In Week 6 of the 2023 college football season, multiple players showcased unparalleled talent emerging from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). From breathtaking touchdown sprints to rock-solid defensive plays, these HBCU prodigies demonstrated that they’re not just here to play but to dominate.
Top HBCU Players For Week 6
These exceptional athletes did not doubt their commitment to excellence, captivating fans with skill, grit, and determination that defines the proud tradition of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in football.
Offense: Eden James, RB, Howard
Against Northwestern, Eden James emerged as a beacon of talent for Howard University.
With an impressive 21 rushing attempts, James galvanized the field, amassing a staggering 177 yards and averaging an impressive 8.4 yards per carry. He proved his mettle with a remarkable rushing touchdown and showcased versatility in the passing game, catching three receptions for 36 yards.
Although James led the charge as Howard’s premier rusher, the Bison narrowly succumbed to Northwestern with a close scoreline of 23-20.
Defense: Lewis Matthews, LB, Grambling State
In a thrilling matchup against Alcorn State University, Lewis Matthews showcased a defensive masterclass that resonated throughout the stadium.
With 14 tackles, 11 of which were solo, Matthews was a force to be reckoned with on the field. His exceptional agility and foresight also allowed him to notch 2.5 tackles for loss (TFLs) and a commendable 1.5 sacks, cementing his reputation as a defensive powerhouse.
Despite Matthews’s standout performance leading Grambling State’s defense, the team narrowly missed out on a victory, suffering a heart-wrenching 25-24 loss to Alcorn State.