Urban Media Today HBCU Sports Report 10/24/17

This week on the HBCU Football Report Grambling State is still number one, there are only three undefeated teams left in all of Black College Football and Norfolk State pulled off a major upset

Check out the updated Urban Media Today Black College Football Poll.

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Urban Media Today Black College Football Poll ( Week 8) 10-23-17

2017 Urban Media Today Black College Football Poll  10/23/17


# 1     Grambling State     6-1    Beat Alcorn State 41-14
# 2     N. Carolina A&T     8-0    Beat Bethune Cookman  24-20
# 3     Virginia State          7-0    Beat Lincoln (PA) 73-21
# 4     Bowie State             7-1    Beat Virginia Union 40-22
# 5     N.Carolina Central  5-2    Lost to Norfolk State 28-21
# 6     Tennessee State      4-3    Bye Week 
# 7      Howard                    4-3    Beat Morgan State 39-14
# 8      Langston                 7-0    Beat Arizona Christian 21-20
# 9      Hampton                  5-2    Beat Florida A&M 31-27
#10     Alcorn State             5-3    Lost to Grambling State 41-14
Honorable Mention:
Tuskegee        6-2     Beat Kentucky State   26-21
Benedict          5-2     Beat Morehouse         29-26  in 2 OT
Southern         4-3     Beat Jackson State     35-17
Albany State    5-3     Lost to Clark-Atlanta   44-36
Virginia Union  5-3     Lost to Bowie State     40-22

HBCU SPORTS With Trevin A Jones

This week we take a look at Urban Media Today Top  Ten football action, as well as letting you know who is capping off their homecoming weekends on the football field.

Check back Monday to see if your favorite HBCU was victorious and also for the updated Urban Media Today Black College Football Poll.

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#  1       Grambling State              5-1     (Bye Week)
#  2       North Carolina Central    5-1     (Beat Gardner Webb 24-17)
#  3       North Carolina  A&T        7-0     (Beat FAMU  31-20)
#  4       Virginia State                   6-0     (Beat Bowie State  47-35)
#  5       Bowie State                     6-1      (Lost to Virgnia St  47-35)
#  6       Alcorn State                     5-2      (Beat Prairie View  34-21)
#  7       Albany State                    5-2      (Beat Morehouse   34-10)
#  8       Tennessee State              4-3      (Lost to Austin Peay 21-17)
#  9       Howard                            3-3      (Beat Delaware St   52-23)
#10       Langston                          6-0      (Beat Texas College 44-17)
Honorable Mention 
Tuskegee                   5-2     ( Beat Jackson State  33-7) 
Virginia Union             5-2     ( Beat Chowan 35-10)
Hampton                    4-2     (Beat Norfolk State 16-14)
Bethune Cookman     3-3     ( Beat South Carolina State  12-9)
Winston Salem St      4-3    ( Lost to St Aug  17-14 )

Football Prepares For Clash at Miles College in SIAC Matchup

Frankfort, Ky.-Kentucky State University football will travel to Miles College for a 3 pm ET kickoff on Saturday, where all eyes from around the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference will be focused on the potential outcome.

The Thorobreds (2-4, 1-1) have dropped back-to-back contest against Morehouse College and West Virginia State University, after winning back-to-back games against Kentucky Wesleyan College and Central State University. The Golden Bears (3-3, 1-1) have won three of their last four games, with their lone loss coming to east division power Albany State University on Sept. 30.

Following last year’s upset at Alumni Stadium, where KSU took down the heavily favored Golden Bears after a fumble recovery in the end zone in the closing momentums. Both squads have circled Saturday’s matchup as one to watch.
Sophomore running back Brett Sylve walks in as one of the top performers in the conference. The Hammond, Louisiana native was recently named the SIAC Offensive Player of the Week, his second weekly conference honor of 2017. Sylve is coming off a career performance where he collected 235 all-purpose yards, including 167 rushing yards, and two touchdowns against the Yellow Jackets.

As a team KSU enters the game as the No. 4 rushing squad in the conference, averaging 144.8 yards per contest. While MC possesses the No. 9 ranked rushing defense in the SIAC, giving up 216.7 yards a game. On the flip side, MC ranks above KSU in rushing offense at No. 3 with 182.2 yards per game, but KSU comes in as the No. 3 ranked rushing defense, allowing just 133 yards per game.

One factor to keep track of will be special teams. KSU ranks No. 1 in combined yardage in kick returns and punt returns at 853 total yards, along with four touchdowns. Fort Valley State University is the only other team to score more than one special team’s touchdown in the SIAC, and it stands at two with two punt returns.

Fans planning to attend the clash of west division foes are encouraged to plan ahead, as MC will be conducting various activities for homecoming. For those looking to keep up with the action, merely follow @KYSUFB on Twitter for live updates leading up to kickoff and throughout the afternoon.



PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas – The Prairie View A&M University football team continued its preparation for Saturday game at Alcorn State, with coaches that can give a unique perspective on this week’s opponent.


The Panthers (2-3 overall, 2-1 SWAC) will play at Alcorn State (4-2, 2-0) in a 2 p.m. game at Spinks-Casem Stadium. The PVAMU Sports Network broadcast will begin the pregame show at 1:30 p.m. featuring interviews with WR Khadarel Hodge and Head Coach Willie Simmons prior to kickoff. The game will be broadcast in Houston on Synergy Radio 1480 AM, and online at pvpanthers.com/sportsnetwork. Fans can also watch Alcorn’s live video stream of the game for $6.95, with these and live stats links available at pvpanthers.com.


Both current head coaches and both defensive coordinators shared apartments while coaching at Alcorn. Simmons, who was the offensive coordinator and running backs coach from 2012-14, was roommates with Alcorn head coach Fred McNair, who at the time was assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach.


Also sharing an apartment was current Panthers’ defensive coordinator Ralph Street, who was a defensive line coach during the same period and was the roommate of former defensive backs coach and current Braves’ defensive coordinator Cedric Thomas.


That familiarity will be part of the chess match on Saturday as the Braves, the three-time defending SWAC Eastern Division champs, enter the game on a three-game winning streak.


Offensively, Alcorn leads the SWAC in scoring offense (30.5 ppg), rushing offense (226.0 ypg), and total offense (455.8 ypg), and is second in passing offense (229.8 ypg). QB Lenorris Footman leads the conference in passing yards (1,334), passing touchdowns (nine), and total offense (286.5 ypg) and is fourth in rushing yards (385). Footman threw for a career-best 424 yards against McNeese St. earlier this year and was recruited by Simmons to Alcorn.


“He’s a tough guy, so they are a tough football team physically,” Simmons said. “He’s tough mentally, and they’re tough mentally as well. I think they take on the identity of not only of their head coach – Fred McNair has done a phenomenal job there – but also the identity of their quarterback. To me, when I watch them on film, that’s what I see – an offense that has taken the identity of the guy behind center. He’s playing at a very high level, and it’s allowed them to play some really good football this year.”


Defensively, the Braves are second in scoring defense (21.7 ppg), and fourth in both rushing defense (147.2 ypg) and total defense (358.3 ypg).


“You see a little bit of everything,” Simmons said of the Alcorn defense. “(Cedric’s) doing a great job of mixing up looks – three-down fronts, four-down fronts, no-down fronts – he’s doing a little bit of it all. It’s a huge challenge for our offensive line, to identify the rushers, for our running backs and tight ends to add on in protections, for our quarterback to see the coverage on identify what they are doing on the back end, and just for us to consistently and efficiently make plays. That’s what they are going to challenge you to do.”


HOMECOMING TICKETS ON SALE: Tickets for the 2017 homecoming game are on sale online at pvpanthers.com/tickets.


RALEIGH, N.C. – The Shaw University football team will host Livingstone College in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Conference Southern Division contest on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Durham County Memorial Stadium. The game will kick off at 1 p.m. In addition, the game has been tagged as Breast Cancer Awareness Day as fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game in recognition of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


Game Information:
Live coverage that will feature video and live stats on www.shawbears.com. Fans can also follow live tweets on Twitter @ShawBears.


The Series / Last Meeting: Saturday’s game will mark the 28th time the Bears and Blue Bears will meet on the gridiron. The two teams met last season during the 2016 campaign in Salisbury, N.C. where Shaw suffered a 23-12 loss to the Blue Bears.


In that contest, the Bears tallied 319 total offense (134 rushing, 134 passing) while LC produced 356 (163 passing, 193 rushing). Shaw finished with 11 penalties worth 147 yards and two turnovers while being outscored 3-of-4 quarters that led the defeat.


Last Time Out: The Bears (2-4, 1-2 CIAA) enter Saturday’s game coming off a 24-21 loss to Fayetteville State last weekend in Fayetteville, N.C. FSU nailed a 30-yard field goal with four seconds remaining in the contest to take the victory over Shaw, leaving the Bears with a 0-1 start in division action.


Senior quarterback Darron Downing (Portsmouth, VA) completed 11-of-19 passes for 79 yards and one touchdown while senior wide receiver Trevante Long (Greenbelt, MD) registered four receptions for 37 yards and a score and junior running back Michael Sherman(Powder Springs, GA) rushed for 66 yards on 12 carries.


Sophomore Devon Hunt (Rockingham, NC) recorded a game-high 13 tackles (eight solo), one break up and a tackle for loss while sophomore Eric Walker (Miami, FL) added nine tackles (four solo) and senior Andrew Cash finished with eight tackles (five solo) and two tackle for losses.


The Bears are fourth in the division running’s as Winston-Salem State (4-2, 2-1 CIAA, 1-0 South) is currently in first place, following Saint Augustine’s (2-4, 2-1 CIAA, 1-0 South) being second and Fayetteville State (2-4, 1-2 CIAA, 1-0 South), third.


Shaw concluded the game just 3-for-10 in third down conversions and was 0-for-4 in field goals compared the Broncos who connected 8-of-13 in third downs and 1-4 in field goals.


Livingstone: The Blue Bears (0-6, 0-3 CIAA) have not won a game this season as they are 0-1 in the South after falling to Saint Augustine’s thanks to a late field goal that prevailed the Falcons over LC by the score of 30-29 on Oct. 7. The Blue Bears finished with 416 total yards, including 255 that came from rushing led by Jarius Richardson who produced 124 yards on 26 carries and one score. Justin Ruffin ran for 99 yards on 10 carries while Xavier Longerbeam completed 13-of-25 passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns.


LC currently stands in sixth place in the Southern Division.

Up Next:

Shaw heads to Charlotte, N.C. to face Johnson C. Smith on Saturday, Oct. 22. The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

Urban Media Today Black College Football Poll 10/09/17

The UMT Black College Football Poll  10/09/17 ( Week 6) 
#  1 Grambling State      5-1    (Beat Prairie View A&M 34-21)
#  2 N.Carolina Central   4-1    (Beat Howard 13-7)
#  3 North Carolina A&T  6-0    (Beat Delaware State 44-3)
#  4 Bowie State              6-0    (Beat Chowan 41-10)
#  5 Virginiia State           5-0    (Beat Elizabeth City St 56-0)
#  6 Tennessee State      4-2     (Beat Eastern Kentucky 45-21)
#  7  Alcorn State            4-2     (Beat Alabama State 24-10)
#  8  Albany State           4-2     (Beat Lincoln (Mo) 30-10)
#  9  Howard                    2-3     (Lost to NCCU 13-7)
#10  Langston                  5-0     (Beat Lane 27-21)
Honorable Mention 
Tuskegee              4-2     (Beat Morehouse 23-17)
Virginia Union       4-2     (Beat Lincoln (PA) 45-23)
Winston Salem St 4-2     (Beat J.C. Smith  27-22)
Clark-Atlanta.         3-3     ( Lost to Fort Valley State  41-24)
Hampton.               3-2      (Beat Savannah State 17-10)

This Week In Black College Football with Trevin A Jones

This week I take a look at the group of  HBCU Quarterbacks who have been performing at a high level at this point of the season:  Amir Hall of Bowie State, Lamar Raynard of North Carolina A&T, Matt Kinnick of West Virginia State, Lenorris Footman of Alcorn State and Grambling States’ Devante Kincade.

Who would you consider is your “Fab Five” at this point of the season?

Make sure to check back  Monday for this weekends results  and the updated “Urban Media Today Black College Football Poll”

Trevin A  Jones

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Reach out with questions or comments at Trevin@UrbanMediaToday.com

Urban Media Today Black College Football Poll 10/02/17

UMT Black College Football   Poll  10/02/17  (Week 5):


1 Grambling St.            4-1     (Beat  #8  Clark-Atlanta 31-20)

2 N. Carolina Central   3-1     (Beat Florida A&M 21-14)

3 North Carolina A&T   5-0     (Beat S.C. State  21-7)

4 Bowie State               5-0     (Beat Fayetteville State 64-31)

5 Virginia State             4-0     (Beat Livingstone 56-18)

6 Howard                      2-2     (BYE Week )

7 Tennessee State        3-2     (Lost to Eastern Illinois in OT  19-16)

8  Clark -Atlanta            3-2     (Lost to #1 Grambling St  31-20)

9  Alcorn State              3-2     (Beat Texas Southern 24-17)

10 Albany State            3-2     (Beat Miles 34-9)

Honorable Mention :

Langston                       4-0    (Beat  Texas Wesleyan 34-0 )

Hampton                       2-2    (Bye Week)

Prairie View A&M          2-2    (Beat Jackson State  38-9)

Tuskegee                      3-2    (Beat Lane  28-23)

Virginia Union               3-2    (Beat St Augustine’s 28-7)

Make sure to check back for this weekends preview and the UMT player watch list.


Trevin A  Jones

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