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Aqeel Glass has won the highest single award for black college football.
The Alabama A&M University quarterback is the recipient of the Deacon Jones Award in Spring 2021, which goes to the best HBCU performer in the country.
The award was presented to Glass on June 19 in Atlanta during the Black College Football Hall of Fame ceremonies.
Originally from St. Louis, Glass led Alabama A&M to a 5-0 record and its first SWAC title in 15 years. In the championship game against the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Glass passed for 271 yards and three touchdowns.
At the start of the season, he threw 440 yards and six touchdowns in defeating Jackson State University.
Glass was rated a senior last season but is being admitted to college eligibility for an additional year due to changes in the NCAA’s pandemic rules.
Past Deacon Jones Award winners include Tarik Cohen of North Carolina A&T in 2016, Amir Hall of Bowie State in 2017 and 2018, and Chris Rowland of Tennessee State in 2019.
Deacon Jones played at the universities of South Carolina State and Mississippi Valley State before embarking on a 14-year Hall of Fame career in the NFL from 1961 to 1974.