2017 Football

HBCU stars get to shine at Rose Bowl on Saturday

Another opportunity to impress NFL scouts lies ahead.

Saturday’s NFLPA Collegiate Bowl will have some pretty decent HBCU representation this year.  The 112 participants in this weekend’s game at the Rose Bowl will feature six players from HBCUs. Southern’s Aaron Tiller and Tennessee State’s Ebenezer Ogundeko will line up at defensive end for the “American Team.” They will be joined by Grambling’s Martez Carter and Virginia State’s Trent Cannon at running back.   Super Bowl-winning coach Mike Martz will coach the “American Team.”

The “National Team” will be led by Pro Football Hall of Famer Darrell Green.  He will have Anthony Philyaw from Howard and Justin Evans from South Carolina State at his disposal.

AMERICAN TEAM (coached by Darrell Green)


First Name Last Name Position School Team
Aaron Tiller DE Southern University American
 Ebenezer Ogundeko DE  Tennessee St  American
Martez Carter RB Grambling State American
 Trenton  Cannon  RB/KR  Virginia State University  American

NATIONAL TEAM (coached by Mike Martz)


First Name Last Name Position School Team
 Anthony Philyaw RB Howard University National
Justin Evans  OT  South Carolina State National


Diverse coaching staff

Each coaching staff will have 18 assistants, many of them household names for fans of the NFL. Darrell Green’s staff will feature a couple of HBCU connections as well.  Current Clark Atlanta University assistant coach Dexter Jackson will coach the defensive backs this week.  While Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist and former Grambling star Everson Walls will coach the cornerbacks.

The game is another opportunity for scouts to see players up close and determine what type of pro they might ultimately be.  Former HBCU stars Tarik Cohen and Chad Williams were drafted into the NFL after playing in last years game.  Cohen was actually the MVP of the 2017 game.  For players like Carter, there is a similar buzz floating around.


The seventh annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl kicks off on Saturday at 4 pm live on FS1. The experience is more than just football. The week is filled with off the field sessions where participants will learn about the business of football.




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