ASU Football: Alabama State places three on 2021 BCFHOF Player of the Year Watch List

ATLANTA, Ga. | The Black College Football Hall of Dame (BCFHOF) announced the 2021 Watch List for the Black College Player of the Year presented annually to the most outstanding football player from a Historically Black College & University.

Four finalists will be unveiled on November 30, 2021, with the winner of the Black College Football Player of the Year Award being announced during halftime of the Inaugural HBCU Legacy Bowl. The winner will receive the Deacon Jones Trophy during the game to be played February 19, 2022, in New Orleans on the NFL Network.

Alabama State had three players named to the Watch List including senior running back Ezra Gray, sophomore defensive back Irshaad Davis, and senior defensive lineman Christian Clark.

Gray led the team, and conference, in rushing during the spring season with 436 yards on 84 carries in five games. He averaged 5.2 yards per carry and scored three touchdowns, and he rushed for a career-high 195 yards against Jackson State and added another 100-yard game against Alabama A&M. The senior finished 15th nationally in all-purpose yards and 35th in the nation in rushing yards, while he also finished 19th in rushing yards per game on the season. He also earned the nod for return specialist on the Second Team after he returned 10 kicks and averaged 18.50 yards per return. He finished 48th in the nation in combined kick returns and also 48th in kickoff returns.

Davis led Alabama State in tackles with 41 on the season including 31 solo stops. He recorded a pair of tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks on the season, while he also finished with one interception, three pass breakups and a quarterback hurry from his safety position. Davis finished fourth in the conference in tackles and 20th in passes defended on the season, while he also finished 14th in the nation in solo tackles and 58th in total tackles.

Meanwhile, Clark finished with 15 tackles including nine solo stops. Clark recorded 2.5 tackles for loss and one pass breakup, while he also had one forced fumble and was part of a defense that held opponents to just over 800 yards rushing in five games from his nose guard position.

Alabama State opens the 2021 season against Miles on September 4 at ASU Stadium with kick set for 5 pm. Season tickets are currently on sale for the 2021 season by calling (334) 229-4551, and as a reminder, Alabama State University is mask mandatory and masks must be worn inside the stadium and on campus.

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About the Black College Football Hall of Fame
The Black College Football Hall of Fame was established in October of 2009 by African-American pioneers and quarterbacks, Pro Bowl MVP James “Shack” Harris and the Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams to preserve the history and honor the greatest football players, coaches, and contributors from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). There have been 90 inductees since inception, including Mel Blount, James Harris, Willie Lanier, Art Shell, and Doug Williams, who serve as trustees.
About Deacon Jones
David “Deacon” Jones played defensive end for South Carolina State University and Mississippi Valley State University from 1958 to 1960. Blessed with speed, agility, and quickness, the “Deacon” became one of the finest pass rushers in the business. He won unanimous All-NFL honors six straight years from 1965 through 1970 and was selected to eight Pro Bowls. Jones is an inaugural Black College Football Hall of Fame inductee (2010) and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
About the HBCU Legacy Bowl
The HBCU Legacy Bowl, presented by the Black College Football Hall of Fame is a postseason all-star game that will showcase the top 100 NFL draft-eligible football players from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The game will be played on Saturday, February 19, 2022 (Yulman Stadium at Tulane University), and broadcast live on the NFL Network. More than a football game, the week-long celebration of Black culture and history will provide invaluable exposure for HBCU students. HBCU Legacy Bowl founding partners include the NFL, Adidas, Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and his 15 and the Mahomies Foundation, Seattle Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner, Sugar Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Riddell, and Tulane University. Follow at and on social media via @HBCULegacyBowl.
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