The NFL draft is less than a month away. In fact, the draft will be held April 26–28. There are a number of NFL prospects from historically Black colleges and universities around the country who will be available for the draft.
The list includes some of the top players from the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Southwestern Athletic Conference and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference as well as some HBCUs from the NAIA ranks. Although there haven’t been many Black college players taken in the draft recently, these prospects have a way of making it on to many NFL rosters as free agents.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Philadelphia Eagles defensive back, was a first-round pick out of Tennessee State in 2008 when he was selected by the Arizona Cardinals. Rodgers-Cromartie was the last HBCU player taken in the first round. A year ago, Kenrick Ellis, Hampton University defensive tackle, was selected in the third round by the New York Jets. There were three other players taken in the seventh round.
There’s a chance you could hear some of these names on draft day. If not, don’t be surprised if a number of these players land somewhere as an undrafted free agent. A good example is Isaac Redman, who played his college football at Bowie State. In 2009, Redman, a solid running back, wasn’t drafted. He currently plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Redman has already played in the NFL playoffs and a Super Bowl in just two seasons.
Write some of these names down starting with the local players from Cheyney University and Lincoln University.
Tim Hume, Cheyney University, defensive lineman:
Hume had a great year. The 6-foot-1, 260-pounder, was a major player of the defensive line for Cheyney. Hume was named All Super Region One Defensive Player of the Year by the Don Hansen’s Football Gazette. He was named by Beyond Sports Network as a Division II second team All-American.
Hume was chosen as the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award (Division II Lineman of the Year). He led the conference in tackles for loss with 21.5. Hume was the team leader with 6.5 sacks. He also had 62 total tackles.
Brandon McElwee, Lincoln University, linebacker:
McElwee had a tremendous season. He was the NCAA Division II statistical leader in solo tackles with 79. He led the team with 114 total tackles. He was named to Don Hansen’s Division II USA College Sports Senior All-American Team and the Beyond Sports College Network All-American first team. He was an All-CIAA first team defense selection. He also played in the Division II vs. NAIA Senior Bowl.
Daron Jones, Lincoln University, linebacker:
Jones was named to Don Hansen’s Division II USA College Sports Senior All-American Team and the Beyond Sports College Network All-American first team. He was second on the team in tackles and third in the CIAA. He returned three interceptions for touchdowns. The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder, played in the third annual HBCU All-Star Bowl.
Brucelee Sterile, Lincoln University, linebacker:
Sterile has great quickness and knows how to find the football. He’s a good tackler. The 5-foot-10, 200-pounder, had 32 total tackles. He was a Don Hansen Division II USA College Sports Senior All-American.
Casey Therriault, Jackson State, quarterback:
Therriault is one of the best quarterbacks in the FCS (Football Championship Subdivision). The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder, completed 272-of-453 passes for 3,808 yards with 27 touchdowns. He had five games where he threw for more than 300 yards.
Nicholas Cooper, Winston-Salem State, running back:
Cooper rushed for 1,712 yards this season. He averaged 7.0 yards a carry and scored 21 touchdowns. The 6-foot, 240-pound running back, has power and speed. He led Winston-Salem State to the NCAA Division II semifinals.
Mike Mayhew, North Carolina A&T, running back:
Mayhew, a 5-foot-10, 195-pounder, rushed for 1,120 yards while scoring nine touchdowns. He was named co-MEAC Offensive Player of the Year.
David Carter, Morehouse, running back:
Carter, a 5-foot-11, 225-pounder, was one of the top running backs in the SIAC. He led the conference in rushing with 1,495 yards and scored 19 touchdowns. He averaged 6.4 yards a carry.
Nick Andrews, Alabama State, wide receiver:
Andrews is a small receiver like the Philadelphia Eagles DeSean Jackson. At 5-foot-9, 170-pounds, he knows how to get open. Andrews led the SWAC in receptions (78) and receiving yards (1,095) while scoring 10 touchdowns this season.
Willie Carter, Howard, wide receiver:
Carter, a 6-foot-1, 202-pounder, had 60 receptions for 731 yards and seven touchdowns. He averaged 12.2 yards a catch. He’s been one of the top receivers in the MEAC over the last four years.
Renty Rollins, Jackson State, tight end:
Rollins can block and run good pass routes. The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder, had 39 receptions for 591 yards and five TDs. He averaged 15.2 yards a catch.
Mario Louis, Grambling State, wide receiver:
Louis is one of the most explosive players in the SWAC. He has great speed and terrific moves in the open field. He led the conference in yards per catch with 21.3. The 6-foot, 190-pounder, scored 17 TDs.
Kendall Noble, Norfolk State, offensive lineman:
Noble, a 6-foot-4, 290-pounder, is a good run and pass blocker. He can really move his feet.
Ryan Davis, Bethune-Cookman, defensive lineman:
Davis, a 6-foot-4, 240-pounder, was named the MEAC Defensive Player of the Year. He led the conference with 12 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss while recording 60 total tackles.
Adrian Hamilton, Prairie View A&M, defensive lineman:
Hamilton was named the co-SWAC Defensive Player of the Year. The 6-foot-3, 255-pounder, led the nation with 20.5 sacks and was second with 26.5 tackles for losses totaling 126 yards. He also had 81 total tackles.
Cory Hart, Alabama A&M, defensive lineman:
Hart, a 6-foot-3, 230-pounder, led the country in tackles for loss (27.0) and had 14 sacks. He can really get to the quarterback.
Cliff Exama, Grambling State, linebacker:
Exama, a 6-foot, 230-pounder, led the SWAC with 139 total tackles. He was the conference co-Defensive Player of the year. He had 17.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and four passes defended.
Corwin Hammond, Norfolk State, linebacker:
Hammond, a 6-foot-1, 220-pounder, had 120 total tackles with 13 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. He knows how to come up and make plays against the run.
Alton Keaton, Winston-Salem State, defensive back:
Keaton was named the CIAA Defensive Player of the year. The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder, has the speed to run with most receivers. He has good anticipation. He’s a good tackler, too.
Christian Thompson, South Carolina State, free safety:
Thompson, a 6-foot, 211-pounder, attended the NFL Combine. He had 46 solo tackles and one interception.
Micah Pellerin, Hampton, defensive back:
Pellerin had 41 total tackles, two interceptions and 14 pass breakups this season. He was one of two HBCU players that attended the NFL Combine.
Moses Ellis, Prairie View A&M, defensive back:
Ellis, a 5-foot-8, 170-pounder, has been a solid defensive back. He can play the run as well as the pass. He had 36 total and 26 solo tackles this season.
ESPNU will debut “40 Minutes of Hell,” the latest installment in the new SEC “Storied” documentary series on February 11 at 9 p.m. The film explores the rise, fall and re-birth of a legendary coach and a time when the state of Arkansas was at the epicenter of American culture.
In the early 1990’s, Arkansas had a lot of success. Bill Clinton, former governor, was sworn in as president of United States while the University of Arkansas became one of the top college basketball teams in the country. The man behind the Razorbacks’ success was head coach Nolan Richardson. His “40 minutes of hell” playing style turned up the pressure for an entire game aiming to eventually break down opponents. It was an approach that embodied Richardson’s personality.
Richardson grew up in El Paso, Texas, and endured segregation that he carried with him into adulthood. When Richardson became a coach after his playing days at Texas Western University, he looked for players who could execute his intense full court system. After a successful run at Tulsa, Richardson in 1985 became the first African-American head coach in the Southwest Conference when he took over the Arkansas men’s team. By the early 90s, as Arkansas moved to the Southeastern Conference, the coach had turned the Razorbacks into a powerhouse, culminating in the 1994 national championship. But what happens when the pressure becomes too great even for the one creating it?
As Richardson struggled to keep winning at the level achieved in the early-to-mid 90s, he was under scrutiny. By 2002, his anger over criticism was palpable and he was dismissed. He fired back with a wrongful termination lawsuit. In 2009, after years of division, Richardson and his players were invited back to celebrate the 15th anniversary of their championship run. The hiring of Richardson’s former assistant coach Mike Anderson has only further strengthened the once severed bond between the coach and his school as both sides work toward a path of healing.
Boyle, Pierce, Robinson named ECAC All-Stars
Three Temple football standouts – senior offensive lineman Pat Boyle, junior running back Bernard Pierce and senior defensive end Adrian Robinson were named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Football Bowl Subdivision All-Stars. Pierce was also named the 2011 ECAC Offensive Player of the Year.
The ECAC will honor its team of 27 FBS All-Stars on February 16 at the annual ECAC Awards banquet at the Lexus Club at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Pierce, a three-time All-MAC selection, became Temple’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns (53), total touchdowns (54), points scored (162), and 100-yard rushing games (nine), while setting records for rushing TDs in a game (5 at Maryland) and points scored (30 at Maryland). Last week, Pierce announced that he would forego his senior season to enter the 2012 NFL draft.
Temple’s Wyatt, McCarthy named Players of the Week
Khalif Wyatt, Temple junior guard, was named the Atlantic 10 Conference and Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Week. Wyatt, a 6-foot-4 guard, averaged 25 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 3.0 assists in leading the Owls to a 1-1 week. Temple upset No. 5 ranked Duke and lost to Dayton.
Temple’s Kristen McCarthy and George Washington’s Tara Booker have been named the Atlantic 10 women’s basketball Co-Players of the Week. McCarthy was also named the Big 5 Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. She averaged 18.5 points in a 2-0 week for Temple, including a 64-52 victory at Western Michigan and a come-from-behind, 56-55 win in Temple’s A-10 opener at Richmond.
Black college notes
Malik Alvin, former Simon Gratz basketball star, has been named the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Newcomer of the Week. Alvin plays basketball for Shaw University. He equaled his season high with 28 points in Shaw’s CIAA opener against Virginia State.
The Don Hansen’s Football Gazette named Tim Hume, Cheyney University defensive end, All Super Region One Defensive Player of the Year. Beyond Sports Network as a Division II second team All-American also recognized Hume this past week.
Earlier this year Hume was named the PSAC Defensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award (Division II Lineman of the Year). Hume led the conference in tackles for loss with 21.5 and led the Wolves with 6.5 sacks. He also had 62 tackles.
Sage Steele, ESPN SportsCenter anchor, will test her strength and endurance as a long distance runner in the Disney Princess ½ Marathon in Orlando, Florida, on February 26. Steele has been training for months in preparation for this event.
Steele, a graduate of Indiana University, wife and mother of three children, will be running 13.1 miles in the half marathon. She’s training with Jeff Galloway, former Olympian, in preparation for this event.
“I try to do it three days a week,” she said. “It’s a run, walk method. We practice and do the race in intervals. Right now, I’m running a mile and walking two or three minutes. Running another mile and walking a minute or two minutes. When I complete the intervals, it’s like I’ve accomplished something. I’m proud of myself and want to do it again.”
Steele will be running the half marathon in intervals.
“When you do these intervals you give your body a short break,” Steele said. “It’s amazing that the people who do these intervals finish with a high time.”
‘Goose’ Tatum film highlights ESPN’s Black History Month
ESPN’s Black History Month programming will be highlighted by Reece “Goose” Tatum documentary. Tatum played for the legendary Harlem Globetrotters before he created his own basketball team. His one-hour documentary will air on February 26 at 10 p.m. The piece chronicles his life through the eyes of his son, Reese Tatum III. The son recalls his father’s all-too-brief life (he died at 45), including cross-country trips riding in the back of a Cadillac traveling to one sold-out arena after the next, each jam-packed to see his father entertain the crowd. The program also includes highlights from when he spoke eloquently about his father at the 2011 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Sixers obtain original court of Chamberlain’s 100-point game
The Philadelphia 76ers have obtained the original court on which Wilt Chamberlain scored his historic 100 points against the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962. The historic court was purchased from Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, who had stored the court previously throughout the years.
A majority of the court will be preserved for posterity and will be used and displayed at several venues. These include the Wells Fargo Center where the Sixers play and the Sixers practice facility in Philadelphia as well as in Hershey. In addition, the Sixers will be donating some of the court to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.
A special note to Sixers fans, to honor and celebrate Chamberlain’s outstanding performance on the 50th anniversary, all those in attendance at the Sixers–Warriors game this season will also get to own a piece of history — as all ticket holders on March 2 as they enter the Wells Fargo Center will receive a specially mounted 2” x 2” piece of the actual court on which Wilt Chamberlain scored his NBA-record 100 points.
In addition to giving the Sixers fans a piece of Wilt’s record-setting court, the Sixers organization will honor the family of the late, great Chamberlain in a special halftime ceremony at the March 2nd game. The Sixers also are inviting some of his friends, former teammates from the 1961–62 Warriors, and others connected to the record-setting game to join in the festivities that night.
Chamberlain scored the record-breaking 100 points as a member of the Philadelphia Warriors against the New York Knicks. The Warriors eventually moved to San Francisco in 1962 and were later named the Golden State Warriors in 1971. Concurrent with the Warriors move, the Syracuse Nationals moved to Pennsylvania being renamed the Philadelphia 76ers. Chamberlain made the move with the team to San Francisco but eventually returned to Philadelphia following a trade to the Sixers in 1965. The anniversary game includes both the Sixers and the Warriors, both of Chamberlain’s Philadelphia teams.
The historic game was played at Hershey Sports Arena in front of a crowd of 4,124, although the number of people who claimed to witness the game in person vastly outnumbered that total as the years went on.
Chamberlain, a 7-foot-1 center, played all 48 minutes that night in Hershey, leading the Warriors to a 169-147 win over the Knicks. He shot 36-of-63 from the field and 28-of-32 from the foul line, which was really impressive because he shot only 51.1 percent from the free throw line for his career.
That season, Chamberlain averaged an astounding 50.4 points a game. He played all but eight minutes and 33 seconds that season, those eight plus minutes due to a disqualification in a game resulting from technical fouls.
Chamberlain, who passed away on Oct. 12, 1999, was an All-American at Overbrook High School. He was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978 and has the second-highest scoring average in NBA history (30.1 ppg) trailing only Michael Jordan by a fraction of a point. Chamberlain was a four-time MVP and a two-time NBA champion.
Cheyney hires Lockard as head football coach
After a national search, Ken Lockard has been named the head football coach at Cheyney University. Last season, Lockard served as interim head coach. He has been the Wolves defensive coordinator since 2008.
Since Lockard’s arrival, he has coached four All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference players on the defensive side of the ball and 11 athletes to compete in the D2/D3 All American Bowl in Minneapolis. Brandon Buchanan was named Defensive MVP and most recently Tim Hume was Defensive Lineman of the Game. Hume was also named Defensive MVP for the Don Hansen All-Star Game in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Cheyney University recently held its sports banquet to recognize some of the Wolves’ top athletes. Simone Carter was named the Female Athlete of the Year. Carter is believed to be the first Cheyney female to participate in the Indoor National Track Championship.
Tim Hume was chosen as the Male Athlete of the Year. Hume was named the PSAC Defensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the Upshaw Award (Best Division II lineman).
Shanavia Thomas and Justin Watkins received Rookie of the Year honors. Thomas is a two-sport athlete who is doing extremely well in track this spring. The freshman has already put her name in the Cheyney record book. She owns the school record in the long jump as well as the 200 meters and has qualified for the PSAC championships in both events. She is also a starter on the Lady Wolves basketball team.
Watkins is an integral part of both the football and track team. He will be participating in the PSAC Outdoor Track and Field championships at Bloomsburg University.
Janelle McKelvey won the Female Presidential Scholar Athlete award. McKelvey played volleyball at Cheyney. Brandon Baylor received the Male Presidential Scholar Athlete award.
The coaches handed other awards in each sport.
Outdoor track (women):
MVP: Shanavia Thomas
MIP: Natasha Lyburn
Unsung Hero: Alean Rhodes
Outdoor track (men):
MVP: Nate McCoy
MIP: John Melvin
Unsung Hero: Kendell Thomas
MVP: Oshaki Thomas
Unsung Hero: Shkera Alston
Unsung Hero: Ciera Brown
MVP: Tim Hume
Leadership: Dominic Crowell
Most Improved: Stan Banks
MVP: Danielle Mines
MIP: Taylor Billington
Unsung Hero: Janae Silver
MVP: Jason Sabb
Sportsmanship: Brandon Baylor
Unsung Hero: Anthony Jeune
Cross country (women)
MVP: Jasmine Pitt
MIP: Taniqua Purdue
Unsung Hero: Natasha Lyburn
Cross country (men)
MVP: Jon Soussa
MIP: Nate McCoy
Unsung Hero: Kendell Thomas
Indoor track (men)
MVP: Kemuel Wright
MIP: Lonnell Wilson
Unsung Hero: Kalik Mitchell
Indoor track (women)
MVP: Simone Carter
MIP: Jasmine Carter
Unsung Hero: Ayasha Lyke
MVP: Nadirah Brown
MIP: Linda Henderson
Unsung Hero: Alexis Peterson
MVP: Denise Hill
MIP: Jamyra Wilson
Unsung Hero: Nichel Bryant
MVP: Giovannie Laguerre
Most Improved: Jessica LaRoda
Unsung Hero: Jessica LaRoda
Jones Memorial clinic set for June 9
The Little Bobby Jones Memorial Basketball Clinic will be held on June 9 at the Carousel House, 4300 Avenue of the Republic. The event is sponsored by “Philadelphia Legends.” The program will begin with a basketball clinic for the special population at 10 a.m.
After that, there will be the Little Bobby Jones Memorial Awards at noon. Then, the program will have a Philadelphia Student Athletes/Academic Basketball Clinic from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. There will also be a commemorative basketball game at 3 p.m.
Germantown, MLK High Schools hold alumni and staff basketball game
Germantown High and Martin Luther King High School alumni and staff basketball teams will battle on the basketball court to determine who’ll wear the coveted Northwest District basketball crown. The game will be played on May 11 at Martin Luther King High, Stenton Avenue and Haines Street. The tip-off will be at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Proceeds from the game benefit the scholarship programs at each school, as well as other related activities. For more information, call (215) 224-1404 ext. 4, or (215) 276-5253 ext. 1500.
Tim Hume, Cheyney defensive lineman, was selected for Daktronics’ first-team All Super Region One by the Region One Sports Information Directors. Hume, a senior from Harrisburg, was previously named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
Hume was the top vote-getter of all defensive linemen and will be on the national ballot. The Daktronics All-American Team will be announced on December 13. He led the conference in tackles for loss with 21.5 and led the Wolves with 6.5 sacks. The senior defensive end was also credited with 62 tackles. Hume ranks sixth in the country in tackles for loss at 1.95 per game.
Eric to miss 6 weeks due to knee injury
Following an examination by Temple team physician Dr. Ray Moyer, it has been determined that the Owls forward Michael Eric will be sidelined for six weeks due to an injury to his right patella. The injury happened during a November 25 practice.
Eric, who missed the last 10 games of the 2010–11 season because of a fracture of the same patella, ranks fourth on the team in scoring (10.5 ppg) and currently leads the Atlantic 10 Conference with an 11.3 rebound average. The former Church Farm School standout posted two double-doubles in the first four games. In the win over Western Michigan he grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds and scored 12 points. He had 14 points and 12 rebounds against Wichita State.
Peddy named to Women’s early-season watch list
Shey Peddy, Temple women’s basketball senior, has been named to the 2011–12 Naismith Trophy Women’s early-season watch list according to the Atlanta Tipoff Club. The watch list includes the top women’s college basketball players from 35 schools around the country, and was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances from the previous year and expectations for the 2012 college basketball season.
Peddy was a 2011 Atlantic 10 first team and All-Defensive team selection, and is also the reigning Big 5 Player of the Year.
In a battle of two of the oldest Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Lincoln University will face Cheyney University at Liacouras Center on Friday night, November 18. The women will play at 6 p.m. The men will tipoff at 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $20.00 for general admission. Students (with ID) pay $10.00.
Tim Hume: PSAC East Defensive Player of the Year
Tim Hume, Cheyney University defensive end, was named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Defensive Player of the Year by the league coaches. Hume led the conference in tackles for loss with 21.5 and led the Wolves with 6.5 sacks. He also had 62 tackles. Hue ranked sixth in the nation in tackles for loss at 1.95 a game. The award is Hume’s third all-conference honor.
Marcus Jones and Stan Banks were named to the second team. Jones led Cheyney in rushing with 605 yards on 112 carries. He averaged 5.4 yards a carry. He scored three touchdowns.
Banks, Wolves defensive back, made his first appearance on the all-conference team. The senior cornerback led Cheyney with three interceptions. He had four pass breakups and seven passes defended. He had 34 tackles in 11 games.
Washington’s Wilmer leads Del. Valley to Division III playoffs
Aaron Wilmer, former George Washington High football star, will lead Delaware Valley College against Norwich University in the first round of the Division III playoffs. The game will be played on Saturday, November 19 at Robert A. Lipinski Field at James Work Memorial Stadium in Doylestown. The kickoff will be at noon.
Wilmer has been a sensational player for No. 11 ranked Delaware Valley College (10-0). The freshman quarterback has completed 147 of 254 passes for 2,281 yards and 21 touchdowns. He had just six interceptions. Wilmer gained 168 yards while scoring four TDs.
Temple to host Army at Lincoln Financial Field
Temple will play host to Army on Saturday, November 19 at 1 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field. In honor of Military Appreciation Day, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will be collecting toys before the game. Fans may donate new, unwrapped toys to Toys for Tots at the stadium gates from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. The Toys for Tots Program collects and distributes toys as gifs to needy children in the community during the holiday season.
The game will be on ESPN3.