On Sunday December 9, 2019 34 HBCU football players representing 17 schools and all four HBCU conferences in FCS and Division-II will participate in The FCS National Bowl.  The game will be played at Spec Martin Stadium in DeLand, FL where D1-FCS Stetson University plays their home games. The game will air live on FloFootball.com at 1:30 pm EST.

The FCS National Bowl is an annual post-season college football all-star game consisting of the top players from college football FCS schools. The inaugural FCS National Bowl was played in December 2014 at FIU Stadium and moved to Daytona Beach Stadium in Daytona Beach, FL in 2016 which is home to FCS Bethune-Cookman Football. The National Bowl and FCS Bowl all star weekend for Non-FBS schools has been the only games of its kind to attract numerous NFL & CFL scouts.  37 FCS-National Bowl players from the 2018 game found themselves on pro football rosters in 2019 with 22 of them on NFL rosters.  For more information on the 6th Annual Spiral FCS Bowl, visit https://www.fcsbowl.com/home, and on Twitter @FCSBowl.

This year’s roster of HBCU players features all-conference players such as Central State’s All-SIAC first-team running back Terraris Saffold, St. Augustine’s All-CIAA first-team defensive selection linebacker Durrell Nash, Chowan’s all-time career rusher and All-CIAA first-team running back in 2018, Tyrell Freeman, and Howard’s all-time receptions leader and 2018 first-team All-MEAC first-team wide receiver, Kyle Anthony.

Here are the rosters and some profiles of HBCU football players on the Blue and Red team:

2019 FCS Bowl Roster (HBCUFB Players ONLY)

BLUE Team

(Jersey # – Name – School – Position – Ht, Wt)

2 – Isaiah Pierre – ECSU – DB/CB/S – 5’10” 183

8 – Cameron Booty – Langston Univ. – RB/WR – 5’10” 205

12 – Glen Irons – Langston Univ. – WR/RB/KR/PR – 5’10, 175

16 – Dejerric Bryant – Mississippi Valley State – QB – 5’9”, 178

17 – Jordan Cartwright – Livingstone College – WR – 6’2” , 205

19 – Hakeem Holland – Virginia Union – RB/WR – 5’9” 190

20 – Romario Mckenzie – Central State University – K – 6’2”  185

22 – Marquese Lewis – Kentucky State Univ. – WR/TE – 6’2-½” 225

27 – Lawrence Brown – ECSU – LB – 6’1”, 220

28 – Marcellos Allison – Howard – LB/TE – 6’4”, 238

44 – Jacoby Blackmon – Virginia Union – DL – 6’2” 265

66 – Elliott Baldwin – Winston-Salem State – OL – 6’0” , 280

77 – Josh Fields – ECSU – OL/OT – 6’6” , 330

81 – Kyle Anthony – Howard – WR – 6’2”, 205

 

Mississippi Valley State quarterback Dejerric Bryant led the Delta Devils with 676 yards rushing and 8 TDs, averaging 61.45 ypg. He passed for 1,097 yards, 11 TDs and 8 INTs. He was SWAC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance on October 22 in a 48-47 comeback win over UAPB where MVSU was down two touchdowns. Bryant rushed 23 times for 174 yards and 3 TDs, while passing 11-19, 117 yards. In 2018, he established himself as a dual-threat as the team’s leading rusher with 389 yards and 622 yards passing with 4 TDs, among 2 other quarterbacks that saw action.

Howard wide receiver Kyle Anthony caught 70 passes for 786 yards and 6 TDs in 2019. He had a season-high 10 reception, 146 yards and 3 TD game against Youngstown State on September 7. He was an All-MEAC first-team offense selection in 2018 with 53 receptions, 659 yards and 6 receiving TDs. In his four years at Howard, Anthony played in 44 games, caught 203 passes for 2,744 yards and 23 TDs. He finished his career as the all-time career reception leader in Howard football history.

ECSU’s Isaiah Pierre had 55 tackles with 31 solo, 3 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 1 fumble return, 1 INT and 2 pass breakup. Against Chowan on October 26, he had a season-high 15 tackles with 8 solo and 1 interception.

ECSU’s Lawrence Brown had 63 tackles with 29 solo on the season. 4 TFL, 1 sack, 2 forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and an interception. The INT cam against Virginia Union where he also had recorded a season-high 9 tackles (4 solo).

Langston running back Cameron Booty highlighted a great 2018 season as the Sooner Athletic Conference Athlete of the Year, and first-team all-conference selection, after tallying 593 yards on 80 carries (7.4 ypr) with 2 TD. He also caught 28 passes for 461 yards and eight scores, and punted 26 times for an average of 32.8 yards per punt.

Livingston wide receiver Jordan Cartwright played in seven games and caught 22 passes for 290 yards (11.36 ypr) and a touchdown. On October 12 against St. Augustine’s he had a season-high 5 receptions and 71 receiving yards.

Virginia Union defensive lineman Jacoby Blackmon played in 10 games in 2019 and had 26 tackles (14 solo), 3.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks.

 

RED Team

(Jersey # – Name – School – Position – Ht, Wt)

6 – Durrell Nash – St.Augustine – LB – 6’2” 235

8 – Tyrek Allen – Alabama State – WR/SLOT – 6’1”, 185

10 – Demichael Mcqueen – Lane – LB, 5’10” 220

16 – Kevin Greenhow – Central State – WR/QB/KR/PR – 6’3”, 205

21 – Raheem Coxfield – Livingstone – LB/ILB – 5’10, 225

23 – Terraris Saffold – Central State – RB/KR – 6’0”, 190

25 – Marquis Adams – Livingstone College – FB – 6’1”, 280

26 – Jonathan Powell – Kentucky State Univ. – WR – 6’1”, 178

32 – Darius Meadors – Central State – FB/TE – 6’0”, 250

45 – Tyrell Freeman – Chowan University – RB – 6’0” 220

46 – Traviontae Brown – Benedict College – DB/CB – 6’0, 175

54 – Christian Lassiter – Central State – DE – 6’0” 260

55 – Dante Ogburn – Lane – OL/OC/OG – 6’2” 300

56 – Tyler Chambers – Winston-Salem State – OL – 5’11” 320

57 – Gibson Ziah – Livingstone College – DE/OLB – 6’2”, 225

60 – Christopher Roberts – Kentucky St – DT/OG – 6’2-½” , 330

70 – Aaron Ray – Chowan – OL – 6’6”, 310

83 – Chris Long – Texas Southern – TE – 6’4”, 245

88 – Chris Brooks – Fayetteville State Univ – TE – 6’2”, 235

91 – Daventa Adams – Livingstone College – DL – 6’3” 256

 

St. Augustine’s linebacker Durrell Nash was an All-CIAA first-team defense selection in 2019 as he led the conference in tackles (92) and tackles per game (10.2). He ranked 18th nationally in Division-II in tackles per game. Nash also tallied 9 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 2 INTs, 5 BreakUps, 7 Pass Defended.

Alabama State wide receiver Tyrek Allen caught 29 passes for 267 yards and 3 TDs in 2019. In 2018, Allen led the Hornets in receiving yards (351) over 12 catches for an average of 29.25 per reception with 3 TDs all over 50 yards.

Central State wide receiver Kevin Greenhow played in 6 games in 2019. He had 21 receptions for 279 yards and 1 TD. In 2018, Greenhow had 34 catches in 8 games for 880 yards and 9 TDs. He averaged 25.88 yards per catch and 110 yards per game. He was selected to the 2018 All-SIAC first-team offense and named 2018 Newcomer of the Year.

Central State running back/return specialist Terraris Saffold is a two-time All-SIAC first-team offense selection in 2018 and 2019. In 2019, Saffold led the SIAC in  all-purpose yards with 1,681 in 10 games, which was the 7th best average per game in the nation (Division-II) at 168.10 ypg,. He had 203 rushing attempts for 962 yards and 8 TDs, averaging 96.20 ypg. Against Fort Valley State on October 12, Saffold rushed a career-high 235 yards, 3 touchdowns with a 73 yard longest run. Saffold also gained 628 yards as a kick returner. Against Alabama A&M on September 28, he had 7 returns for 175 yards.  In 2018, Saffold gained 1,732 all-purpose yards (874 rushing, 362 receiving, 496 kick return) and 11 touchdowns.

Lane College linebacker DeMichael McQueen led the Dragons in tackles over 10 games this past season. He had 86 total tackles (42 solo), 14 TFL, 2 sacks, 3 INTs with a TD, 1 BreakUp, 4 Pass Defensed, 4 QBH, 1 FR, 1 FF.

Kentucky State’s Jonathan Powell was the Thorobreds primary receiver when the run-heavy offense decided to pass the ball.  Powell led the team with 17 receptions, 413 yards and 5 touchdowns in 10 games played for a per reception average of 24.3. (Note: KSU only threw 70 passes this season, completing 31 with 9 receiving touchdowns.)

Chowan’s Tyrell Freeman is one of the most decorated running backs in Chowan football history. In 2018 Freeman was an All-Super Region Two first-team selection, as well as an All-CIAA first-team running back. He set the schools single season record for rushing yards (1,292, which was broken in 2019) and rushing touchdowns (14). He set the schools and conference’s single game rushing record on November 4, 2017 against Lincoln-PA when he ran for 308 net yards. He is the all-time career rushing yards record holder (2,439). He was limited to just 5 games in 2019 where he totaled 18 attempts, 134 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also caught 7 passes for 56 yards.

Benedict’s Traviontae Brown tied for the team lead in pass breakups this past season with seven, had 8 passes defended and had an interception the he returned 45 yards for a touchdown. Following his junior season (2018), Brown was named to the AFCA Division II Coaches’ All-American Team, becoming the first Benedict football player to receive this honor.  Brown was one of eight players named as part of the 2019 preseason watch list for the Black College Football Hall of Fame Deacon Jones Trophy.

Livingstone defensive lineman Gibson Ziah was a All-CIAA first-team defensive linemen selection in 2019. Ziah had a team-high 18.5 tackles for loss and 34 solo tackles with 49 total tackles. He also had 9.5 sacks, 3 BreakUps, 6 QBH, 1 FR, 2 FF. He was 2nd in the conference in TFL and 3rd in conference with sacks.

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