One of the best HBCU quarterbacks of this era is ready to start his pro career. Former Grambling star DeVante Kincade told HBCU Gameday that has signed with the Maine Mammouths of the National Arena League.
“I’m blessed to be able to play the game I love,” Kincade told HBCU Gameday. “My mind and body is on another level and I’m ready to compete! I’m 211 and highly motivated!”
The 211 alludes to Kincade’s weight, which he put on in preparation for the NFL Draft. Some mock drafts had Kincade going late in the selection process, while most figured he’d at least get a tryout or a UDFA deal after a solid workout with the Dallas Cowboys. Neither happened and instead, Kincade will take his talents north as he realizes his dream of becoming a pro athlete.
Kincade’s career brief, but memorable
Kincade set the HBCU football world on fire in 2016 when he transferred to Grambling after starting his career in the SEC at Ole Miss. He led GSU to a 22-2 record in two seasons, throwing for just under 6,000 yards and 54 touchdowns to just eight interceptions in 537 pass attempts. Grambling won SWAC titles in both seasons with Kincade at the helm and claimed the HBCU National Title in 2016. Grambling never lost to a SWAC team with Kincade at the helm.
He’s joining a fledgling franchise in its first season in the NAL, one that is just 1-4 after its first five games.
The Dallas, TX native is the latest in a long line of former HBCU signal-callers who have found a home playing arena football after leaving the Yard. Former Howard star Greg McGhee, the MEAC’s all-time leader in offensive yardage, made his first start with the Philadelphia Soul last week.
Former HBCU stars currently playing quarterback in arena football leagues include:
Darren Daniels, Alabama State: High Country Grizzlies
Marcus Brooks, Shaw: Georgia Doom
Arvell Nelson, Texas Southern: Richmond RoughRiders
Damien Flemming, FAMU: Nebraska Danger
Greg Hankerson, Norfolk State: Nebraska Danger
Homer Causey, Texas Southern: Cedar Rapids Tigers
Drew Powell, Livingstone: Iowa Barnstormers
Current HBCU coaches like Alcorn State’s Fred McNair and Alabama A&M’s Connell Maynor all played arena ball after their college careers.