Although the league has currently shrunk to 4 teams, the Arena Football League is surely a proving ground for football talent. Since 1987, the AFL has provided football fans with a high scoring alternative to the football that fans are used to.
The AFL is also a proving ground for players from HBCUs. As NFL and CFL agents scout through the league; these HBCU players as using the AFL the shine. Here are players from HBCUs who were on AFL rosters this season.
Keith Newell (OL) – Delaware State
James Romain (DB) – Delaware State
Greg McPhee (QB) – Howard
Mykel Benson (BB) – Florida A&M
Ryan Cave (OL) – Hampton
Joe Hills (WR) – Tennessee State
Terrance Smith (WR) – South Carolina State
Joe Sykes (DL) – Southern
Raymond McNeil (OL) – Fort Valley State
Dexter Jackson (LB) – Bethune Cookman
Arvell Nelson (QB) – Texas Southern
T.T. Toliver (WR) – Bethune Cookman
Alvin Ray Jackson (LB) – Albany State
Douglas McNeil (WR) – Bowie State
Players to Mention
Doug McNeil III
The former Bowie State star had eight receptions, 95 receiving yards and four total touchdowns in the Arena Bowl.
— MonumentalSportsNet (@MonSportsNet) July 17, 2018
The TSU alum collected 1045 total receiving yards and 33 touchdowns on the year. He led the AFL in receiving touchdowns.
Joe Hills 1, Wall 0 pic.twitter.com/G6oLFIRuF0
— Albany Empire (@Albany_Empire) July 12, 2018
Romain had 54 tackles on the season; sixth in the AFL. He also collected four interceptions as well. He was named AFL Defensive Back of the Year.
AFL DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE YEAR 😎🙌 #RoadTo3Peat🏆
— Philadelphia Soul (@soulfootball) July 19, 2018
“I mean for me, this is the highest. In any sport at any level, to win the championship is the highest praise so I would say this is the highest.”
Nelson went 23/33 passing with 223 passing yards. He threw for three passing touchdowns. He notched an ArenaBowl-record 15 rushing attempts, 42 rushing yards, and an ArenaBowl-record five rushing touchdowns. He was named MVP of the contest.
He threw for 27 touchdowns and ran for six on the season.
— Washington Valor (@WashingtonValor) July 29, 2018