Kevin Rolle: Alabama A&M Jordan Bentley Named to BPOTY Watch List

Jordan Bentley, running back for Alabama A&M University, is now on a watch list—the watch list for the Black College Football Player of the Year Award for 2017.

Jordan Bentley, running back for Alabama A&M University, is now on a watch list—the watch list for the Black College Football Player of the Year Award for 2017. This announcement came from the Black College Football Hall of Fame, according to Kevin Rolle, Alabama A&M fan and sports writer.


The Black College Football Player of the Year Award is presented each year to the most spectacular football player from a historically Black college and university, or HBCU. The winner of this year’s award will receive the Deacon Jones Trophy on Feb. 10, 2018, during the Black College Football Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony. The unveiling of four finalists will take place on Dec. 12, 2017.


The inaugural recipient of this award last year was Tarik Cohen, formerly a running back for North Carolina A&T State University, and now a running back for the Chicago Bears. Bentley, who is a sophomore, was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Freshman of the Year for 2016 and was also named to the preseason All-SWAC team for 2017.


The purpose of this award is to call attention to the amazing football talent at today’s HBCUs. The Deacon Jones Trophy is currently the most prestigious awards for football among HBCUs. Jones, who was an icon, continues to represent the cream of the crop in Black football at the college level.


The watch list on which Bentley has been placed features candidates who were selected based on their future potential as well as their previous performance. New names may be added to this list as the 2017-2018 football season progresses this fall. A selection committee will decide the finalists along with the winner.


For more information about the Black College Football Player of the Year Watch List as well as the Black College Football Player of the Year Award, contact:


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