You’d like to believe we’ve entered an enlightened era when college football players are judged strictly by their ability and not by their skin color. Sadly, College of the Sequoias coach Curtis Allen says that’s not the case.
Allen, a former Fresno State cornerback who also played in the Canadian Football League, has been around college football for 30 years. Since taking over the COS program in 2005, he’s sent 130 players to four-year schools. He knows what recruiters are looking for when evaluating a player, and he believes race plays a role.
The numbers back up Allen’s assertion.
Out of 120 Division I football programs, 110 of them have a leading rusher who is black.
There is only one white starting running back in the NFL — Peyton Hillis of the Cleveland Browns. Out of the top 40 NFL leading rushers, Hillis is the only white player on the list, and he ranks No. 17.
“For a long time, they didn’t want any black quarterbacks either,” Allen said. “I don’t understand why those perceptions are there. A player is a player. If he can play for me, I don’t care what color he is.”