Thomas, Tinch make Black College Football Player of the Year watch list

The Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCFHOF) announced today the 2021 Watch List for the Black College Football Player of the Year Award. The Award is presented annually to the most outstanding football player from a Historically Black College & University. Two Golden Bears, defensive lineman Jaylun Thomas and tight end Montavious Tinch, were among those named to the preseason ledger.

Both Thomas and Tinch were preseason All-SIAC First Team selections this season. They join David Whipple, Jamarcus Nance and Christopher Ruffin (2016), Justin Hardy (2018), Austin Stephens and Leonard Tyree (both 2019) as Golden Bears who have been placed on the Black College Football Player of the Year Award Watch List.

Four finalists will be unveiled on November 30, 2021. The winner of the Black College Football Player of the Year Award, which will be announced during halftime of the Inaugural HBCU Legacy Bowl, will be honored with the Deacon Jones Trophy. The HBCU Legacy Bowl takes place on Saturday, February 19, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The game will be broadcast live on NFL Network.

“There are many gifted football players competing at Historically Black Colleges and Universities right now,” said Super Bowl XXII MVP and BCFHOF co-founder Doug Williams. “This Award is a way for the Black College Football Hall of Fame to recognize these talented student-athletes.”

Thomas, from Sylacauga, Ala., was a First Team All-SIAC pick in 2019. He had 44 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, five quarterback hurries, 5.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He was among the top-10 in the SIAC in tackles for loss and sacks. He also earned a SIAC Defensive Player of the Week award for his performance against Kentucky State, where he had 14 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.

Tinch, from Elberton, Ga.,   and was a Second Team All-SIAC pick in 2019, when he started all 12 games for Miles. He finished with 14 catches for 128 yards and a touchdown while also serving as a solid blocker for the Golden Bears’ rushing attack that is averaged nearly 190 yards per game.

The Golden Bears open their season Sept. 4 at Alabama State in the Labor Day Classic.

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