For the second year in a row, Bowie State quarterback Amir Hall has been named BOXTOROW National Offensive Player of the Year.
The senior from Bowie, Md. was selected for the offensive player of the year award after leading Bowie State to a 10-3 record, its first ever CIAA championship and a win in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs. Hall became the CIAA’s all-time leading passer, as he finished the season completing 65 percent of his passes for 4,152 yards and 31 touchdowns. He also rushed for 445 yards and seven touchdowns.
North Carolina A&T defensive lineman Darryl Johnson was named BOXTOROW Defensive Player of the Year.
North Carolina A&T head coach Sam Washington was voted BOXTOROW Coach of the Year, winning the award in his first season as the head coach of the Aggies.
North Carolina A&T kick returner Malik Wilson was awarded the BOXTOROW Special Teams Player of the Year.
Alcorn State running back De’Shawn Waller was named BOXTOROW Impact Player of the Year.
Johnson, a junior from Kingsland, Ga., was named MEAC Defensive Player of the Year and leads the MEAC with 10.5 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss.
Waller is in his first season with Alcorn State and has rushed for the most touchdowns (12) in the SWAC. He has carried the ball 168 times for 1,048 yards, is averaging 6.2 yards per carry and has rushed for 100 or more yards in a game five times. He is averaging 126.4 yards rushing in his last five games.
In his first season, Washington has led the Aggies to a 9-2 record including a win over highly ranked Jacksonville State to open the season and a win over FBS opponent ECU. Washington served as the defensive coordinator at North Carolina A&T the previous seven seasons.
The voters on the BOXTOROW Awards are comprised of media members from around the nation that cover HBCU football.
OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
2018 Amir Hall, Bowie State
2017 Amir Hall, Bowie State
2016 Tarik Cohen, North Carolina A&T
2015 Johnathan Williams, Grambling State
2014 John Gibbs, Jr., Alcorn State
2013 Dray Joseph, Southern
2012 Kameron Smith, Winston-Salem State
2011 Casey Therriault, Jackson State
2010 Frank Warren, Grambling State
2009 Will Ford, South Carolina State
2008 Will Ford, South Carolina State
2007 Jacary Atkinson, Tuskegee
DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
2018 Darryl Johnson, North Carolina A&T
2017 Darius Leonard, South Carolina State
2016 Darius Leonard, South Carolina State
2015 Javon Hargrave, South Carolina State
2014 Javon Hargrave, South Carolina State
2013 Darnell Evans, Shaw
2012 Brandon Thurmond, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
2011 Adrian Hamilton, Prairie View A&M
2010 Kenrick Ellis, Hampton
2009 Christian Anthony, Grambling
2008 Marcellus Speaks, Jackson State
2007 Zach East, Prairie View A&M
COACHES OF THE YEAR
2018 Sam Washington, North Carolina A&T
2017 Rod Broadway, North Carolina A&T
2016 Broderick Fobbs, Grambling State and Jerry Mack, North Carolina Central
2015 Broderick Fobbs, Grambling State
2014 Jay Hopson, Alcorn State
2013 Rod Reed, Tennessee State
2012 Connell Maynor, Winston-Salem State
2011 Connell Maynor, Winston-Salem State
2010 Brian Jenkins, Bethune-Cookman
2009 Henry Frazier, Prairie View A&M
2008 Rod Broadway, Grambling State
2007 Al Lavan, Delaware State
ROOKIES/NEWCOMERS OF THE YEAR
2018 Dejuan Miller, Arkansas Pine Bluff
2017 Caylin Newton, Howard
2016 Jordan Bentley, Alabama A&M
2015 Dorrel McClain, North Carolina Central/Hakeem Holland, Virginia Union
2014 Austin Howard, Southern
2013 Tarik Cohen, North Carolina A&T
2012 Damon Gresham Chisholm, Howard
2011 Greg McGhee, Howard
2010 Casey Therriault, Jackson State
2009 Ari Johnson, Grambling State
2008 Greg Dillon, Grambling State
2007 Frank Warren, Grambling State
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
2018 Malik Wilson, North Carolina A&T
2017 Trenton Cannon, Virginia State
2016 Willie Quinn, Southern
2015 Willie Quinn, Southern
2018 De’Shawn Waller
2017 Caylin Newton, Howard
2016 DeVante Kincade, Grambling
2015 Lenorris Footman, Alcorn State