Eddie Robinson, Walter Payton head Black Hall


The brand new — and, for now, non-concrete — Black College Hall of Fame has elected its inaugural class and, needless to say, it will include quite a few familiar names.

Heading the list, of course, is legendary head coach Eddie Robinson.  The Grambling State icon coached at the school from 1941 through 1997, compiling a 408-165-15 career mark.

NFL Hall of Famers Walter Payton (Jackson State), Jerry Rice (Mississippi Valley State) and Deacon Jones (Mississippi Valley State) are also part of the first class that will include eight players, two coaches and one journalist.

The other inductees are:

Buck Buchanan, a defensive end for Grambling State (1959-1963)– Willie Galimore, a running back for Florida A&M (1953-1956)– Willie Lanier, a linebacker for Morgan State (1963-1967)– Ben Stevenson, a running back for Tuskegee (1923-1930)– Paul Younger, a running back-defensive back for Grambling State (1945-1948)– Alonzo Gaither, Florida A&M’s head coach from 1945 to 1969– Bill Nunn Jr., a former NFL scout and journalist for the Pittsburgh Courier.

There is no building for the Black College Hall of Fame — it’s a virtual, online tribute — but co-founders James Harris and Doug Williams are hopeful that the group will get a spot at the new College Football Hal of Fame, which is moving from South Bend to Atlanta.

Alabama’s Anderson repeats as Bronko Nagurski award winner

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Alabama outside linebacker Will Anderson Jr. has become the second two-time winner of the Bronko Nagurski Award given to the nation’s top collegiate defensive player.

Anderson was presented the award on Monday night by the Charlotte Touchdown Club.

The 6-foot-4, 243-pound Anderson had 10 sacks for the No. 5-ranked Crimson Tide this season. He also won the award last year after recording 17 1/2 sacks.

Anderson, a junior, had two sacks in Alabama’s regular-season win finale against rival Auburn and had his first touchdown when he returned an interception 25 yards against Louisiana-Monroe.

Anderson joins former Northwestern linebacker Pat Fitzgerald as the only two-time winner of the award. Fitzgerald won the award in 1995 and 1996 and later went on to become the head coach at Northwestern.

It’s unclear if Anderson will enter the NFL draft or return to Alabama next season.

FSU standout QB Jordan Travis returning for senior season

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis, the fourth player in school history to account for 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in a single season, is staying in school for his senior year.

Travis made the announcement Monday, the same day hundreds of players across the nation entered the NCAA transfer portal or declared for the NFL draft. Travis chose a different path and could be an early favorite in next year’s Heisman Trophy race.

“So many memories have been made on this field and we’re not done yet,” Travis said in a highlight video posted on social media. “See y’all in 2023.”

A fourth-year junior, Travis has 22 touchdown passes to go along with seven rushing scores, one receiving and just four interceptions. He has led the 13th-ranked Seminoles (9-3) to five consecutive wins as they prepare to play Oklahoma (6-6) in the Cheez-It Bowl on Dec. 29 in Orlando.

Travis joined FSU’s three Heisman Trophy winners – Charlie Ward in 1993, Chris Weinke in 2000 and Jameis Winston in 2013 – to account for 3,000 yards and 30 TDs in a season. He is one of six QBs in Power Five conferences with at least 20 TD passes and four or fewer interceptions.