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HBCU athletes shine at first-ever combine

Forty athletes from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) had a chance to shine in front of NFL scouts and personnel at the first-ever HBCU Combine held on Friday, January 28th and Saturday, January 29th. The event took place at the University of South Alabama Jaguar Training Center in Mobile, Alabama in partnership with the Reece’s Senior Bowl.

Last year after no HBCU athletes were picked in the 2021 NFL Draft, former NFL legend Deion Sanders was very vocal that something needs to change. Prior to that, Alabama State offensive lineman Tytus Howard was drafted 25th overall by the Houston Texans in 2019, the first HBCU player selected in the first round since 2008.

By partnering with the Senior Bowl, the HBCU Combine is an opportunity for players to showcase their skills on a higher level.

The full list of players who attended can be found below:

Dee AndersonTEAlabama A&M
Aqeel GlassQBAlabama A&M
Ezra GrayRBAlabama State
Felix HarperQBAlcorn State
Juwan TaylorDSAlcorn State
Solomon WiseOLBAlcorn State
Josh WilkesWRArkansas Pine-Bluff
KeShawn WilliamsRBArkansas Pine-Bluff
Untareo JohnsonOLBBethune-Cookman
Jamal SavageOTBethune-Cookman
Trey GrossWRDelaware State
Kwannah KollieWRDelaware State
Elvin De La RosaDSFayetteville State
Keyshawn JamesDEFayetteville State
Antwan CollierDSFlorida A&M
Keenan ForbesOGFlorida A&M
Shemar BridgesWRFort Valley State
James FaganDTHampton
Jett DuffeyQBHampton
Keith CorbinWRJackson State
Kingston DavisRBMiles
Jerry GarnerOLBMississippi Valley State
Juwan CarterQBNorfolk State
Chris MyersOLBNorfolk State
Korey BanksWRNorth Carolina A&T
Ron HuntWRNorth Carolina A&T
Jah-Maine MartinRBNorth Carolina A&T
Jawon PassQBPrairie View A&M
Chad GilchristILBSouth Carolina State
Zafir KellyDCSouth Carolina State
Will VereenWRSouth Carolina State
Marquis McClainWRSouthern
Ladarius SkeltonQBSouthern
Cam DurleyOTTennessee State
Cory RahmanDSTennessee State
Jonathan GilesWRTexas Southern
Jeff ProctorRBTexas Southern
Will AdamsDSVirginia State
Javon FrazierOLBVirginia State
Zachary WilcoxOTVirginia State