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Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern quarterback Austin Howard celebrates in the end zone with teammate Justin Morgan after Howard ran for the touchdown against Texas Southern on Saturday at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Southern quarterback Austin Howard was named Rookie of the Year and two of his teammates were named All-Americans by BOXTOROW on Monday.

Howard, a freshman from West St. John High School, helped lead the Jaguars to the Southwestern Athletic Conference West Division title. He passed for 2,334 yards, completing 52 percent of his passes with 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Southern senior offensive line Dewayne Houston and wide receiver Willie Quinn were named to the All-America team.

Houston helped anchor a line that tied for the fewest sacks allowed in the SWAC regular season (seven) and led the way for Lenard Tillery to become the Jaguars’ first 1,000-yard rusher in 11 seasons.

Quinn caught 62 passes for 892 yards, 14.4 yards per reception and five touchdowns.

Alcorn State, which defeated Southern 38-24 in the SWAC championship game, led the way with five selections and Braves coach Jay Hopson was named BOXTOROW Coach of the Year.

BOXTOROW voted Alcorn No. 1 in its final poll and the Braves also were named Black College National champions by the Sheridan poll after winning their first conference title in 20 years.

Alcorn quarterback John Gibbs Jr. was named Offensive Player of the Year and South Carolina State defensive tackle Javon Hargrave was the Willie Davis Defensive Player of the Year.

The other Braves named All-Americans were offensive lineman Isaac Sampson, tight end Jordan Payne, defensive lineman Deion Roberson and defensive back Devin Francois, who played at Edna Karr High School.

Other SWAC players named All-Americans were Alabama State running back Malcolm Cyrus and linebacker Kourtney Berry, Mississippi Valley State wide receiver Julian Stafford, Texas Southern place-kicker Cory Carter and Prairie View punter Chris Barrick.

Prairie View’s Johnta’ Hebert, who played at Glen Oaks High School, was named honorable mention All-America as a return specialist.

BOXTOROW has selected an All-America team since 2007. The voters are comprised of media members from around the nation that cover HBCU football. From The Press Box To Press Row (BOXTOROW) is the national sports talk radio show, placing major emphasis on HBCU sports, which airs on radio stations across the country as well as on SiriusXM.

Hebert named All-American

Hebert was also named to the American Football Coaches Association Football Championship Subdivision Coaches’ All-America Team.

The 5-10, 195-pound junior was selected as an all-purpose player after playing both running back and return specialist for Prairie View.

Hebert was the SWAC’s first AFCA All-American since 2012 and the first for the Panthers since punter Pedro Ventura in 2009. He was the nation’s statistical leader in all-purpose yards and led the SWAC in scoring average, kick return average and all-purpose yards. He also ranked in the top 10 nationally in combined kick returns (sixth), kickoff return touchdowns (fourth), and kickoff returns (sixth).