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FAMU Senior LeRoy Vann takes a minute to reflect

Florida A&M University senior LeRoy Vann is a Two Time All-American.

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Vann, a record-setting return man who garnered national attention this season through ESPN’s SportsCenter and on the pages of Sports Illustrated, again made first team on the Walter Camp Football Championship Subdivision All-America team, which was announced Wednesday.

“I almost can’t believe some of the things that have happened to me playing college football,” said Vann, a 5-foot-9, 185-pounder who plays cornerback.

Vann returned 28 punts for 462 yards (16.5-yard average) and three touchdowns. He also returned 38 kickoffs for 1,121 yards (29.5-yard average) and three touchdowns. Overall, Vann had 11 career touchdown returns (eight punt-return TDs to set an FSC record, plus three more scores on kickoff returns).

It’s hard to believe that Vann actually arrived at FAMU as a preferred walk-on player. “They thought I was too small,” Vann said. “I wasn’t the average size they were looking for. But I think it’s more than size. You’ve got to have no fear. You’ve got to play with heart.”

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FAMU’s Parker looking to impress pro scouts

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As much as professional scouts were keeping a close eye on FAMU linebacker Bryan Parker, they might not have gotten a chance to see him at his best. He had to sit out two big games that he hoped would allow him to make a favorable impression.

Minor injuries to his knee and shoulder kept him from playing against the University of Miami and in the Florida Classic against Bethune-Cookman University. He was hoping to make them his showcase appearances.

He was selected as one of nine FAMU players for the East team that will compete in the Russell Athletics HBCU Senior Bowl. The East team consists of players from the MEAC and Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. They will play against a West team of players from the SWAC and Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Scouts from at least five NFL teams, including the Patriots and Jaguars, have shown interest in Parker all season. He seemingly is eager to give them an exclusive look.