Monday, August 1, 2016

Hampton Pirates Football Preview


HAMPTON, Virginia -- The Pirates were selected to finish fifth in the MEAC this season, its third under head coach Connell Maynor. Hampton (6-5, 5-3 MEAC in 2015) received one first-place vote and tallied 265 points in the preseason poll. Last season was Hampton's first winning year since 2011.

Wide receiver Twarn Mixson and punter Christian Faber-Kinney were each named Preseason First Team All-MEAC, as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) released its preseason teams and predicted order of finish on Friday. Both were unveiled during the annual Football Press Luncheon at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel.

Mixson was a First Team All-MEAC selection last season after catching59 passes for 1,027 yards and nine touchdowns – becoming just the second Pirate ever to record a 1,000-yard receiving season. He led the MEAC in receptions (5.9 per game) and receiving yards (93.4 per game). Mixson recorded five 100-yard receiving games last season – including a career-high 172 yards on nine catches at Savannah State. He was also a Second Team All-State honoree from the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID), and BoxToRow and SBN Sports both named him a Black College All-American.


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