By ADD SEYMOUR JR.
There are a number of big stories all over HBCU football this year. Here are five that jump out:
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Bowie State Quarteback ???? - For a season in which the Bulldogs bulldozed their way through the 2015 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association season undefeated in regular season play (though they lost the CIAA title game and technically their first four wins wiped off the books) and advanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs, it was a season of controversy. Midway through the campaign, Bowie State star quarterback Matthew Goggans was ruled ineligible. Nyema Washington, a freshman last season, emerged ahead of senior Trevon Bennett. But he isn't even listed as a key returnee in the Bowie State 2016 football prospectus. In fact, the prospectus doesn't even mention any quarterback for a team hoping to head back to the CIAA title game.
Tuskegee Defense Vs. the Miles Offense - The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference season will have some twists and turns as Albany State returns probably the most talented team and Morehouse could be a spoiler. But the SIAC title game looks like it can again be a Battle of Alabama as 2015 champion Miles returns star quarterback David Whipple, a solid cruiser in Jamarcus Nance while the Tuskegee defense is back in full force, led by preseason SIAC Defensive Player of the Year in defensive end Julian Morgan and last season's fourth leading SIAC tackler in linebacker Osband Thompson.