Three ASU Players named to 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.