Providence Gridiron Club plans to honor Jones, Mbye

Providence Gridiron Club plans to honor Jones, Mbye

Former Pawtucket high school stars receive state's collegiate awards at organization's banquet on April 8

PROVIDENCE – Two collegiate football players with ties to Pawtucket were recently named the winners of the Providence Gridiron Club’s “Pride of Rhode Island” and “Home State Hero” Awards.

The “Pride of Rhode Island” Award, which is annually presented to a graduate of an RIIL high school football program who plays for an out-of-state collegiate football program and “does himself and his family, school, community, and state proud,” is going to Trevante Jones, a former St. Raphael Academy standout and 2017 graduate of SRA.

Jones is a junior outside linebacker at Central Connecticut State University who was a team captain for the Blue Devils and a force on their 2019 FCS playoff team.

The Providence native, who was a two-time All-State selection for the Saints, as well as the RIIL’s Athlete of the Year in his senior year, played in 13 games for the Blue Devils, registering 58 tackles, eight sacks, 12½ tackles for a loss, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles.

His play earned him a spot among the All-Northeast Conference’s First-Team selections, as well as the Northeast Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week honors twice. In 34 career games, Jones has 126 tackles, 14 sacks, and 29 tackles for a loss.

As for the inaugural “Home State Hero” Award, which is presented to a graduate of an RIIL high school football program who plays for an in-state collegiate program and “does himself and his family, school, community, and state proud,” it is going to former Shea High standout and University of Rhode Island senior Momadou Mbye.

Mbye, who is a redshirt senior for the Rams, has played in every game since his redshirt freshman year, starting most of them. Last year, Mbye was named a team captain, and he responded with 67 tackles, five interceptions, two tackles for a loss, and a forced fumble. At the end of the year, he was rewarded with a spot in the Dream Bowl, an all-star game which puts graduating seniors on display for pro scouts.

Mbye, who has been named to the Dean’s List at URI on multiple occasions, graduated from Shea in 2015 after an outstanding career with the Raiders. He will graduate with 192 tackles and nine interceptions.

The Gridiron Club’s annual awards banquet will take place on Wednesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. at the Quonset “O” Club in North Kingstown. The Lineman, Back, and Coach of the Year Awards in each RIIL division will also be presented, along with the state’s Lineman, Back, and Coach of the Year Awards.

Also presented will be the Gilbane Award to the R.I. Football Player of the Year, the prestigious Lawrence P. Gallogly Award, and the R.I. Football Officials Award.

Tickets for the event are $40 for a five-course prime rib dinner. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Robert Izzi at robert.izzi@aol.com or 378-4393.