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Last Updated: Jan 10th, 2018 - 08:48:17

Former Eagle Brantley, now playing for Alcorn, placed on HBCU All-American First Team
Jan 10, 2018, 08:47

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A former Crossett Eagle football player has been named to the 2017 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) All-American First-Team released by BOXTOROW, a nationally syndicated sports talk show.

BOXTOROW released its 10th annual All-American Team last week, and of the 29 players selected, former Crossett Eagle Kenyon Brantley was on the list.

“It’s a big deal and totally unexpected,” Brantley said.

Brantley, a 2012 graduate of Crossett High School, just wrapped up his final season of football with Alcorn State University. Last fall, Brantley played as an offensive lineman for the Bravehawks. During Brantley’s time with Alcorn State, they won four Southwestern Atlantic conference championships and two national championships.

This is only the second time in Alcorn school’s history that an Alcorn offensive lineman has been named to the HBCU All-American Team.

The Braves finished the 2017 season as SWAC conference champions for the fourth consecutive year in a row, and were ranked third in the country by the HBCU Coaches Poll.

Brantley is now being honored nationally and by his conference for his 2017 performance.

In addition to being named All American by BOXTOROW, Brantley was also named offensive lineman on Southwestern Conference First Team in November.

Brantley was named to both teams along with his Alcorn teammate and fellow offensive lineman, Timothy Gardner.

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