Monday, November 28, 2016

MEAC Announces 2016 Post Season Football Honors

NORFOLK, Virginia -- Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Champion North Carolina Central University and runner-up North Carolina A&T State University dominated the 2016 All-MEAC Football Team with 30 student-athletes between both teams. The team is voted on by the MEAC’s head football coaches and sports information directors.

North Carolina A&T State’s Brandon Parker was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Offensive Lineman of the Year, for the second consecutive year, while teammate Elijah Bell earned Rookie of the Year honors. North Carolina Central’s Jerry Mack was selected as Coach of the Year.

Parker started all 12 games for the Aggies, at left tackle, this season. He paved the way for the MEAC’s top scoring offense (35.2 points/game), 12th nationally. North Carolina A&T State led the MEAC in rushing offense averaging 203.8 yards per game, with 27 rushing touchdowns. Parker led an offensive line that allowed the fewest sacks in the conference (13th nationally), while amassing 2,385 passing yards and 26 receiving touchdowns. The Aggies had seven games with 400-plus yards of total offense including three games of 500 yards or better. On the ground, the offensive line paved the way for six games with 200-plus rushing yards with a high of 313 yards.

As a freshman, Bell led the Aggies in total receiving yards (631) and ranked third in the MEAC in receiving yards per game (52.6). He earned MEAC Rookie of the Week honors after catching two touchdown passes in a win over South Carolina State. He had a pair of 100-yard receiving games this season and was the second freshman in school history to have a 100-yard receiving game when he had 101 yards in the game at Tulsa on Sept. 17. Bell finished the season with eight touchdowns, averaging 18 yards per reception.

Since arriving at North Carolina Central in 2014, all head coach Jerry Mack has done is win as the Eagles won the 2016 MEAC Football Championship outright after winning a share of the title in 2014 and 2015. A finalist for the Eddie Robinson FCS Coach of the Year Award, Mack led the Eagles to a national ranking for the first time in school history as an FCS member and has won 15 consecutive contests versus MEAC opponents. This past season, the Eagles finished third or higher in 16 of the MEAC’s 31 statistical categories while also fielding the top dual threat quarterback in the conference in Malcom Bell. The Eagles had the highest single game offensive output in the MEAC this past season along with the highest scoring output. Mack is the first NCCU head coach to win 24 contests in his first three seasons with one more contest scheduled as the Eagles will play in the 2nd annual Air Force Celebration Bowl on Dec. 17 in Atlanta, Ga.

In a partnership with the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame, the league’s Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year will be announced as part of the festivities surrounding the 59th NFF Annual Awards Dinner, Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

Listed below are the 2016 All-MEAC teams:

2016 MEAC Football All-Conference Teams
Offensive Lineman of the Year: Brandon Parker, North Carolina A&T State
Rookie of the Year: Elijah Bell, North Carolina A&T State
Coach of the Year: Jerry Mack, North Carolina Central

First-Team Offense
QB       Malcolm Bell       r-Sr.North Carolina Central      Richmond, Va.
RBTarik CohenSr.North Carolina A&T St.Bunn, N.C.
RBAnthony PhilyawJr.HowardLos Angeles, Calif.
WRRashawn Proctor       Sr.HamptonHampton, Va.
WRLaVontis SmithSr.North Carolina CentralMaben, Miss.
TELeroy Hillr-So.       North Carolina A&T St.Smithfield, N.C.
CCarl Jonesr-Sr.North Carolina CentralNashville, Tenn.
OLBrandon Parkerr-Jr.North Carolina A&T St.Kannapolis, N.C.
OLWes ColeSr.North Carolina A&T St.Norwood, N.C.
OLTarrance WellsSr.North Carolina CentralOxon Hill, Md.
OLToree Boyd                      Sr.Howard                                Miami, Fla.

First-Team Defense
DL       Marquis Ragland       r-Sr.       North Carolina A&T  Fayetteville, N.C.  
DLAngelo Keyesr-Sr.North Carolina A&T St.       Kinston, N.C.  
DLMarquis SmithSr.Savannah St.District Heights, Md.
DLFrederick Henry-Ajudua          Sr.North Carolina CentralDurham, N.C.
LBDarius Leonardr-Jr.South Carolina St.Lake View, S.C.
LBDayshawn Taylorr-Jr.South Carolina St.Lincolnton, Ga.
LBJeremy TaylorJr.North Carolina A&T St.   Kinston, N.C.
DBJacques BryantSo.Florida A&MTallahassee, Fla.
DBDiquan RichardsonJr.Bethune-CookmanAlvin, S.C.
DBPhillip Henryr-Sr.South Carolina St.Manning, S.C.
DBMike Jonesr-Jr.North Carolina CentralBaltimore, Md.
PJohn BarronSr.Savannah St.Marietta, Ga.
PKCameron MaroufSr.Norfolk St.Woodbridge, Va.
RSMike Jonesr-Jr.North Carolina CentralBaltimore, Md.

Second-Team Offense
QBLamar Raynardr-So.North Carolina A&T St.High Point, N.C.
RBRamone Simpsonr-So.North Carolina CentralWilmington, N.C.
RBYahkee JohnsonJr.HamptonRichmond, Va.
WRDenzel KeyesSr.North Carolina A&T St.Kinston, N.C.
WR      Elijah BellFr.North Carolina A&T St.Wheeling Park, W.Va.
TEJack WillenbrockGr.HamptonWest Chester, Pa.
CDarriel Mackr-Jr.North Carolina A&T St.Cilo, S.C.
OLJavarius Leamonr-Sr.South Carolina St.Woodruff, S.C.
OLJamaal Symmonett       r-Sr.       North Carolina Central       Nassau, Bahamas
OLJohnny CruzSr.HamptonYorktown, Va.
OLKeonte Cash                    Sr.Florida A&MMiami, Fla.

Second-Team Defense
DLAntonio Brownr-Jr.North Carolina CentralJacksonville, Fla.
DLStefen BanksSo.Savannah St.Columbus, Ohio
DLElijah PriceJr.Florida A&MJacksonville, Fla.
DLJai FranklinJr.Morgan St.Clinton, Md.
LBReggie Hunterr-Jr.North Carolina CentralHenderson, N.C.
LBLeGrande Harleyr-Sr.North Carolina CentralDurham, N.C.
LBGreg GibsonSr.Morgan St.Houston, Texas
DBSandy ChapmanSr.Norfolk St.Raleigh, N.C.
DBJason Baxterr-Jr.South Carolina St.Manning, S.C.
DBAlden McClellonSo.North Carolina CentralLake Butler, Fla.
DBCraig JohnsonSr.HowardBrooklyn, N.Y.
PChristian Faber-Kinney   Gr.HamptonWilliamsburg, Va.
PKBrandon McLarenr-Sr.       North Carolina Central       Miami, Fla.
RS*       Khris GardinJr.North Carolina A&T St.Morganton, N.C.
RS*Frank Brownr-Jr.Bethune-CookmanPalm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Third-Team Offense
QBJaylian WilliamsonGr.HamptonChesapeake, Va.
RBArshon SpauldingSr.Savannah St.Brunswick, Ga.
RB*Jamaruz Thompkins       Sr.Bethune-CookmanTampa, Fla.
RB*Mike WatersFr.Delaware St.Philadelphia, Pa.
WRBrandon NorwoodJr.Florida A&MAtlanta, Ga.
WR*       Kyle AnthonyFr.HowardMiramar, Fla.
WR*Mason RutherfordJr.Delaware St.San Bernadino, Calif.
TEWillie Gillus, IIISr.Morgan St.Suffolk, Va.
CVictor Ishmael, Jr.r-Jr.       South Carolina St.Miami, Fla.
OLNick Leverettr-Fr.North Carolina Central       Concord, N.C.
OLDaquan BlakeJr.North Carolina A&T St.Leavenworth, Kan.
OLRobbie StephensonJr.South Carolina St.Fairburn, Ga.
OLJustin Evansr-Jr.South Carolina St.Florence, S.C.

Third-Team Defense
DLJa’Quan Smithr-Jr.        North Carolina Central       Miramar, Fla.
DLChris LeeJr.Norfolk St.Woodbridge, Va.
DLCurtis Alexander                So.Florida A&MQuincy, Fla.
DLKevin Thompsonr-Jr.Bethune-CookmanBaltimore, Md.
LBDevin VandykeGr.HamptonLorton, Va.
LBMulik SimmonsJr.Savannah St.Savannah, Ga.
LBT.C. Livingstonr-Jr.Norfolk St.Suffolk, Va.
DBBrandon WalkerSr.Norfolk St.Chester, Va.
DBCarl GarnesSo.Morgan St.Columbus, N.J.
DB       Terry Jeffersonr-Fr.Florida A&MMiami, Fla.
DBBrendan Coler-Jr.HamptonHampton, Va.
PColby Blantonr-So.Florida A&MJacksonville, Fla.


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