ATLANTA, GA (WAFB) - Southern running back Lenard Tillery is one of four finalists for the inaugural Black College Football Player of the Year Award.
The Black College Football Hall of Fame announced the four finalists for the award Wednesday in Atlanta, GA.
Joining Tillery are North Carolina Central University quarterback Malcolm Bell, North Carolina A&T running back Tarik Cohen and Grambling State quarterback Devante Kincade.
Tillery led the SWAC in rushing yards (1,665), rushing touchdowns (13), all-purpose yards (1,972) and total touchdowns (15) this season. He also became the conference's all-time leading rusher.
The award will be presented annually to the most outstanding football player from a Historically Black College & University that embodies the rich tradition of athletic excellence and integrity associated with HBCUs.
The 2016 Player of the Year Award will be announced on February 25, 2017 at the Eighth Annual Black College Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Atlanta, GA.
The winner will be presented with the Deacon Jones Trophy, named in honor of the football legend and inaugural BCFHOF inductee.