With the college football season in the books, BOXTOROW, the national sports talk radio show that places major emphasis on HBCU Sports and which airs on radio stations around the country, released its annual All-American team.

Tennessee State led the way with six selections. TSU head coach Rod Reed was also selected BOXTOROW Coach of the Year.

With nine selections – four from National Champion Bethune-Cookman – the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) has the most representatives of any conference.

The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) had seven selections and the Central Interscholastic Athletic Association (CIAA) had four.

Southern quarterback Dray Joseph was named BOXTOROW Offensive Player of the Year. His teammate Lee Doss joined him as one of two wide receivers selected.

Shaw cornerback Darnell Evans was voted the Willie Davis BOXTOROW Defensive Player of the Year.

Boxtorow has selected an All-America team since 2007 and the voters are comprised of media members from around the nation that cover HBCU football.

Joseph was also named SWAC Co-Offensive Player of the Year. He led the SWAC in passing yards (3,573) and touchdowns (30). He completed 62 percent of his passes and twice threw for more than 400 yards in a game, helping lead the Jaguars to their first SWAC championship since 2003.

Isaiah Crowell of Alabama State and Jordan Anderson of Virginia State were selected as the running backs. Crowell carried the ball 170 times for 1,121 yards and 15 touchdowns, averaging 6.6 yards per carry. Anderson had 214 carries for 1,142 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Tennessee State guard Kadeem Edwards led all offensive linemen in votes. The other four linemen joining Edwards includes MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Year Tristan Bellamy of South Carolina State, Jackson State’s Jordan Arthur and a pair of Bethune-Cookman teammates in center Andrew Edourad and Alex Monroe, a 2011 BOXTOROW All-American.

Prairie View A&M wide receiver DeAndre Cooper was an integral part of the Panthers high-powered offense which is sixth in FCS in total offense (517.6). He led the SWAC in receptions (80) and touchdowns (12) while accumulating 1,038 receiving yards. Doss caught 78 passes for a SWAC leading 1,172 and 11 touchdowns, averaging 15 yards per reception.

Tight end A.C. Leonard of Tennessee State was named All-American for the second year in a row, recording 31 receptions for 441 yards, five touchdowns.

Tennessee State’s Anthony Bass was the leading vote-getter among defensive linemen. The Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Defensive Player of the Year registered 10 sacks, 14.5 tackles for loss, 34 tackles (18 solo), and four pass breakups. Joining Bass on the line is teammate Antonio Harper, Andrew Carter of South Carolina State and Shonquez Nelson of Saint Augustine’s. As a group the unit registered 41 sacks and 64.5 tackles for loss with Nelson leading all players in sacks (13) and tackles for loss (21.5).

MEAC Defensive Player of the Year Joe Thomas of South Carolina State leads the linebacking unit. The Bulldogs lead FCS in total defense and he led the MEAC in tackles (116), solo tackles (84), and tackles for loss (19.5), while recording 7.5 sacks and five pass breakups. Joining Thomas is two-time Boxtorow All-American Carlos Fields, III of Winston-Salem State, Jarkevis Fields of Bethune-Cookman and Nick Thrasher of Tennessee State, who led the OVC in tackles (112).

Tennessee State safety Daniel Fitzpatrick was the leading vote-getter in the defensive secondary. Fitzpatrick is second in FCS in interceptions with 8. He returned the interceptions for 140 yards and three touchdowns. He also broke up eight passes and registered 75 tackles (52 solo). Joining Fitzpatrick is Jackson State’s Qua Cox, making the team for the second-straight year, Nick Addison of Bethune-Cookman, and Evans. Evans led the nation with 11 interceptions, returning those interceptions for 279 yards and two touchdowns, while breaking up 10 passes, and recovering two fumbles, one of which he returned for a score.

The specialist team is made up of Hampton place kicker Anthony Prevost, Alabama State punter Bobby Wenzig, a repeat BOXTOROW All-American, and North Carolina Central return specialist Adrian Wilkins. Prevost connected on 17-of-19 field goals, an 89 percent connection rate. Wenzig averaged 42.8 yards per punt and had 24 punts of 50 yards or more. Wilkins returned five kicks for touchdowns (three kickoffs, two punts), ranked second in the MEAC in yards per kickoff return (30.3), and led the MEAC in yards per punt return yards (13.4).

Reed led the Tigers to their first appearance in the FCS Playoffs since 1999. The Tigers defeated Butler 31-0 in the first round before falling to Eastern Illinois. The Tigers finished the season 10-4 and finished as runner-ups in the BOXTOROW final coaches’ and media polls.

North Carolina A&T running back Tarik Cohen is the BOXTOROW Rookie of the Year. Also the MEAC’s Rookie of the Year and a first team All-MEAC selection, he led the conference in rushing (1,148) and rushing yards per game (104.4) scoring eight touchdowns and averaging 5.9 yards per carry.

Other then Morgan’s Punter, Lawrence Forbes, and Howard’s Quarterback, Greg McGhee and Defensive Back, Ademola Olatunji all receiving Honorable Mentions; the local area HBCU’s, Howard, Morgan, Bowie, and Coppin, are not significantly represented in this year’s BOXTOROW All-American HBCU football team recognition lists.

2013 BOXTOROW All-American Team

QB: Dray Joseph, Southern, Sr., New Orleans, La.
RB: Jordan Anderson, Virginia St. Grad., Houston, Texas
RB: Isaiah Crowell, Alabama State, Jr., Columbus, Ga.
OL: Jordan Arthur, Jackson State, Sr., Monroe, La.
OL: Tristan Bellamy, South Carolina St., r-Sr., Johnston, S.C.
OL: Andrew Edourad, Bethune-Cookman, Jr., Philadelphia, Pa.
OL: Kadeem Edwards, Tennessee State, Sr., Sanford, Fla.
OL: Alex Monroe Bethune-Cookman, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.
TE: A.C. Leonard, Tennessee State, Jr., Jacksonville, Fla.
WR: DeAndre Cooper, Prairie View A&M, r-Sr., Houston, Texas
WR: Lee Doss, Southern, r-Sr., New Orleans, La.

DL: Anthony Bass, Tennessee State, Jr., Clarksville, Tenn.
DL: Andrew Carter, South Carolina St., r-Jr., Hamlet, N.C.
DL: Antonio Harper, Tennessee State, r-Sr., Memphis, Tenn.
DL: Shonquez Nelson, Saint Augustine’s, Sr., Lake City, S.C.
LB: Carlos Fields, II, Winston-Salem State, Sr., Henderson, N.C.
LB: Jarkevis Fields, Bethune-Cookman, r-Sr., Sanford, Fla.
LB: Joe Thomas South Carolina St., r-Sr., Blackville, S.C.
LB: Nick Thrasher, Tennessee State, Jr., Morrow, Ga.
DB: Nick Addison, Bethune-Cookman, Jr., Tampa, Fla.
DB: Qua Cox, Jackson State, r-Sr., Tuskegee, Ala.
DB: Darnell Evans, Shaw, Sr., Madison, N.J.
DB: Daniel Fitzpatrick, Tennessee State, Jr., Ft. Wayne, Ind.

PK: Anthony Prevost, Hampton, Fr., Chesterfield, Va.
P: Bobby Wenzig, Alabama State, Sr., San Diego, Calif.
RS: Adrian Wilkins, North Carolina Central, r-Soph., Forest City, N.C.

*Indicates tie
2012 BOXTOROW All-American
2011 BOXTOROW All-American

Honorable Mention
QB: Greg McGhee, Howard
RB: Tarik Cohen, N.C. A&T; Marquise Grizzle, Shaw; Arnold Walker, Alcorn State
OL: Edmond Davis, Alabama State; Michael Sabb, Winston-Salem State; Isaac Sampson, Alcorn State; Christopher Tolbert, Tuskegee
TE: Joseph Hawkins, Norfolk State
WR: Robert Holland, Chowan; Tyler McDonald, South Carolina State
DL: Derrick Billups, Alabama State; Alex Glover, South Carolina State; Javancy Jones, Jackson State; Donnie Owens, Winston-Salem State, Robert Simpson, Mississippi Valley State
LB: Kourtney Berry, Alabama State; LeRon Furr, Fort Valley State; Jer-Ryan Harris, Arkansas-Pine Bluff; Chaz Robinson, Saint Augustine’s; Lynden Trail , Norfolk State
DB: Justin Blake, Hampton; Avery Boykin, Mississippi Valley State; Darrin Marrow, Norfolk State; Dexter Moody, Albany State; Ademola Olatunji, Howard; Thomas Wolfe III, Fort Valley State
PK: Jamin Godfrey, Tennessee State
P: Lawrence Forbes, Morgan State

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