The honors keep rolling in for Javon Hargrave.
South Carolina State’s star defensive tackle was the choice for the Willie Davis BOXTOROW Defensive Player of the Year Award for the second-straight year.
Grambling quarterback Johnathan Williams was chosen as the BOXTOROW Offensive Player of the Year in a close vote over North Carolina A&T running back Tarik Cohen.
Speaking of Grambling, Tigers head coach Broderick Fobbs was honored as coach of the year, leading the Tigers to the SWAC championship game and a 9-3 record.
North Carolina Central running back Dorrel McClain and Virginia Union running back Hakeem Holland were voted BOXTOROW Co-Rookies of the Year.
Southern return specialist Willie Quinn was named special teams player of the year.
Alcorn State quarterback Lenorris Footman was awarded the first-ever BOXTOROW Impact Player Award.
The 6-2, 295-pound Hargrave had another dominate season despite double and triple teams. His 13.5 sacks led the MEAC and are second in FCS. He also registered 22 tackles for loss and 59 tackles (46 solo).
Hargrave was named MEAC Defensive Player of the Year and to the first team STATS All-America Team.
Williams led the SWAC in passing yards (2,910) and total offense (296.8). He leads FCS with 39 touchdown passes and 264 points responsible for. Williams completed 57 percent of his passes and rushed for 355 yards and four touchdowns.
McClain was named MEAC Rookie of the Year and was second in the MEAC in rushing (958) and rushing yards per game (87.1) while rushing for eight touchdowns. He had five games of 100 or more yards rushing including a career high 167 against N.C. A&T. Holland was named CIAA Offensive Rookie of the Year and carried the ball 175 times for 1,040 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Quinn returned four kickoffs for touchdowns and led the SWAC and is sixth in FCS in kickoff return average (28.8). He also returned a punt for a touchdown.
Footman has played for injured starter John Gibbs, Jr. and in the last six games has rushed for 888 yards and 11 touchdowns, while throwing for 741 yards, 10 touchdowns and just two interceptions in helping lead the Braves to the SWAC championship and a berth in the first-ever SWAC championship game.
|OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR|
|2015||Johnathan Williams, Grambling State|
|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|
|2015||Javon Hargrave, South Carolina State|
|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|
|2015||Broderick Fobbs, Grambling State|
|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|
|2015||Dorrell McClain, North Carolina Central/
Hakeem Holland, Virginia Union
|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|
|SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR|
|2015||Willie Quinn, Southern|
|2015||Lenorris Footman, Alcorn State|