The Wildcats had four players make the prestigious list.
Bethune-Cookman won’t be sneaking up on anybody this season.
Just two weeks after 11 players were named to the All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference preseason team, the Wildcats had four athletes named to the Black Player of the Year Watch List on Wednesday. Over the past two seasons only two B-CU players — safety Diquan Richardson (2017) and offensive lineman Dwyane Brown (2018) — have made the list.
Former North Carolina A&T and current Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen was selected in 2016 as the inaugural recipient of the award, honoring the top player at a Historically Black College and University. Bowie State quarterback Amir Hall was the 2017 and 2018 recipient.
“There are many gifted football players competing at Historically Black Colleges and Universities right now,” said Super Bowl XXII MVP and Black College Hall of Fame co-founder Doug Williams. “This award is a way for the Black College Football Hall of Fame to recognize these talented student-athletes.”
Running back Jimmie Robinson was the lone B-CU offensive player to make the list, joining defensive lineman Marques Ford, defensive back Trevor Merritt and linebacker Marques Hendrix.
Robinson, who was also named a STATS Preseason All-American earlier this month, led the ‘Cats in scoring (68 points) last season while also registering a conference-best 1,512 all-purpose yards. The former FPC star also averaged over 33 yards per kick return in 2018, which was fourth in the country.
Ford, a redshirt senior, led the Wildcats with 8.5 sacks last season, while Merritt had four interceptions. Hendrix has been among B-CU’s leading tacklers over the past two seasons, finishing with 83 last fall to go along with 2.5 sacks and a pair of interceptions.
The winner of the 2019 award will be honored with the Deacon Jones Trophy during the Black College Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony Feb. 15 in Atlanta. Four finalists will be unveiled on Dec. 3.
The Wildcats open the 2019 regular season Sept. 1 against Jackson State in Atlanta.