Members of the Inaugural TAJ-Talented 10th Black College All-American Team.
During the month of February, (Black History Month) one member of the All-American team will be featured on the UrbanmediaToday.com website daily. Today we put the spot light on:
Virginia State’s Trenton Cannon: (Running Back)
(Mallard Creek High School)
#1 Nationally in Black College Football All-Purpose yardage per game (244.18)
#1 Nationally in NCAA DII Football All-Purpose yardage per Game (244.18)
#1 Nationally in Black College Football avg yards per Carry (7.73)
#1 Nationally in Black College Football avg yards per Kick Return (33.7)
#1 Nationally in NCAA DII Football avg yards per Kick Return (33.7)
#1 Nationally in Black College Football Rushing Yards Total (1638)
#1 Nationally in Black College Football Yards Per game (149)
#3 Nationally in Black College Football Combined Kick Return yards total (823)
#3 Nationally in Black College Football Rushing touchdowns(17)
#10 Nationally in Black College Football Points Responsible for (132)
The Virgnia State Trojans went on the war path in 2017 and finished with a record of 10-1. Coach Reggie Barlow and his Orange and Blue were powered by an offense that averaged 463 yards per game. What coach failed to tell his opponents was that he had a Trojan Horse in Trenton Cannon. Now the league and anyone following the CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association), as well as black college football knew about Cannon ( in 2016 he ran for 1214 yards ,averaging 7.2 yards per carry and 110 yards per game).
Well to make a long story short, in 2017 Trent picked up where he left off in 2016 leaving every VSU opponent trying to figure out how to stop him. The Hampton native finished his final year in Petersburg with 1638 yards rushing and averaged 148 yards per contest.
The Senior running back had a two week period this season in which he achieved his season highs. First in the game against Bowie State; The battle between the top two teams in the CIAA. Cannon used his legs to run past and through Bowie State’s defense for 234 yards on 19 carries and 1 Touchdown.
The following week against Lincoln (Pa), Cannon averaged a whopping 28 yards per carry as he rushed for 253 yards on only nine carries against the Lions. By the way, he made three visits to the endzone in that game. There were only two games this past season that the young back did not have 100 yards in rushing ( 87 against Livingstone and 65 in the D2 Playoffs against West Georgia). But there was a six game streak during the season in which Cannon hit the 100 yard mark each game.
Trenton Cannon finished this past season with 1638 yards on 212 carries averaging 7.7 yards per carry and he made 17 trips to the end zone. Trent even found time to catch the ball 21 times for 225 yards and 3 touchdowns. Not to mention he had 25 kick returns for 821 yards and 2 more TDs.
— Trenton Cannon (@cannnon25) May 25, 2017