Top Local College Football Athletes to be Honored at Inaugural Celebration of College Football Awards Dinner on January 31

Top Local College Football Athletes to be Honored at Inaugural Celebration of College Football Awards Dinner on January 31
Nominees Announced for Defensive and Offensive Player of the Year

For the first time, the Hampton Roads Sports Commission (HRSC) will host a Celebration of College Football Awards Dinner. The dinner will be held annually to recognize and celebrate the football programs of the Apprentice School, Christopher Newport University, College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Norfolk State University, and Old Dominion University.  

The awards dinner will take place on January 31, 2012 at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside (777 Waterside Drive, Norfolk) from 6:00pm – 8:30pm.  Awards Dinner tickets are $50 per person.  For individual reservations, go to or call 757-664-2573. 

The Hampton Roads Sports Commission Player of the Year Awards will be presented to the top offensive and defensive players within the region. Each football program will provide a selection committee with its nominated student athlete for each category.  The selection committee, consisting of local sports experts familiar with the school football programs, will then select the student athletes who will receive the Hampton Roads Sports Commission Player of the Year Awards.  The top offensive and defensive players will be announced at the January 31 awards dinner.

Defensive Nominees:

Blake Penix

 Blake Penix, Jesup, GA, Apprentice School, Punter & Place Kicker

Michael King

 Michael King, Centerville, VA, Christopher Newport University, Linebacker  

B.W. Webb 

B.W. Webb, Newport News, VA, College of William & Mary, Cornerback

Delbert Tyler

Delbert Tyler, Monroeville, PA, Hampton University, Linebacker

Corwin Hammond 

Corwin Hammond, Louisville, KY, Norfolk State University, Linebacker 

Ronnie Cameron

Ronnie Cameron, Westbury, NY, Old Dominion University, Defensive Tackle


Offensive Nominees:

Larry Peterson

Larry Peterson, Virginia Beach, VA, Apprentice School, Offensive Line

J.T. Crews 

J.T. Crews, Lynchburg, VA, Christopher Newport University, Offensive Line

Jonathan Grimes

Jonathan Grimes, Palymra, NJ, College of William & Mary, Running Back

David Legree

David Legree, Brooklyn, NY, Hampton University, Quarterback

Chris Walley

Chris Walley, Tallahassee, FL, Norfolk State University, Quarterback

Taylor Heinicke

Taylor Heinicke, Atlanta, GA, Old Dominion University, Quarterback


Bobby Ross will provide the keynote addressDuring the dinner, Bobby Ross will serve as keynote speaker.  Ross, a native of Virginia, is a former American football player and coach.  He served as the head football coach at The Citadel (1973–1977), the University of Maryland, College Park (1982–1986), the Georgia Institute of Technology (1987–1991), and the United States Military Academy (2004–2006), compiling a career college football record of 103–101–2.  Ross was also the head coach of the National Football League's San Diego Chargers from 1992 to 1996 and the Detroit Lions from 1997 to 2000, tallying a career NFL mark of 77–68. He guided his 1990 Georgia Tech squad to a share of the national championship and coached the 1994 San Diego Chargers to an appearance in Super Bowl XXIX.  In 1997, Ross was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. Awards include: Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award (1990); Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (1990); Sporting News College Football COY (1990); Walter Camp Coach of the Year (1990); Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (1990); and AFCA Coach of the Year (1991).

Thanks to event sponsors:  Williams Mullen (Player of the Year Sponsor), Old Dominion University and Huntington Ingalls Industries (Gold Sponsors).  For sponsorship information, please contact Morgan Lang, Associate Executive Director, at or (757) 664-2573.

In February 1999, the Hampton Roads Sports Commission (HRSC) was formed as a private/public partnership among the municipalities of Hampton Roads and the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. The Sports Commission's primary function is to attract major amateur athletic events to the area to emphasize regional collaboration. The HRSC promotes Hampton Roads while enhancing the economy and quality of life of its residents by creating and recruiting local and national amateur, military and youth sporting events, while providing unparalleled customer service.  Past HRSC events include: the AAU Junior Olympic Games (1998, 2001, 2006, 2010), the National Senior Games (2003), and the Red Cross Heroes Games (2004, 2005).  Since 1999, the HRSC has generated more than $168 million in economic impact for the region.  The Hampton Roads Sports Commission is an affiliate of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. 

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