College Sports Journal announces their 2018 Fearless Prediction for the Order of finish of the MEAC.
Winners of the Celebration Bowl last season, North Carolina A&T was the runaway choice to repeating as MEAC champions. Aggie fans are accustomed lately to great football teams, but a historic 12-0 season, with a win over an FBS team (Charlotte), a MEAC title, and a second win in the Celebration Bowl (this time over Grambling State, 21-14), exceeded all expectations. They were the first-ever HBCU to finish a season unbeaten and untied. This season, following the retirement of head coach Rod Broadway, Sam Washington is expected to pick up where Broadway left off and defend the Aggies MEAC title.
North Carolina A&T QB Lamar Raynard was also selected by the MEAC’s 10 head football coaches and sports information contacts as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Preseason Offensive Player of the Year.
Raynard passed for a MEAC-best 2,932 yards and 27 touchdowns in 2017. The redshirt senior from High Point, N.C. has compiled a 27-0 record as a starter and led the MEAC in six statistical categories while shattering the Aggie record books as he broke the North Carolina A&T single-season school records for touchdowns responsible, passing, total offense, touchdown passes and completions in a season. Nationally, Raynard ranked sixth in passing efficiency (140.8), seventh in yards per pass attempt (8.94), ninth in completion percentage (64.6%), 11th in passing TDs (27), 13th in both points responsible for (14.03) and points responsible per game (15.7) and 16th in completion percentage (63.7%).
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