FAMU.

A running back in Jake Gaither's offense, Hayes made the transition to NFL receiver with ease, earning Pro Bowl nods in his first three seasons. He would help Dallas win two NFC Championships as well as Super Bowl VI. Hayes would eventually find his way to the Hall of Fame, as he was selected in 2009, nearly seven years after his death.



1. Rayfield Wright, Fort Valley State

One of the most physically gifted athletes of his time, Wright played defensive end, tight end, free safety and even punted during his time at Fort Valley. The Cowboys drafted him in the seventh round and used him on both sides of the ball before making him a tackle full-time. The rest is history as Wright is now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 




Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Alabama State Tabbed SWAC Hoops Favorites




SWAC football may have all of the attention right now, but hoops season is right around the corner. The conference announced its annual preseason awards and predictions, and Alabama State looks to be the clear favorite heading into the 2014-15 season.

Alabama State returns every starter from last year's 19-13 squad. Headlining the returnees is SWAC Preseason Player of the Year LeAntwan Luckett and Preseason Defensive POY Luther Page. Both players were joined on the preseason first-team by forward Bobby Brown.

ASU finished just ahead of Southern in the preseason predictions, as ASU picked up 106 points and four first-place votes.

Here's the entire predicted finish:

TEAM
POINTS (FIRST Place Votes)
Alabama State106 (4)
Southern 95 (1)
Texas Southern 91 (3)
Arkansas Pine Bluff 76 (1)
Alcorn State 75 (1)
Prairie View 74 (1)
Alabama A&M 62 (1)
Jackson State 61
Mississippi Valley State 33
Grambling State 30 (1)


And the preseason all-conference squad:


FIRST TEAM
PositionPlayerSchool
GuardJamel Waters Alabama State
GuardMontrael ScottPrairie View
ForwardLeAntwan LuckettAlcorn State
ForwardBobby BrownAlabama State
CenterLuther PageAlabama State

SECOND TEAM
PositionPlayerSchool
GuardMarcel MoselyArkansas Pine -Bluff
GuardA’Torri ShineGrambling State
ForwardJose RodriquezTexas Southern
ForwardMarquis VanceAlcorn State
CenterOctavius BrownAlcorn State

Giants Sign Carlos Fields To Practice Squad



Former Winston-Salem State linebacker Carlos Fields has worn a lot of jerseys in the past year. The rookie linebacker signed with Oakland after going undrafted, then bounced to Tampa Bay after being cut. Two weeks after being let go by Tampa Bay, he's found his way to the practice squad for the New York Giants. 


Fields will join tight end Larry Donnell (Grambling) and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Tennessee State) as the HBCU player on the Giants roster.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bear Hunting: Morgan's Herb Walker Added To Payton Watch List.




Two months ago, Herb Walker was a backup running back on a Morgan State squad with low expectations. Now, he's on the short list for the most prestigous individual award in FCS football.

The 5'8 redshirt sophomore from Cleveland has been added to the watch list for the Walter Payton Award, given annually to the top player in the Football Championship Subdivision. 

Walker has been Morgan State's main weapon, rushing for 915 yards and eight touchdowns in six games. He's rushed for at least 100 yards in his team's last five games, and has two 200-yard rushing games.

He joins Alabama State's Malcolm Cyrus as the HBCU representatives on the list for the award named after the Jackson State legend. Alcorn State's Steve McNair was the last HBCU player to win the award.

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