Offensive Player of the Year
KJ Black- Prairie View A&M University
When junior quarterback K. J. Black transferred into the Prairie View A&M football program during the winter of 2009, only a select few could imagine his arrival would trigger a storybook ending. A native of Louisville, Ky., Black played two seasons at Western Kentucky of the Sun Belt Conference before transferring to Prairie View A&M prior to spring practice in the winter of 2009. Locked in a quarterback battle during both spring and summer practices, Black began the season second on the depth chart. Black didn’t play in the team’s opener against Texas Southern on Sept. 5 and didn’t play in the first half against New Mexico State on Sept. 12. After falling down 14-3 to the Aggies, Black was inserted in the second half and sparked the Panther offense as he pulled the team to within three points of an upset over FBS foe New Mexico State. Three weeks later, Black was named the starter against Grambling State in the annual State Fair Classic in Dallas, Texas and cemented his position in the record books as he helped guide Prairie View to its first win over Grambling State since 1986. From that point, he never looked back as the Panthers won their next six games and finished SWAC play undefeated en route to clinching their first-ever berth in the SWAC Championship Game. In the championship game, Black was named Offensive MVP as he threw three touchdowns to lead the Panthers to their first SWAC Championship since 1964.