New­comer of the Year

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ET­TRICK — Both a player and a coach from Virginia State Foot­ball earned high na­tional-level hon­ors for their achieve­ments in the 2016 sea­son.

In Dr. Cavil’s HBCU Foot­ball Mid-Ma­jor Di­vi­sion (NCAA Di­vi­sion II & NAIA), VSU Tro­jans head coach Reg­gie Bar­low was named New­comer Coach of the Year. Bar­low in his first year at the helm of the Tro­jans led his team to a 9-2 over­all record - an im­prove­ment from their 6-4 re­sult in 2015 - and also to a sec­ond place fin­ish in the CIAA North­ern Di­vi­sion with a 5-2 mark in the con­fer­ence.

Bryant Fra­zier of Virginia State Foot­ball was named the 2016 HBCU Foot­ball MidMa­jor Di­vi­sion De­fen­sive Player of the Year. Fra­zier, a se­nior de­fen­sive line­man from Glen Allen, amassed 34 solo tack­les and 55 tack­les plus as­sists in 11 games played and led the con­fer­ence in sacks with 14.5. He added 24 tack­les for loss, three quar­ter­back hur­ries and two forced fum­bles.

Sev­eral play­ers from Virginia State and the CIAA Foot­ball con­fer­ence also made First Team on the 2016 Dr. Cavil’s HBCU Foot­ball MidMa­jor Di­vi­sion All-Amer­i­can Team.

See be­low the top hon­ors and first-team se­lects:

HBCU MID-MA­JOR DI­VI­SION COACH OF THE YEAR

Kienus Boul­ware, (9-3, 7-0) Win­ston-Salem State Univer­sity

HBCU MID-MA­JOR DI­VI­SION NEW­COMER COACH OF THE YEAR

Reg­gie Bar­low, (9-2, 5-2) Virginia State Univer­sity

HBCU MID-MA­JOR DI­VI­SION DE­FEN­SIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

DL, Bryant Fra­zier, Virginia State Univer­sity, Se­nior, Glen Allen, VA

HBCU MID-MA­JOR DI­VI­SION OF­FEN­SIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

RB, Kievon Jack­son, Lang­ton Univer­sity, Se­nior, New Or­leans, LA

THE HBCU GRID­IRON OF­FEN­SIVE FIRST TEAM (MID-MA­JOR DI­VI­SION) OF­FENSE

QB, Amir Hall, Bowie State Univer­sity, Sopho­more, Bowie, MD

RB, Tren­ton Can­non, Virginia State Univer­sity, Ju­nior, Hamp­ton, VA

RB, Kievon Jack­son, Lang­ton Univer­sity, Se­nior, New Or­leans, LA

WR, Nyme Manns, Bowie State Univer­sity, r-Se­nior, Bal­ti­more, MD

WR, La­va­tiae Kelly, Virginia Union Univer­sity, Ju­nior, Mi­ami, FL

TE, Vic­tor Tabbs, El­iz­a­beth City State Univer­sity, Se­nior, Suit­land, MD

OL, Jose Montes de Oca, Langston Univer­sity, Se­nior, Los An­ge­les, CA

OL, Kelvin Shel­ton, Tuskegee Univer­sity, Se­nior, San Jac­into, CA

OL, Tyshon Hen­der­son, Clark At­lanta Univer­sity, r-Ju­nior, Ne­wark, N.J.

OL, Jac’Que Po­lite, Win­stonSalem State Univer­sity, Se­nior, Ridge­land, SC

OL, Abra­ham Gar­cia, Virginia Union Univer­sity, Se­nior, Fort Laud­erdale, FL

THE HBCU GRID­IRON DE­FEN­SIVE FIRST TEAM (MID-MA­JOR DI­VI­SION) DE­FENSE

DL, Whit­ney Richard­son, Lane Col­lege, Ju­nior. Perkin­ston, MS

DL, Do­minique Han­ni­bal, Shaw Univer­sity, Se­nior, Ch­e­sa­peake, VA

DL, Bryant Fra­zier, Virginia State Univer­sity, Se­nior, Glen Allen, VA

DL, Jar­rell Bright, Win­stonSalem State Univer­sity, Sopho­more, Charlotte, NC

LB, David Smith, More­house Col­lege, Ju­nior, New­port News, VA

LB, Deonate Gary, Cen­tral State Univer­sity, Se­nior, Lake­land, FL

LB, Os­band Thomp­son, Tuskegee Univer­sity, Ju­nior, Mi­ami, FL

DB, Brian Walker, Fort Val­ley State Univer­sity, Se­nior, Cairo, GA

DB, Carlo Thomas, John­son C. Smith Univer­sity, Ju­nior, East Orange NJ

DB, Cedric Poole, Miles Col­lege, Se­nior, Birm­ing­ham, AL

DB, Ed­ward Kirk­land, Bene­dict Col­lege, Ju­nior, Columbia, SC

THE HBCU GRID­IRON SPE­CIAL TEAMS FIRST TEAM (MIDMA­JOR DI­VI­SION) -FIRST TEAMSPECIAL TEAMS

K, Will John­son, Win­stonSalem State Univer­sity, Se­nior, High Point, NC

KR, La­va­tiae Kelly, Virginia Union Univer­sity, Ju­nior, Mi­ami, FL

P, Juan Serna, Fort Val­ley State Univer­sity, Ju­nior, Dou­glasville, GA

RS, Cedric Peo­ples, Miles Col­lege, Se­nior, Birm­ing­ham, AL

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