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Hankerson named to watch list for black college football player of the year


NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk State senior quarterback Greg Hankerson was named Wednesday to the preseason watch list for the inaugural Deacon Jones Trophy, which will be awarded this year to the most outstanding college football player from a historically black college and university (HBCU).

The winner of this year’s award will be announced on Feb. 25, 2017 at the eighth annual Black College Football Hall of Fame Ceremony in Atlanta, Ga. The award is named after NFL Hall of Famer Deacon Jones, who played defensive end for South Carolina State and then Mississippi Valley State from 1958 to 1960.

Hankerson is one of 52 players on the preseason watch list, which encompasses players from the Division I, Division II and independent HBCU ranks.

Hankerson, a preseason All-MEAC second-team selection, is the MEAC’s leading returner in total offensive yardage. Hankerson amassed 2,475 yards of offense last year in his first season as a Spartan after transferring from Florida Atlantic. Hankerson passed for 2,052 yards and 13 touchdowns against just five interceptions last season. He also ran for a team-high 423 yards and scored three touchdowns on the ground.

The 2,475 yards of offense are the fourth-highest single-season total for a player in NSU history.

For more on the award, including the entire watch list, click here.

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