Apprentice School senior linebacker Brock Bullock was named this morning as a finalist for the Willie Lanier Award presented to the Player of the Year at a non-NCAA Division I school , as announced by the Richmond Times Dispatch.
Bullock is the first Apprentice School player to be a finalist for this prestigious award. Lanier, from Richmond, played at Maggie Walker High School and Morgan State University. He was a standout middle linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
As a senior, Bullock rewrote the record books for the Builders this year as he topped the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association with 142 tackles. He had eight games this year of at least 11 tackles and in six of those games he had at least 14.
Bullock, a senior electrician apprentice from Stafford, VA, was named first team All-USCAA and earned USCAA Player of the Week honors after his school record 24 tackle performance against Southern Virginia University on October 19.
The other finalists for the award are running back Will McGhee of Randolph-Macon (272 carries, 1,676 yards) and wide receiver Holton Walker of Hampden-Sydney (111 receptions for 1,723 yards and 16 TD).
The Willie Lanier Award along with the Bill Dudley Award, to the top NCAA Division I player in the state, will be presented at a banquet by the Touchdown Club of Richmond and presented by the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Wednesday night at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump.