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HBCU Quarterback U: Florida A&M

Florida A&M has produced a number of talented passers over the years, dating back to the 1960s.

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Jajuan Seider (1999)

In the spring of 1999 it looked like the job of replacing Bonner would fall on the shoulders of Gray. Then along came Jajuan Seider, who saw Bonner’s success and wanted a piece for himself. Like Bonner before him, Seider was a Florida boy who went to the Big East (West Virginia) but ultimately returned home to the HBCU to play for Billy Joe.

Gray started the season as the head signal caller, but Joe ultimately went with Seider who could make plays with his arms and legs. He led the team to the 1999 MEAC title and the national semifinals while earning conference player of the year, accumulating over 3,400 yards and 41 touchdowns while throwing just four picks. He was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the 2000 NFL Draft, just a few picks behind Tom Brady.

Quinn Gray (1997-2001)

While many dreaded the calendar year switching to 2000, Quinn Gray embraced it. Gray was handed the reigns of the Gulf Coast Offense after redshirting in 1997, mostly watching from the sidelines in 1998 and seeing action as a backup in 1999.

He led FAMU to back-to-back MEAC titles and left as the school’s all-time leader in attempts (1,113), completions (562), yards (7,378), and touchdown passes (57). He would go on to have the most successful NFL career of any of the quarterbacks on this list, spending seven seasons in the league.

Curtis Pulley (2008-09)

Like Bonner and Seider, Pulley came to FAMU after starting his career in the FBS ranks. The former Mr. Kentucky in football started his career at UK, but came to Tallahassee for his final two seasons. He ran for 1,776 yards on the ground with 13 touchdowns while throwing for 3,206 yards and 32 touchdowns. Hew was named MEAC Offensive Player of The Year as a senior in 2009.

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FAMU QB Ryan Stanley preps to throw a pass against A&T in 2016.

Ryan Stanley (2016-2019)

Recruited by Quinn Gray while in high school, Stanley spent the majority of his four seasons as FAMU’s starter. His first three years were marked by inconsistent play, bug touchdowns would be followed big interceptions at critical times. But his senior season proved to be his best as he threw 23 touchdowns to just seven interceptions while leading his team to a 9-2 record and setting new program records for passing completions (694) attempts (1,149), yards (8,455) and touchdowns (63) and being named MEAC Offensive POTY.

Honorable Mention: Damien Fleming, Mario Allen,

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HBCU Quarterback U: Florida A&M
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  1. Derrick Allen White

    May 17, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    Can somebody name the starting quarterbacks on FAMU’ s football team during the 1983-1984 season.I remember seeing FAMU at Howard that football season and the FAMU quarterback kept throwing passes sometimes like 60 yards to a receiver I think named Ray Alexander?Who was that quarterback?

  2. Vaughn Wilson

    May 19, 2019 at 3:02 am

    This is very well researched article. It does however miss Curtis Pulley. That dude used to take over games.

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