Savannah State defensive lineman Cameron (Cam) M. Brown has been named to the 2021 Black College Football Player of the Year Award watch list, the organization announced in a press release recently. During the historic 2019 season, Brown recorded 23 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks and two breakups. Savannah State went 7-3 overall in their first season back in NCAA Division II and 5-0 in Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) action.
The Tigers’ defense finished as the No. 1 rushing defense and the No. 1 scoring defense in the SIAC and the No. 19 rushing defense in all of NCAA Division II. Brown was named to the 2021 preseason All-SIAC First Team and Savannah State was voted to finish No. 1 in the SIAC East Division last month.
The award is presented annually to the most outstanding college football player from a Historically Black College & University (HBCU). The 2021 Watch List is composed of 56 players from 27 different HBCU’s. There are 12 from the SIAC.
Four finalist will be unveiled on Nov. 30, 2021. The winner of the Black College Football Player of the Year award will be announced during halftime of the Inaugural HBCU Legacy Bowl and will be honored with the Deacon Jones Trophy.
“There are many gifted football players competing at Historically Black Colleges and Universities right now,” Super Bowl XXII MVP and BCFHOF co-founder Doug Williams said in a press release. “This award is a way for the Black College Football Hall of Fame to recognize these talented student-athletes.”
The HBCU Legacy Bowl is set for Feb. 19, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana and will be broadcast live on the NFL Network.
“The Deacon Jones Trophy is the most prestigious football award for HBCUs,” BCFHOF co-founder and 2012 inductee James Harris said in the same release. “Deacon Jones was a pioneer and an icon, and still to this day represents the very best of Black College Football.”
The watch list candidates have been selected based on past performance and future potential. Additions to the list may be made as the 2021 season progresses. The finalists and the winner will be chosen by a selection committee.
Former North Carolina A&T and current Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen was selected as the inaugural recipient of the award in 2016.