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3 HBCU players invited to Combine
Published Friday, February 9, 2018
by Bonitta Best

South Carolina State linebacker Darius Leonard, Southern defensive back Danny Johnson and North Carolina A&T offensive lineman Brandon Parker were the only HBCU players invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine later this month in Indianapolis.

They join 333 other players for the weeklong showcase in front of coaches, general managers and scouts.

Barlow stays at VSU

Reggie Barlow isn’t an Oakland Raider after all.

Rumors had swirled that Barlow was leaving Virginia State to take an assistant coach’s position with new Raiders coach Jon Gruden. The two are good friends, and Barlow even attended Gruden’s press conference. That set tongues wagging that Barlow’s days in Virginia were numbered. Instead he signed a contract extension last week.

“What a great day!” Barlow said at the signing. “This new contract is a product of hard work and hard work by our assistant coaches. This is a product of a great group of young men who bought into our Discipline. Attitude. Sacrifice. Habits and Heart philosophy.”

The Trojans finished last season 10-1, including an undefeated conference season in just Barlow’s second year. They lost in the first round of the playoffs.

We’re No. 1

The 45th Annual Bayou Classic was the top-ranked HBCU classic of 2017. Over 66,550 fans attended the game between Grambling State and Southern.

No. 2 was the Magic City Classic (61,221), State Fair Classic (55,231) at No. 3 and Florida Classic (47, 819) at No. 4.

JSU’s Brazile gets HOF nod

Jackson State alum Robert Brazile is one of eight new inductees into the 2018 NFL Hall of Fame.

Brazile’s name was called the day before Super Bowl LII. He played 10 seasons with the Houston Oilers from 1975-1984. The late Houston coach Bum Phillips called Brazile “Lawrence Taylor before Lawrence Taylor.”

Brazile was named to the NFL All-Decade Team for the 1970s and was the 1975 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. He will join Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Brian Urlacher, Terrell Owens, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer and Bobby Beathard.



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