Week 4 BOXTOROW Polls: Tennessee State is the new No. 1 in HBCU football

Prairie View A&M Quarterback Jalen Morton (6-3, 225, Redshirt-Junior, Arlington, Texas)

The North Carolina A&T Aggies reign as the No.1 team in HBCU football is over.

For 384 days the Aggies were No. 1 in the BOXTOROW Coaches and Media Polls, but dropped to No. 2 after Saturday’s 16-13 shocking loss to unranked Morgan State, who got its first win of the season. Tennessee State, who was last No. 1 in both polls in Week 7 of 2012, is the top team in all of HBCU football. The Tigers earned a 41-40 victory over fellow OVC foe Eastern Illinois.

The first place votes were split in the coaches poll, with the Tigers receiving 15-of-20 first place votes. Prairie View A&M and Howard both won – the Panthers defeated Arkansas Pine Bluff 62-13 and the Bison defeated Bethune-Cookman 41-35 in the Circle City Classic in Indianapolis – but traded places from last week, PV moving to No. 5 and Howard to No. 6. Norfolk State entered the poll for the first time this year at No.8 after its 17-7 victory over South Carolina State. Florida A&M re-entered the poll at No. 9 after defeating 31-13.

There was slight movement in the media poll, as nine of the teams in the poll all won on Saturday. Bowie State and Prairie View A&M both tied for the No. 6 spot with the Panthers moving up one spot from last week, while the Bulldogs moved down a spot. Alcorn State moved up one spot from last week and is No. 5, while Norfolk State enters the poll for the first time this season at No. 10.

BOXTOROW National Player of the Week: Jalen Morton

Morton had a record-breaking day gaining 511 yards of total offense and six touchdowns as he set a single-game school record with 255 rushing yards, and tied a school record with four rushing touchdowns. He completed 16-of-24 passes for 256 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions as the Panthers defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 62-13. Morton leads the SWAC in passing yards (1,158), passing touchdowns (10) and total offense (316.4), where he is also ranked 10th in FCS.

The BOXTOROW HBCU FCS coaches poll and the media poll is administered by FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW. The coaches poll is voted on by the HBCU Football Championship Subdivision coaches and the media poll is voted on by media members around the country who cover HBCU football.

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