NASHVILLE --- Five Tigers were named to the 2016 BOXTOROW HBCU All-America Team. Offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker, cornerback Ezra Robinson and kicker Lane Clark were all selected to the First Team, while defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko and return specialist Chris Rowland were Honorable Mention.
Dunker was named first team All-Ohio Valley Conference and Second Team All-American by College Sports Madness. Dunker, along with Robinson, also accepted an invitation to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl. Robinson finished second in the OVC and 14th in the nation with 0.5 interceptions per game. The senior also tied for second in the country with two pickoffs returned for touchdowns.
Clark led the nation in field goals made from 40-yards and beyond with nine. The junior kicked four of the five longest field goals in TSU history this season, including the top three. His 57-yarder against UT Martin was the second longest in FCS play this season and the longest in the OVC for the past 15 years.
Ogundeko started the season strong before an injury limited his play over the last seven games. The junior still managed to lead the team in tackles for loss (11.0) and sacks (5.5).
Rowland set a school record for kickoff return yardage in his freshman season with 965 yards and led the nation with 1,103 combined kick return yardage.
2016 BOXTOROW All-America Team
QB: DeVante Kincade, Grambling, Jr., Dallas, Texas
RB: Tarik Cohen, North Carolina A&T, Sr., Bunn, N.C. %
RB: Lenard Tillery, Southern, r-Sr., Baton Rouge, La.$
OL: Brandon Parker, North Carolina A&T, r-Jr., Kannapolis, N.C. $
OL: Jessamen Dunker, Tennessee State, r-Sr., Boynton Beach, Fla.
OL: Carl Jones, North Carolina Central, r-Sr., Nashville, Tenn. $
OL: Justin Miller, Grambling, Sr., Ruston, La. $
OL: Jac’Que Polite, Winston-Salem State, Sr., Ridgeland, S.C.
TE: Victor Tabbs, Elizabeth City State, Sr., Suitland, Md.
WR: Chad Williams, Grambling, Jr., Baton Rouge, La.
WR: Nyme Manns, Bowie State, r-Sr., Baltimore, Md. $
DL: Whitney Richardson, Lane, Jr., Perkinston, Miss.
DL: Javancy Jones, Jackson State, Sr., Macon, Miss. $
DL: Marquis Ragland, North Carolina A&T, r-Sr., Fayetteville, N.C. $
DL: Marquis Smith, Savannah State, Sr., District Heights, Md. *
DL: Donovan McCray, Grambling, Sr., Baton Rouge, La.*
LB: Darius Leonard, South Carolina State, r-Jr., Lake View, S.C.
LB: Jeremy Taylor, North Carolina A&T, r-Jr., Kinston, N.C.
LB: Osband Thompson, Tuskegee, Jr., Miami, Fla.
DB: Danny Johnson, Southern, Jr., East Feliciana, La.
DB: Phillip Henry, South Carolina State, r-Sr., Manning, S.C.
DB: Carlo Thomas, Johnson C. Smith, Soph., East Orange, N.J. $
DB: Malcolm Cherry, Elizabeth City State, Sr., Lewiston, N.C.*
DB: Ezra Robinson, Tennessee State, r-Sr., Sarasota, Fla.*
P: John Barron, Savannah State, Sr., Marietta, Ga.
PK: Lane Clark, Tennessee State, Jr., Hays, Kan.
RS: Willie Quinn, Southern, Sr., Miami, Fla.%
PR: Mike Jones, North Carolina Central, r-Jr., Baltimore, Md.
KR: Martez Carter, Grambling, Jr., Monroe, La.
$2015 BOXTOROW All-American
%three-time BOXTOROW All-American
QB: Malcolm Bell, North Carolina Central
OL: Toree Boyd Howard; Leeward Brown Tuskegee
TE: Dillon Beard Southern, Leon Gilbert, Tuskegee
WR: Rashawn Proctor, Hampton; Willie Quinn, Southern; LaVontis Smith, North Carolina Central
DL: Jarrell Bright, Winston-Salem State; Bryant Frazier, Virginia State; Frederick Henry-Ajudua North Carolina Central; Angelo Keyes, North Carolina A&T; Ebenezer Ogundeko, Tennessee State; Miles Pace, Virginia Union; Samuel Reese, Grambling; Aaron Tiller, Southern
LB: Darien Anderson, Alcorn State; Kourtney Berry, Alabama State; Arkez Cooper, Grambling; Geo Feggins, Virginia State
DB: Jacques Bryant, Florida A&M; Jameel Jackson, Grambling; Mike Jones, North Carolina Central; Guy Stallworth, Grambling
P: Eric Medina, Texas Southern
PK: Eric Medina, Texas Southern
RS: Chris Rowland, Tennessee State
KR: Khris Gardin, North Carolina A&T