Two South Carolina State standouts, who led the Bulldogs to a 35-7 win over Arkansas – Pine Bluff in the 2015 MEAC/SWAC Challenge, were selected in the 2016 National Football League Draft.
All-American defensive lineman and 2015 MEAC/SWAC Challenge Most Valuable Player Javon Hargrave was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round, #89 overall. The 6-1, 309 pound Salisbury, NC native was the first player selected from an (HBCU) Historically Black College in this year’s draft, and was pegged by many pre-NFL draft websites as one of the top defensive lineman in the country in FCS/ I-AA. In the 2015 Challenge, Hargrave posted 7 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. For more, see South Carolina State’s official release.
All-American tight end Temarrick Hemingway was selected by the Los Angeles Rams, formerly of St. Louis, in the sixth round, #177 overall. The 6-foot-5, 244-pound Loris, S.C. native was the third player drafted from an HBCU (Historically Black College or University) in the 2016 draft. Hemingway was named to the All-MEAC team twice during his career and earned SBN All-American honors in 2015. In the 2015 Challenge, he logged 2 catches for 33 yards. For more, see South Carolina State’s official release.
Hargrave and Hemingway join seven previous alumni of the event who were selected in the NFL Draft:
Tarvaris Jackson (Alabama State)
Justin Durant (Hampton)
Michael Coe (Alabama State)
Kendall Langford (Hampton)
Phillip Adams (South Carolina State)
Johnny Culbreath (South Carolina State)
Curtis Holcomb (Florida A&M)