NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State’s Kevin Kenton and Ronald Butler participated in the first ever HBCU Spirit of America Bowl in Virginia Beach, Va. on Sunday evening. The two Tigers were a part of the Brave team which claimed a 14-10 victory.
Kenton saw significant time on the offensive line, playing 57 snaps at left guard and center. Most of the first drive was directed behind the block of the 6-2, 300-pound former Tiger, ending with a seal-off block allowing quarterback Malcolm Bell of North Carolina Central to score on a 15-yard run for the games initial touchdown.
Kenton won over 94-percent of his matchups, creating holes and pushing back defenders on pass defense. The West Palm Beach, Fla. native would not surrender a sack on the evening.
Butler split time with two other quarterbacks, playing the third and fourth series of each half. The Tallahassee, Fla. product played for 18 snaps and completed two passes in six attempts for seven yards and an interception. Butler found success on the ground averaging 4.6 yards per carry as he ran for 23 yards on five carries.
The TSU duo kicked-off the All-Star appearances for the Big Blue, as Ezra Robinson and Jessamen Dunker head down to Mobile, Ala. on Jan. 22 to begin training for the Reese’s Senior Bowl. The game will be played on Saturday, Jan. 28.