June 24, 2024

The Atlanta Falcons have enlisted the services of K.J. Black, a former HBCU football star and coach. As reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Black will be joining the Falcons football staff led by Raheem Morris. His most recent experience includes a two-season tenure as an assistant with the Los Angeles Rams, where he collaborated on quarterback coaching duties with Zac Robinson. Black’s introduction to the Rams followed his participation in the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship in 2022.

Prior to his time with the Rams, Black contributed significantly at Florida A&M for two seasons under coach Willie Simmons in 2019 and 2021. During this period, FAMU achieved success with 18 victories. In Black’s first season, the FAMU passing game saw notable improvements, with passing yards per game rising from 232.9 in 2018 to 291.1 in 2019 under quarterback Ryan Stanley. Furthermore, the passing efficiency surged from 128.6 to 148.5, and passing touchdowns increased from 17 to 30 in just one season with the program.

K.J. Black embarked on his coaching journey with Prairie View A&M following the conclusion of his playing career there. After initially starting his career at Western Kentucky, Black transferred to PVAMU and played a pivotal role in leading the team to victory in the 2009 SWAC Championship against Alabama A&M, earning the MVP title with a 30-24 win. His impressive contributions included passing for 4,187 yards and 35 touchdowns during his two-year tenure with the program before transitioning to professional play.

Black continued his involvement with Prairie View A&M as a graduate assistant from 2011 to 2014. Subsequently, when Willie Simmons assumed the role of head coach, Black joined the coaching staff as the passing coordinator and quarterbacks coach. His wealth of experience and expertise will now be channeled towards enhancing the passing game of the Atlanta Falcons under the leadership of Raheem Morris.

Atlanta Falcons add former HBCU star/coach K.J. Black - HBCU Gameday

 

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