HBCU Football

Gimme 5: Top 5 contenders for HBCU Football Player of the Year

Quarterbacks dominate as three out of the five are signal-callers

ESPN football analyst Jay Walker has seen them all play. Now, here’s his midseason ranking of the top 5 candidates for HBCU Football Player of the Year.

These leading contenders from historically black colleges and universities are:

5. North Carolina A&T All-American cornerback Franklin “Mac” McCain is the team leader in tackles and has two interceptions this season, one returned 100 yards for a touchdown in the Aggies’ win against East Carolina.

4. Prairie View A&M quarterback Jalen Morton, a redshirt sophomore, has thrown for five touchdowns, averages 240 yards passing a game and has run for five scores.

3. Howard quarterback Caylin Newton has thrown for 15 touchdowns and averages 319 yards passing a game while rushing for 309 yards and one touchdown for the 2-3 Bison.

2. Prairie View A&M all-purpose running back Dawonya Tucker has rushed for 817 yards and four touchdowns on only 104 carries in seven games.

1. Bowie State quarterback Amir Hall is the passing yardage leader in NCAA Division II, with 2,316 yards, averaging more than 330 yards a game, and 17 touchdowns.