Hickbottom and Team Gaither defeat Team Robinson in first-ever HBCU Legacy Bowl
Other notable outings came from team Robinson linebacker Derrick Mayweather of Florida A&M, who had six tackles, and team defensive lineman Gaither Da’Shaan Dixon (Norfolk State; four tackles, 1 .5 tackles for loss, broken pass) and wide receiver Marquis McClain (Southern University and A&M College; seven receptions for 84 yards).
Some of the most prominent current NFL players from the HBCUs are linebacker Darius Leonard (South Carolina State, Indianapolis Colts), offensive tackle Terron Armstead (Arkansas-Pine Bluff, New Orleans Saints), defensive tackle Javon Hargrave ( South Carolina State, Philadelphia Eagles) and running back Tarik Cohen (North Carolina A&T, Chicago Bears). However, no HBCU product was selected in the 2021 NFL Draft and there has only been one in the past two drafts.
While Saturday’s showcase hoped to improve on those numbers, Alabama A&M quarterback Aqeel Glass came in with the most fanfare. Having won the last two Black College Football Player of the Year accolades, Glass boasts good height (6-foot-5, 215 pounds), excellent leadership and a strong arm. Unfortunately, he had a mediocre outing on Saturday, starting the day just 1 of 5 and finishing it 4 of 15 for 51 yards, no touchdowns and a 55.2 rating for Team Robinson.
Another promising prospect is Alabama State running back Ezra Gray, but he lost possession on Team Robinson’s first practice. The 5-foot-7 Dynamo was able to bounce back to turn on a relatively solid day to the tune of four carries for 33 yards (8.3 yards per carry), which was top running honor.