VUU football player named finalist for Harlon Hill Award

Published: Dec. 1, 2022 at 1:13 PM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The football program at Virginia Union University is celebrating a first - one of its football players has been named a finalist for the Harlon Hill Award.

VUU’s running back Jada Byers is one of nine finalists for the award.

Byers led the nation by rushing for a CIAA-record 1,928 yards and gathering a nation-best 2,256 all-purpose yards this past season.

“Proud is an understatement at this point, Jada deserves every accolade he has received,” said VUU Head Football Coach Dr. Alvin Parker. “The end-of-the-year awards signify the accomplishments we have made as a program. Jada is a big part of our program, and he models what it is to be a student-athlete at VUU. This is not only huge for Virginia Union but for the whole HBCU community.”

The winner of the 2022 award will be announced on Dec. 16.

The Hill trophy is named for Harlon Hill - the former University of North Alabama standout who played for the Chicago Bears.