The football season is still weeks away for the Morehouse Maroon Tigers and their fans but there are still reasons to celebrate. The team’s quarterback and running back were recently named to the Deacon Jones Trophy watch list. Junior quarterback Micheal Sims and junior running back and Santo Dunn are among dozens of players from the SIAC, CIAA, MEAC, Ohio Valley Conference and SWAC expected to vie for the black college football player of the award named after the late National Football League Hall of Fame defensive end.

Sims spent his first season on campus as a backup splitting time with a senior, from that point on Sims has been one of the SIAc’s best players. Last season the Detroit native threw for over 1,800 yards and 14 touchdowns with only four interceptions during his 10 starts.

Dunn, a dual-threat out of nearby Griffin High School, came into the SIAC with a huge reputation and has not failed to live up to that and then some. The Miami (Fl.) native led the Maroon Tigers in rushing and rushing scores with 875 yards and 14 touchdowns, respectively, while also being a dangerous receiving option for Sims out of the backfield. Dunn caught 24 balls for 175 yards and two touchdowns.

Also maned to the watch list are Alabama A&M running back Jordan Bentley (The Bulldogs will face Morehouse in the season opener in Canton, Ohio next month), Howard University quarterback Caylin Newton and Jalen Morton, Prairie View A&M’s dynamic quarterback.

The final three nominees will be announced on Dec. 3 with the Black College Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony and awards to take place on Feb. 15, 2020 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

Photo by: Itoro N. Umontuen/The Atlanta Voice

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Donnell began his career covering sports and news in Atlanta nearly two decades ago. Since then he has written for Atlanta Business Chronicle, The Southern Cross...

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