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Victor Tamba Jr.
Bowie State | LT
6-5 | 335 | District Heights, Md.
2017 Key Statistics: As an offensive lineman, he has no statistics.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: Collegiate Honors: All-CIAA Second Team (2014), CIAA All-Rookie Team (2014), CIAA Offensive Lineman of the Week (9/28/15), All-CIAA Second Team (2015), Preseason All-CIAA (2016), CIAA Offensive Lineman of the Week (9/4/16), All-CIAA First Team (2016) and Black College Player of the Year Watch List (2017) and two-time CIAA Offensive Lineman of the Week (9/4/17 and 9/25/17).
Team Record and Honors: Through games of 11/4, Bowie State 9-1 overall ranked #19 in the country and #5 in NCAA Super Region 2 Poll, leads the nation in scoring offense (56.4 ppg), total offense (582.3 ypg) and First Downs Offense (293).
Coach’s Comment: “Victor is a very coachable young man, very dedicated and committed and positive influence in the community.” (Damon Wilson)
Kentucky State | DT
6-0 | 275 | Brookville, Ind.
2017 Key Statistics: 30 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 1 touchdown.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: Team Captain
Team Record and Honors: –
Coach’s Comment: “Donovan is everything you would want in a student-athlete. He shows up every day to get better and puts in an honest day’s work. He hasn’t missed a start in three seasons and as a senior was our team captain. I wish we had more guys like him that put in the time and effort as both an athlete as well as a student.” (John L. Smith)
Saint Augustine’s | DL
6-3 | 280 | Charlotte, N.C.
2017 Key Statistics: Led all CIAA defensive linemen in tackles per game (7.5) this season…Ranked fourth in the CIAA in total tackles (75) and fifth in tackles per game…Tied for fourth in the CIAA in sacks (7) and tied for fifth in the CIAA in tackles for loss (13)…Tied for fourth in the CIAA in forced fumbles (2).
Career Awards and Accomplishments: Was named CIAA defensive lineman of the week three times this season and five times overall in his four-year career…Was named to the All-CIAA Rookie Team as a freshman in 2014.
Team Record and Honors: The Falcons finished 5-2 in the CIAA Southern Division and 5-5 overall…They finished with a .500 or better overall record for the first time since 2012…They tied Fayetteville State for the best conference mark in the Southern Division, marking the first time the Falcons finished atop the standings in recent memory.
Coach’s Comment: “Chasz played a major role in our resurgence this season. He never lost focus despite playing for three head coaches in his career. I am extremely proud that he will graduate on time in May.” (Tim Chavous)
Newberry | Center
6-0 | 260 | Rock Hill, S.C.
2017 Key Statistics: Preseason first team all-South Atlantic Conference…Semifinalist for William V. Campbell Trophy…Started all 10 games at center…Graded out over 90 percent in five games and over 85 percent in eight games…35 pancakes this season…Member of Order of the Gray Stripe, team’s Honor Council…Student teacher in local elementary school.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: Started all 21 games the past two seasons…2016 second team all-SAC…In 2016, protected Harlon Hill Finalist QB and helped offense set school records in points, pass yards, pass TD, completions, completion percentage, total offense, all-purpose yards, and total TD…Played in 38 games with 22 starts in his career.
Team Record and Honors: 4-6 (2-4 SAC)
Coach’s Comment: “”He’s an outstanding young man that does a great job in the classroom and on the field. He’s not the biggest kid out there but, boy, he plays like it. He’s honestly small for an offensive lineman, but he’s a hell of a player.” (Todd Knight)
West Georgia | Center
6-4 | 293 | Dawsonville, Ga.
2017 Key Statistics: Vaughan is the anchor of an offensive line that is averaging 438 yards per game.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: Vaughan is a two-time All-America selection, along with being a two-time All-Region and All-GSC choice. He has been voted team captain by his teammates for both his junior and senior seasons. Also, Vaughan is started a school record 51 consecutive games. This includes 15 straight at left tackle as a freshman in 2014, and now 36 straight (with more to come) the past three seasons. `
Vaughan is three-time member of the GSC Academic Honor Roll, and has been voted to the GSC All-Academic Team. He has already his BBA in Marketing and Management and is currently working toward his master’s degree.
Team Record and Honors: UWG is 8-2 on the season and ranked fourth in NCAA Division II Super Region 2. They are also ranked 24th national by the AFCA.
Coach’s Comment: “Harley has been a tremendous performer and leader throughout his career. He was earned the respect of his teammates and opponents. Also, he has been a versatile performer for our offensive line throughout his career.” (David Dean)
Wingate | Center
6-3 | 300 | Cherryville, N.C.
2017 Key Statistics: Daniel Owens is a four-year starter who moved to center in 2015 out of team necessity…In 2017, Owens has played 666 snaps through nine games…Entering the last week of the season, he is grading out at 87 percent overall…Owens has a 98 percent effort grade and 27 knockdowns, allowing only one sack this year
Career Awards and Accomplishments: First team, All-South Atlantic Conference (2016), Academic All-Super Region 2 team (2015)
Team Record and Honors: Wingate (9-0, 6-0 SAC) won its first South Atlantic Conference title since 2010 with a victory over SAC associate member Limestone on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. The Bulldogs are the number one team in the Super Region 2 and the number 12 team in the AFCA top 25.
Coach’s Comment: “Everybody on the same page.” (Joe Reich)
West Alabama | OT
6-7 | 294 | Anniston, Ala.
2017 Key Statistics: Through 10 games has graded 81 percent while playing virtually every snap … Has recorded 43 knockdown blocks … Has 14 pancake blocks … Helps protect the quarterback that leads the Gulf South Conference in passing yards, passing yards per game, attempts, completions, touchdown passes and total offense … Leader on an offensive front that allowed just 11 sacks in 10 games.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: First year at UWA after transferring from Tennessee.
Team Record and Honors: 2017 GSC Champions … 8-2 record with 7-1 conference record … first team in school history to win 7 conference games.
Coach’s Comment: “Dontavius is one of the most complete linemen at the D2 level that I have seen. He can dominate a football game, evidenced by the fact that we have allowed just 11 sacks in 10 games. Plus, he is a pleasant young man who knows how to treat people with respect and dignity.” (Brett Gilliland)
Winston-Salem State | DE
6-2 | 235 | Charlotte, N.C.
2017 Key Statistics:
46 Total Tackles (29 solo)
4 sacks for 25 yards
6.5 tackles for a loss (-32 yards)
1 forced fumble
1 fumble recovery
Career Awards and Accomplishments:
2016 HBCU GameDay All-American
2016 First Team All-CIAA Selection
2017 Preseason All-CIAA Selection
Team Record and Honors: 6-4 overall, 4-3 CIAA
Coach’s Comment: “Hardworking player who is a key member of our defense.” (Derrick Burroughs)
Tuskegee | OL
6-4 | 330 | Miami, Fla.
2017 Key Statistics: Brown leads the team with 28 pancakes has played all four positions and is one of the reasons Tuskegee RB Hoderick Lowe has a league leading 8.0 yards per carry. He’s graded out at 90 percent in every game this season
Career Awards and Accomplishments:
2016 (Junior): In 2016, his offensive line unit protected quarterback Kevin Lacey propelling him to earning the 2016 SIAC Offensive Player of the Year honor. Not only was Brown named all-conference, but he was also awarded all-region status and earned an All-American honor. The Golden Tigers finished the year averaging 28.5 points per game, while piling up 321.8 yards per game on offense that included 158.6 yards per game on the ground.
2015 (Sophomore): Played in 12 games, starting nine… Named First Team All-SIAC… Named Second Team CCA Super Region 2 All-Region… Named SBN Black College Football All-American… Helped pave the way for an offense that recorded 2,062 yards rushing and another 2,121 passing… Recorded 15 pancakes and did not allow a sack in the regular season.. Saw action at center, guard and tackle.
2017 Preseason First Team All-SIAC selection
2016 All-SIAC First Team
2016 Preseason All-SIAC First Team
2015 All-SIAC First Team
2015 CCA Super Region 2 Second Team All-Region
2015 SBN Black College All-American
Team Record and Honors: –
Coach’s Comment: –
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