Four from HBCUs invited to East-West Shrine Game
January 8, 2009
Tennessee State, Norfolk State and Stillman will have representation at the 84th East- West Shrine Game, which is scheduled for January 17, 2009 at the University of Houston’s Robertson Stadium.
TSU running back Javarris Williams and center Cecil Newton will play on offense while Norfolk State defensive back Don Carey and Stillman lineman Samie Lee Hill will be on defense for the East squad coached by former Maryland, Georgia Tech, Army and NFL head coach Bobby Ross. The West team will be led by former Alabama coach Gene Stallings.
Williams, a 5-11, 220 lb. native of Richmond, Texas, was named to the 2008 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Coaches All-America 1st team. He is the 2008 Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year after leading the conference in rushing average (103.7 ypg) last season often running behind blocks by teammate Newton.
Carey earned All-MEAC second-team distinction each of the last two seasons. He tallied 10 interceptions in his career, and tied for the MEAC-lead with five picks this past season. The three-time member of the MEAC Commissioner’s All-Academic team ended his career with 173 tackles, 34 pass deflections, four fumble recoveries, two blocked extra points and two defensive touchdowns, both coming in 2008.
Hill, a native of West Brockton, AL, was first team All-SIAC in 2008. He finished the season with 59 tackles, 15.5 for losses totaling 81 yards, 7.5 sacks. seven pass breakups, eight QB hurries and three fumble recoveries.