Now that we’ve taken a look at the top returning players in HBCU football, next we’ll take a look at the newcomers who could have a big impact in 2013. Today’s focus is on the CIAA. Next, we’ll check out the SWAC.
Joshua Glisson, Winston-Salem State
The most talked about new face at Winston-Salem State may be former Tennessee Volunteer E.J Abrams-Ward, but Glisson might have the biggest impact for WSSU this season. The 5’11, 205 pound running back from Charlotte’s Butler High ran for 1,114 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior, en route to earning All-State honors. The Rams already have a talented feature back in Maurice Lewis, but Lewis missed several games with injuries last season, so look for the freshman to get some valuable time in the backfield this season to help keep Lewis fresh.
Trevious Fulton, Shaw University
Shaw has a lot of experience returning from last season’s team, including running back Marquise Grizzle and two of the conference’s top receivers. One of the big missing links from last year’s offense, though, is quarterback James Stallons. Last season’s backup, Quinshon Odom, does have previous starting experience, but Shaw coach Robert Massey brought Fulton in to provide some competition. While Odom looked to have the edge in the spring game, Fulton’s timing with his receivers should get better as they get more comfortable with each other.
Phillip Bell, Fayetteville State
It was painfully obvious to anyone that watched Fayetteville State last season that the passing game let the rest of the team down. The Broncos finished last in passing yards and touchdowns. Enter hometown kid Phillip Bell. Bell produced 38 total touchdowns as a senior at EE Smith High School, including 18 through the air. Look for him to push for playing time this season.
Jaelen Williams, Virginia State
|At 6’2, 270 pounds, Jalen Williams already has the size to succeed in the CIAA. (Charles City High photo)|
Virginia State was a solid defensive team last year, but it never hurts to add additional talent. At 6’2, 270 pounds, William already has the size to play college football. Williams was a four year varsity starter at Charles City High, where he also played basketball and participated in track and field. Look for Williams to be one of the impact players from Latrell Scott’s first recruiting class at VSU.
Evan Jones, Johnson C. Smith
As if bringing back the CIAA’s most efficient quarterback and one of the best young receivers in the conference wasn’t enough, Johnson C. Smith has added this big play weapon to its arsenal. Though only 5’9, Jones runs a 4.4 40 yard dash, and comes from a talented Douglass High (GA) team. Jones should help ease the loss of 1,000 rusher Dedric Anderson.