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Norfolk State football duo earns preseason All-America honors

Kennth Kirby, Chris Myers Norfolk State
Posted at 2:45 PM, Feb 02, 2021

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.

OFFENSE

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.

DEFENSE

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

SPECIALISTS

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.

*Tie