NORFOLK, Va. (NSUSpartans.com) – Norfolk State seniors Kenneth Kirby and Chris Myers were named Tuesday to the 2021 BoxToRow HBCU Preseason Spring All-America Team, the organization announced.
Kirby, a redshirt senior, started all 12 games at left tackle for the Spartans in 2019, earning first-team All-MEAC recognition. Kirby and his line mates helped NSU finish with the school’s highest scoring offense in the program’s Division I era, at 28.9 points per game. The Spartans also rushed for 144.7 yards per game – the most by a Spartan team since 2011.
Myers, another redshirt senior, tied for the MEAC lead with 9.0 sacks in 2019 – the most by an NSU defender since Deon King's 9.5 in 2013. Myers also recorded 36 total tackles, a team-high 10.0 for loss, one fumble recovery, one pass breakup and five quarterback pressures en route to All-MEAC third-team honors. NSU was one of six HBCUs with more than one selection on the team.
QB: Felix Harper, Alcorn State, r-Sr., Fairburn, Ga.
RB: Jah'Maine Martin, North Carolina A&T, r-Sr., Conway, S.C.
RB: Devon Benn, Southern, r-Sr., New Orleans, La.
OL: Michael Ajumobi, Alcorn State, r-Sr., Dallas, Texas
OL: Dacquari Wilson, North Carolina A&T, Jr., Greensboro, N.C.
OL: Kenneth Kirby, Norfolk State, r-Sr., Newport News, Va.
OL: Mark Evans, II, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Jr., Houston, Texas
OL: Danny Garza, Prairie View A&M, Sr., San Antonio, Texas
TE: Kendric Johnson, Alabama A&M, r-Jr., New Market, Ala.
WR: Abdul-Fatai Ibrahim, Alabama A&M, Soph., Miramar, Fla.
WR: Harry Ballard, III, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Sr., St. Louis, Mo.
DL: Jermaine McDaniel, North Carolina A&T, r-Jr., Dillon, S.C.
DL: Jerry Garner, Mississippi Valley St., Sr., Chunchula, Ala.
DL: Marcus Cushine, Alabama A&M, Jr., Broward Ct., Fla.
DL: Chris Myers, Norfolk State, r-Sr., LaVergne, Tenn.
LB: Keonte Hampton, Jackson State, Soph., West Point, Miss.
LB: Armoni Holloway, Alabama A&M, Sr. Pinson, Ala.
LB: Kyin Howard, North Carolina A&T, r-Jr., Gastonia, N.C.*
LB: Jacob Roberts, North Carolina A&T, Soph., Charlotte, N.C.*
DB: Qwynnterrio Cole, Alcorn State, Jr., Memphis, Tenn.$
DB: Decobie Durant, South Carolina State, r-Sr., Lamar, S.C.
DB: Nick Harper, Jr., Tennessee State, r-Sr., Brentwood, Tenn.
DB: Jaylen Harris, Prairie View A&M, r-Sr., Round Rock, Texas
P: Caleb, Darbone, Prairie View A&M, Jr., Lake Charles, La.
PK: Jose Romo-Martinez, Delaware State, Jr., Banning, Calif.
RS: Tyrin Ralph, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, r, Sr., New Orleans, La.