Saturday, July 15, 2017

Picks to click: Four SWAC players sure to stand out this season

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- DeVante Kincade, QB, Grambling

The reigning SWAC Offensive Player of the Year guides a Grambling squad that is the heavy favorite to repeat as league champion. Kincade, who transferred from Ole Miss a year ago, is a capable runner but is at his best when attacking through the air. He posted an outstanding 31:4 touchdown-to-interception ratio last season to go with a league-best 3,022 passing yards. Kincade looked phenomenal in Grambling’s spring game, completing 38 of 47 passes for 502 yards and three scores.

Lenorris Footman, QB, Alcorn State

Footman was slowed by injury last season, but he could be primed for a big campaign in Year 2 under coach Fred McNair. When healthy, there are few players in the league who can match Footman’s ability to take over a game, particularly when he gets room to run. He gashed Southern in a losing effort for 147 yards and three touchdowns on the ground (in addition to 304 yards and two scores through the air). Three weeks later, he ran for 122 yards and three more scores against Alabama A&M.


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