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2015 BOXTOROW College Football All-America Team

Twenty-nine players were selected to the annual BOXTOROW All-America team. BOXTOROW has administered the All-America team since 2007 and the voters are comprised of media members from around the nation that cover HBCU football.

The offense is headlined by North Carolina A&T junior running back Tarik Cohen, who repeats as a BOXTOROW All-American, and Grambling State quarterback Johnathan Williams. The defense is headlined by top vote getters redshirt-junior linebacker Kourtney Berry of Alabama State and South Carolina State defensive tackle Javon Hargrave.

All four players along with Tuskegee linebacker Jewell Ratliff are up for BOXTOROW National Superlative and Player of the Year awards which will be announced next week.

North Carolina A&T leads all teams with five selections, while Grambling State and Bowie State each had three selections. Johnson C. Smith, North Carolina Central, Southern and Tuskegee had two apiece.

Cohen was named MEAC Offensive Player of the Year for the second-straight year and leads the MEAC in rushing yards (1,248) and rushing yards per game (113.5) which is also seventh in FCS. Earlier this year he set the Aggies all-time rushing mark for yards in a career and is less than 1,000 yards away from the all-time MEAC record for rushing yards in a career.

Cohen was the 2013 BOXTOROW Rookie of the Year.

Williams was named SWAC Offensive Player of the Year. He leads the SWAC in passing yards (2,910) and total offense (296.8) and his 39 passing touchdowns lead FCS. He has also rushed for 355 yards and four touchdowns.

Berry leads the SWAC and is sixth in the nation in tackles (130) and his 11.8 tackles per game led the SWAC and are fifth in the nation.

As a defensive tackle, Hargrave registered 13.5 sacks which are tied for the second most in FCS. He also has 22 tackles for loss which is second in MEAC and tied for sixth in FCS.

2015 BOXTOROW All-American Team

OFFENSE
QB: Johnathan Williams, Grambling State, Sr., Tampa, Fla.
RB: Tarik Cohen, North Carolina A&T, Jr., Bunn, N.C. $
RB: Lenard Tillery, Southern, r-Jr., Baton Rouge, La.
OL: Brandon Parker, North Carolina A&T, r-Soph., Kannapolis, N.C.
OL: Addison Hayes, Virginia Union, Sr., Savannah, Ga.
OL: Carl Jones, North Carolina Central, r-Jr., Nashville, Tenn.
OL: Justin Nester, Bowie State, Jr., Dayton, Md.
OL: Justin Miller, Grambling State, Jr., Ruston, La.
OL: Jordan Payne, Alcorn State, Sr., Racine, Wis.$
TE: Jordan Payne, Alcorn State, Jr., Racine, Wis.
WR: Nyme Manns, Bowie State, r-Jr., Baltimore, Md.
WR: TJ Mixon, Hampton, r-Jr., Charlotte, N.C.

 

DEFENSE
DL: Javon Hargrave, South Carolina St., Sr., Salisbury, N.C.$
DL: Javancy Jones, Jackson State, Jr., Macon, Miss.
DL: Marquis Ragland, North Carolina A&T, r-Jr., Fayetteville, N.C.
DL: Gabriel Sherrod, Delaware State, Jr., Perryville, Md.
LB: Kourtney Berry, Alabama State, Jr., Merrillville, Ind.$
LB: Jewell Ratliff, Tuskegee, Sr., New Orleans, La.
LB: Austin Jacques, Johnson C. Smith, Sr., Springdale, Md.*
LB: Deon King, Norfolk State, Sr., Reston, Va.*
DB: C.J. Moore, North Carolina Central, Sr., Raleigh, N.C.
DB: Carlo Thomas, Johnson C. Smith, Soph., East Orange, N.J.
DB: Tony McRae, N.C. A&T, Sr., Laurinburg, N.C.
DB: Jonah McCutcheon, Tuskegee, r-Soph., Mobile, Ala.*
DB: Guy Stallworth, Grambling State, Jr., Gulfport, Miss.*

 

SPECIALIST
P: Cory Carter, Texas Southern, Sr., Raymond, Miss.
PK: Nick Christiansen, Miles, Soph., Clayton, N.C.
RS: Willie Quinn, Southern, Sr., Miami, Fla.$
PR: Khris Gardin, North Carolina A&T, Soph., Morganton, N.C.
KR: Kendall Jefferson, Bowie State, Gr., Temple Hills, Md.

 

HONORABLE MENTION
QB: Drew Powell, Livingstone
RB: Johnta’ Hebert, Prairie View A&M
OL: Detonio Dade, Alcorn State; Javarius Leamon, South Carolina State; Anthony Mosley, Southern; Isekelli Ongosia, Alcorn State; Jac’Que Polite, Winston-Salem State; Kelvin Shelton, Tuskegee; Torian White, Hampton
TE: Tammarrick Hemmingway, South Carolina State
WR: Jawill Davis, Bethune-Cookman; Chad Williams, Grambling State
DL: Michael Bloomfield, Winston-Salem State; Braysean Jones, Miles; Anthony McDaniel, Bowie State; Paulin Miano, Virginia Union; Justin Woods-West, Central State
LB: Darius Leonard, South Carolina State
DB: Marquis Drayton, Bethune-Cookman; Warren Gatewood, Alcorn State; Marquis Green, Mississippi Valley State; Clim Robbins, Central State
PK: Nigel Macauley, North Carolina Central
PR: Curtis Pumphrey, Bowie State
KR: Octayvius Miles, Alabama A&M; Ryan Smith, North Carolina Central

 

OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
2014 John Gibbs, Jr., Alcorn State
2013 Dray Joseph, Southern
2012 Kameron Smith, Winston-Salem State
2011 Casey Therriault, Jackson State
2010 Frank Warren, Grambling State
2009 Will Ford, South Carolina State
2008 Will Ford, South Carolina State
2007 Jacary Atkinson, Tuskegee

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
2014 Javon Hargrave, South Carolina State
2013 Darnell Evans, Shaw
2012 Brandon Thurmond, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
2011 Adrian Hamilton, Prairie View A&M
2010 Kenrick Ellis, Hampton
2009 Christian Anthony, Grambling
2008 Marcellus Speaks, Jackson State
2007 Zach East, Prairie View A&M

 

COACHES OF THE YEAR
2014 Jay Hopson, Alcorn State
2013 Rod Reed, Tennessee State
2012 Connell Maynor, Winston-Salem State
2011 Connell Maynor, Winston-Salem State
2010 Brian Jenkins, Bethune-Cookman
2009 Henry Frazier, Prairie View A&M
2008 Rod Broadway, Grambling State
2007 Al Lavan, Delaware State

 

ROOKIE/NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
2014 Austin Howard, Southern
2013 Tarik Cohen, North Carolina A&T
2012 Damon Gresham Chisholm, Howard
2011 Greg McGhee, Howard
2010 Casey Therriault, Jackson State
2009 Ari Johnson, Grambling State
2008 Greg Dillon, Grambling State
2007 Frank Warren, Grambling State

 

Legend
* Indicates tie
$ 2014 BOXTOROW All-American

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