North Carolina A&T won its third straight game and remains No. 1 in both the BOXTOROW Coaches and Media Polls. Florida A&M’s loss to South Carolina State also caused some shifts in the polls.
In the coaches poll, A&T received all but two first place votes, those votes going to Alcorn State who remains No. 2. Southern and Grambling sit at the No. 3 and No. 4 spots, each moving up one spot from last week. FAMU is at No. 5 this week. South Carolina State has three straight and four of its last five games and enters the poll for the first time this year at No. 10. Jackson State has won two straight and also enters the poll at the first time this season at No. 8.
FAMU’s loss also caused shifts in the media poll as Bowie State moved up to No. 3 after defeating Fayetteville State in the CIAA championship game. Southern, Grambling and Virginia Union all moved up one spot. Hampton and Langston enter the poll for the first time this season, the Pirates at No. 8 and the Lions at No. 9.
BOXTOROW National Player of the Week: Amir Hall
Hall became the CIAA’s all-time leading passer on a 17-yard completion to wide receiver Lansana Sesay in the Bulldogs 30-10 victory over Fayetteville State in the CIAA championship game. He tallied 318 yards of total offense and was responsible for all four touchdowns as Bowie State won its first CIAA championship. The reigning BOXTOROW National Offensive Player of the Year rushed for 138 yards and three touchdowns and completed 15-of-26 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown. Hall has thrown for 10,711 yards and 99 touchdowns in 36 games and rushed for 1,111 yards and 23 touchdowns.
The BOXTOROW HBCU FCS coaches poll and media poll are 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.