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SBN Sports Black College All-American Team announced

January 12, 2006

(Pittsburgh, PA ) – American Urban Radio Networks has announced the members of the 2005 SBN Sports Black College All-American (BCAA) Team. The team will be honored during the annual BCAA Awards Weekend February 17-18, 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Grambling State Tigers led the way with five players selected as members of the 2005 SBN Sports Black College All-American Team. Grambling State University quarterback Bruce Eugene was named “SBN Sports Doug Williams Offensive Player of the Year,” Hampton University linebacker Justin Durant was named “SBN Sports Mel Blount Defensive Player of the Year” and Hampton University Head Coach Joe Taylor was named “SBN Sports Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year.”

Bruce Eugene, Grambling State University, “SBN Sports Doug Williams Offensive Player of the Year” – During the season, the senior quarterback from New Orleans, Louisiana, completed 256 of 456 passes for 4408 yards. His 56 touchdown-passes tied the NCAA single-season mark and in three seasons he broke the NCAA career record for touchdown passes with 140. Eugene also won this award as a sophomore and was a two-time finalist for the Walter Payton Award presented annually to the top offensive player in I-AA football.

Justin Durant, Hampton University, “SBN Sports Mel Blount Defensive Player of the Year” – Durant was the captain of a Pirates defense that was second in the country in scoring defense, third in pass defense and sixth in total defense. The junior from Florence, South Carolina, recorded an MEAC season high with 124 tackles including 61 solo stops, 15 tackles for loss, five sacks, an interception and two fumble recoveries. Durant was also a repeat finalist for the Buch Buchanan Award presented annually to the top defensive player in 1-AA football.

Joe Taylor, Hampton University, “SBN Sports Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year” – Taylor guided the Pirates to an undefeated regular season, while earning back-to-back Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championships and NCAA playoff appearances along the way. The fourth winningest active Coach in Division 1-AA, Taylor improved his overall record to 181-71-4.

The 2005 SBN All-American Team includes Howard University Defensive back Antoine Bethea. He joins an elite group of athletes with his selection to the team for a third consecutive year. Past consecutive three-time awardees include, Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair, Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Tracy White, and former Denver Broncos tight end and current CBS Analyst Shannon Sharpe. Hampton University’s Justin Durant and his teammate Andrew Paterini were both members of the 2004 team.

The 2005 SBN Sports Black College All-American Team will be honored at the 32nd annual BCAA Awards Banquet on Saturday, February 18, 2005 at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia. The Master of Ceremonies for the event is Comedian, Actor and Genius, Michael Coylar, who will be joined on the stage by co-hosts Ty Miller, SBN Director of Sports and Anji Corley, Host of American Urban Radio Networks’ “The Hip HopWire.” International recording artist, Bob Baldwin, will provide musical entertainment during the event, featuring his latest jazz recording entitled “All In A Day’s Work.”

The Black College All American Awards Weekend (BCAA) recognizes and celebrates the academic and athletic achievements of student athletes who play football at America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Weekend activities include a welcoming reception, an NFL “Skull Session” breakfast and the gala awards ceremony. It is attended by past and present NFL greats including Doug Williams, Mel Blount, Robert Porcher and Michael Strahan, the members of the 2005 BCAA Team, their families, event sponsors and special invited guests.

Position Name School Height Weight Class Hometown
QB
Bruce Eugene Grambling
6-1
260
Sr.
New Orleans, LA
RB
Alonzo Coleman Hampton
5-11
190
Jr.
South Boston, VA
RB
Isaac Redman Bowie State
6-0
220
So.
Paulsboro, NJ
WR
Henry Tolbert Grambling
6-0
205
Jr.
Birmingham, AL
WR
Kenneth Henderson Tuskegee
5-9
185
Sr.
Chattanooga, TN
TE
Jonathan Allen Norfolk State
6-5
235
Jr.
Virginia Beach, VA
OL
Gerrell Golightly Hampton
6-3
300
Sr.
Lancaster, TX
OL
Fred Nolan Bethune-Cookman
6-3
300
r-Sr.
Daytona Beach, FL
OL
Clyde Reed S.C. State
6-6
275
Jr.
Plantersville, SC
OL
Jonathan Banks Grambling
6-8
360
Sr.
Baton Rouge, LA
OL
Ronald Simmons Albany State
6-3
275
Sr.
Crescent City, FL
PK
Andrew Paterini Hampton
6-0
205
Jr.
Gladstone, MO
DL
Joe Sykes Southern
6-5
270
Sr.
Grenada, MS
DL
Martin Jackson Alcorn State
6-4
250
Jr.
New Orleans, LA
DL
Jason Hatcher Grambling
6-6
285
Sr.
Jena, LA
DL
Alton Pettway Albany State
6-3
255
Jr.
Bay Minette, AL
LB
Justin Durant Hampton
6-2
235
Jr.
Florence, SC
LB
Sam Smith Delaware State
6-1
200
Sr.
St.Petersburg, FL
LB
Tyler Knight Mississippi Valley
6-0
210
Jr.
North Little Rock, AR
DB
Antoine Bethea Howard
5-10
175
Sr.
Newport News, VA
DB
Bobbie Williams Bethune-Cookman
6-0
190
r-So.
Miami, FL
DB
Marcus Wright Kentucky State
5-11
175
Sr.
Eminence, KY
DB
Jamar Landrom Tennessee State
6-3
215
Sr.
Pontiac, MI
P
Eric Contos Delaware State
5-10
175
Sr.
Red Mountain, AZ

Bruce Eugene, Grambling State University, “SBN Sports Doug Williams Offensive Player of the Year”
Justin Durant, Hampton University, “SBN Sports Mel Blount Defensive Player of the Year”
Joe Taylor, Hampton University, “SBN Sports Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year

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