HBCU NFL ProFile – Last Regular Season Games
HBCU NFL players from the following teams will take the field in the playoffs starting next week – Brandon Parker (Las Vegas), Chester Rogers (Tennessee), Javon Hargrave and Mac McCain (Philadelphia), Antonio Hamilton and Josh Miles (Arizona) and Nick Leverett (Tampa Bay).
That’s after the NFL regular season ended this week.
HBCU NFL POW Offense
In the final week of the regular season, Parker, the NC A&T product, helped the Raiders to a 35-32 overtime win over the LA Chargers to secure their playoff ticket. It was said ahead of the game that Parker would have to play the “game of his life” to contain Chargers fully professional outside linebacker Joey Bosa.
Obviously Parker did. He fought the talented edge rusher the entire game. He limited Bosa to just two tackles, a sack and a forced fumble that Parker recovered.
Parker is the attacking player for the past week.
The Raiders (10-7), the AFC’s fifth seed, will open the road playoffs against the Cincinnati Bengals (10-7). The match is set for Saturday at 4:35 p.m.
HBCU NFL Defensive Prisoner of War
Conversely, despite the best efforts of professional linebacker Darius Leonard, the Indianapolis Colts fell to Jacksonville 2-14 26-11 to fall from the playoffs.
Leonard, the SC State product, had only one solo tackle but added six assists. He had a lot to say after the excruciating loss.
“We didn’t do enough, that’s always what it comes down to,” Leonard said after Sunday’s loss. “Defensively I just didn’t do enough, I’m just disappointed with it. We couldn’t find a way to get the ball out, we couldn’t find a way out of the field.
Mac McCain tour heads to playoffs
Mac McCain, the NC A&T rookie defensive back, had his most important action of the season in Philadelphia’s 51-26 loss to Dallas on Saturday.
He made two tackles on 11 defensive snaps for the Eagles. He also appeared in 20 matches on special teams. His MEAC teammate and colleague Javon Hargrave (SC State) was held out of the game.
McCain was first signed as a free agent by Denver. He was waived twice by the Broncos and taken over twice by Philadelphia. He was eventually fired by the Eagles and then signed to their practice squad on December 13.
The Eagles (9-8) are the seventh seed in the NFC and will play in Tampa Bay (13-4) at 1 p.m. Sunday.
HBCU Special Teams POW
Grambling’s Chester Rogers won his fourth straight Special Teams Player of the Week title. He caught two passes and returned four punts for 23 yards. The Titans won 28-25 over Houston.
Tennessee (12-5) is the AFC’s seed and has a first-round playoff pass.
Keep an eye on
Antonio Hamilton (SC State) and Josh Miles (Morgan State) will be in action for Arizona on Monday. The Cardinals (11-6) are the fifth seed in the NFC and will play against the Los Angeles Rams (12-5) on Monday. Their match will be at 8:15 p.m.
HBCU NFL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
For the matches from January 6 to 10, 2022
– # 75 BRANDON PARKER, OT, Las Vegas (4th season, NORTH CAROLINA A&T) – In the Raiders’ 35-32 overtime victory over the LA Chargers that clinched a playoff berth, Parker started out on the offensive right tackle and faced off against all-pro LA defensive end Joey Bosa. He limited Bosa to just two solo tackles, one per sack (-10 yards) and a forced fumble. Las Vegas rushed for 174 yards and one touchdown and had 190 yards and two touchdowns. The line allowed three sacks (-18 yards). Parker played all 80 offensive games (100%) and seven special team snaps (21%).
– # 53 DARIUS LEONARD, LB, Indianapolis (4th season, SOUTH CAROLINA STATE) – In the 26-11 loss to Jacksonville that eliminated the Colts from the playoffs, Leonard totaled seven tackles, one solo and six assists. He participated in all 62 defensive snaps (100%) and seven special team snaps (32%).
– # 80 CHESTER ROGER, WR / KR, Tennessee (5th season, GRAMBLING STATE) – In a 28-25 win over Houston, Rogers hit two receptions on two targets for 4 yards, 23 yards (5.7 yards on average) on four punt returns with a long 10-yard return. He fumbled and recovered. He recorded ten games on offense (15%) and five games on special teams (19%).
OTHER HIGH PERFORMANCE
– # 18 KHADAREL HODGE, WR, Detroit (5th season, A&M PRAIRIE VIEW – In the Lions’ 37-30 win over Green Bay, Hodge played eight snaps on offense (14%) and nine on special teams (32%) with no stats.
– # 71 TYTUS HOWARD, OG, Houston (3rd season, STATE OF ALABAMA) – In a 28-25 loss to Tennessee, Howard started off the offensive left tackle as the Texans racked up 64 rushing yards and 301 passing yards and three touchdowns while allowing two sacks. He played 54 snaps (94%) on offense and three games (11%) of special team snaps.
– # 60 TRENT SCOTT, OL, Caroline (3rd season, GRAMBLING STATE) – Began right guard in the Panthers’ 41-17 loss to Tampa Bay. The Carolina offense rushed for 110 yards and had 219 yards and two touchdowns. He played on 43 offensive games (60%) three on special teams (11%).
– # 72 TERRON ARMSTEAD, OT, New Orleans (10th season, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF) – In New Orleans’ 30-20 win over Atlanta, Armstead was not active.
# 37 MAC McCAIN, DB, Denver (1st season, NORTH CAROLINA A&T) – In the 51-26 loss to Dallas, McCain registered two defensive tackles, one solo. He played 11 games in defense (18%) and 20 games on special teams (65%).
– # 90 GROVER STEWART, DT, Indianapolis (5th grade, ALBANY STATE) – In the 26-11 loss to Jacksonville, Stewart had three tackles, two solos and one pass defended. He participated in 40 defensive games (59%) and six special team games (27%).
– # 36 DANNY JOHNSON, DB / KR, Washington (3rd season, FROM SOUTH) – In a 22-7 win over the New York Giants, Johnson had no stats in 25 games on defense (42%) and seven on special teams (29%).
– # 33 – ANTONIO HAMILTON, DB, Arizona (6th season, SOUTH CAROLINA STATE) – In the 35-30 loss to Seattle, Hamilton had five solo tackles and one defensive pass in 51 games (88%). He was also on nine special teams (28%) with no stats.
– # 95 HARGRAVE JAVON, DT, Philadelphia (5th season, SOUTH CAROLINA STATE) – In the 51-26 loss to Dallas, Hargrave was not active.
– # 41 ANTHONY LEVINE SR., DB, Baltimore (10th season, STATE OF TENNESSE) – In the 16-13 overtime loss to Pittsburgh, Levine landed an assisted tackle on special teams. He played 29 snaps on special teams (91%)
– # 27 BOBBY PRICE, DB, Detroit (2nd season, NORFOLK STATE) – In the 37-30 win over Green Bay, Price played a snap on defense (1%) and 15 on special teams (54%).