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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

HBCU Gameday's Preseason FCS All-American Team (Defense)

DL Anthony Bass, Tennessee State
DL Andrew Carter, South Carolina State
DL Miles Grooms, Hampton
DL Alex Glover, South Carolina State

LB Lynden Trail, Norfolk State
LB Javancy Jones, Jackson State
LB D'Vonte Grant, North Carolina A&T

DB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tennessee State
DB Darrin Morrow, Norfolk State
DB Avery Boykin, Mississippi Valley
DB Cameron Alston, Howard


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

FAMU's Marching 100 To Sit Out Vs. Jackson State

(Tampa.com photo)

The return of FAMU's Marching 100 was the big story heading into last season. As we approach 2014, the question is how many times will we see the famed marching band. Doug Blackburn of the Tallahassee Democrat is reporting that the band will not travel to the season over against Jackson State on Saturday.

This news comes a day after it was revealed that FAMU asked for a share of revenue's from Tennessee State's homecoming game to bring the band. FAMU president Elmira Mangum lobbied for the revenue share for weeks, estimating that Tennessee State will make $80,000 off the game.

"I need a whole lot of things before I let the band go to Tennessee State," Mangum said. "So, that's my position on it."

While it is unfortunate that the band won't be in Jackson and may not make it to Tennessee, it makes sense financially. FAMU's athletic department has been in financial trouble for years, and moving around a band the size of the 100 costs money. Also, the 100 is arguably the program's biggest marketing tool.

It would be a shame to see FAMU's band only play at home contests and the Florida Classic, but don't be surprised if it happened. If you live in the Sunshine State, the only place you may be able to catch the Marching 100 is on Youtube.

HBCU Gameday Preseason FCS All-American Team (Offense)

QB Mike German, Tennessee State: First quarterback to lead an HBCU to an FCS playoff win in the 21st century.

2nd Team: Ben Anderson (UAPB)

RB Tarik Cohen, NC A&T: Led the MEAC in rushing as a freshman.

RB Courtney Brown, Prairie View A&M: Leading returning rusher in the SWAC.

2nd Team: Malcolm Cyrus (Alabama State) and Jonta Hebert (Prairie View)

WR Willie Quinn, Southern: After one year in Lee Doss' shadow, Quinn is now the vet in the Southern receiving corps.

WR Milton Williams, Delaware State: Will be looking to continue his improvement from 2013.

2nd Team: Montarious Smith (Alabama A&M), Julian Stafford (Mississippi Valley)

TE Jordan Payne, Alcorn State: Nine of his 24 catches went for scores in 2013. 

OL Robert Myers, Tennessee State 

OL Darren Pinnock, Morgan State 

OL Willie Robinson, NC A&T

OL Jonathan Smith, Jackson State

OL Anthony Mosley, Southern 

K Anthony Prevost, Hampton

KR Adrian Wilkins, NCCU: Wilkins returned kickoffs to the house three times in 2013. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Morgan State Freshman Dies After Practice Collapse


A Morgan State football player is dead less than a week before what would have been his first college football game. Marquese Meadows, a freshman defensive lineman for the Bears, died Sunday morning according to multiple reports.

The 18 year-old had been hospitalized for two weeks after collapsing at practice on Aug. 10.

Meadow, a Washington native, was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital, and then to Hopkins, following practice on Aug. 10, according to Clinton Coleman, director of public relations and communications at Morgan. Coleman said Meadow was hospitalized since then, and was showing signs of improvement before his condition began to deteriorate Saturday.

"Our prayers go out to the family for comfort at this time," Coleman said. "He was a well-liked young man on the team."

Morgan State is set to open up the season Saturday at Eastern Michigan. Thoughts and prayers go out to Meadows' family and the Bears.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sackmasters: Top Five HBCU FCS D-Linemen

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Anthony Bass, Tennessee State 

Tennessee State had a great season last year, and defense was a big part of that. One of the biggest reasons for TSU's success was its pass rush, led by Bass. The junior recorded 10 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss en route to earning Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year Honors. Look for more of the same this season as TSU challenges for the OVC title.

(TheTandD.com photo)

Andrew Carter, South Carolina State

Carter led the MEAC with 11 sacks in 13 games last season, helping the team get back to the playoffs after a down 2012 season. He also recorded 15 tackles behind the line in 2013.

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Miles Grooms, Hampton

2013 was another disappointing season in Pirateland, but little of that blame falls on Miles Grooms' broad shoulders. The 6'4, 245 pound defensive end had a monster sophomore season, racking up 9.5 sacks and a total of 18.5 tackles for loss. By the time Grooms is finished at Hampton, he could break some records.

(Thetandd.com photo)

Alex Glover, South Carolina State 

Glover teamed with Andrew Carter to give South Carolina State one of the most fearsome pass-rushing tandems in the FCS last season. Glover came up with 9.5 sacks and a total of 14.5 sacks behind the line. Look for more of the same in 2014.

(AP Photo)

Amir Bloom, Texas Southern

Bloom's eight sacks in nine games accounted for nearly half of Texas Southern's 2013 quarterback takedowns. The 6'4, 245 pound defensive end recorded a team-high 13.5 stops behind the line during his sophomore season.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Grambling Hoops' Top Scorer To Transfer

For the second time in less than five days, a Lousisana member of the SWAC has lost one of its best players. Grambling's Antwan Scott is reportedly leaving the team, according to Sean Isabella of the News-Star. 

Scott led Grambling with a 15.7 points per game average in the 2013-2014 season.

“I’m just trying to go somewhere my senior year with a better opportunity to win and surround myself with people around me that can help be success and get to the next level, not saying Grambling State wouldn’t have done that, but I felt it was a good opportunity to play at a bigger stage,” Scott said.

Scott's departure comes a week after former Elizabeth City State coach Shawn Walker was announced as the program's new head coach.

Southern's Calvin Godfrey announced he would be transferring on Saturday.

Top Five MEAC WRs

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Milton Williams, Delaware State 

Heading into the 2013 season, there were big questions about Delaware State's passing game. And with only 18 catches in two seasons, Milton Williams didn't necessarily look like the answer. But the 6'3, 200lb receiver from D.C. came up big from the start, going for 10 catches and 112 yards against Delaware. He followed that up with nine catches and a touchdowns against FCS power Towson.

For the season, Williams lead the MEAC with 58 catches and finished second with 888 yards, including five 100-plus yard games.

(DSUHornets.com photo)

Malik Golston, Delaware State 

While teams had their hands full with Williams, Golston was no easy out. The redshirt freshman came up big in 2013, finishing second to Williams with 55 catches in his first season of action. Unfortunately, Williams name has been in the headlines for the wrong reason during this offseason. Provided he comes back next season, he and Williams should easily form the best pass-catching combination in the MEAC in 2014.

(Michigan Exposures photo)
Brandon Flanagan, Howard 

Even the greatest quarterbacks need a safety blanket. For Greg McGhee, the top quarterback in the MEAC, Flanagan was that blanket in 2013. The diminutive receiver caught at least four passes in all but two games for the Bison. Look for him to be a consistent target again in 2014.

(Hampton photo)

Twarn Mixson, Hampton

Much like quarterback Brian Bailey, Mixson didn't see much playing time the first portion of 2013. But once he did, he caught fire. His breakout game came against Norfolk State, where he caught four passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. Look for his receptions (22) to go up in Connell Maynor's uptempo offense.

(Herald Sun photo)

Adrian Wilkins, North Carolina Central

Known mostly for his kick return abilities, Wilkins showed flashes of explosiveness on offense as well. He lead NCCU with 37 catches and four touchdowns in 2013. Look for the Eagles to try to get him more touches in the passing game for 2014.

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