2018 Deacon Jones Trophy

The most outstanding football player from a Historically Black College & University (HBCU).

The HBCU Player of the Year receives the prestigious Deacon Jones Trophy, named in honor of the football legend and inaugural Black College Football Hall of Fame inductee.

Jones was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980. He specialized in quarterback “sacks”, a term which he coined.

Who Votes?

The Player of the Year was voted on by a five-member Selection Committee, which is composed of Black College Football Hall of Fame Co-Founders James “Shack” Harris and Doug Williams, Sheridan Broadcast Network’s Director of Sports Ty Miller, former USA Today sports writer Roscoe Nance and ESPN College Football Analyst Jay Walker.




Hill was asked to play in this year’s NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Hall led the Bulldogs to a 9-2 regular season record and a berth in the NCAA Division II playoffs. He threw for 3,519 yards and 41 touchdowns in 11 games. He completed 65 percent of his passes while throwing just four interceptions in 381 attempts, leading the nation’s top Division II offense. Hall threw for at least 300 yards in a game seven times and surpassed 400 yards twice. Perhaps most impressively, he accounted for 294 points between passing and rushing touchdowns.

Hill was a finalist for the Harlon Hill Award, given to the most valuable player in NCAA Division II, in 2017 and 2018.


The 2018 HBCU Player of the Year Award finalists included:

  • NC AT&T – DE Darryl Johnson, junior
  • Bowie State – QB Amir Hall, senior
  • Alcorn State – QB Noah Johnson, junior
  • Howard – QB Caylin Newton, sophomore

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