CSJ Conference Preview: MEAC

Courtesy NCAT Register

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%).

For information and details on each school’s prospects for 2018, click on the links below.

  1. North Carolina A&T
  2. Bethune-Cookman
  3. Howard
  4. North Carolina Central
  5. Florida A&M
  6. South Carolina State
  7. Norfolk State
  8. Savannah State
  9. Morgan State
  10. Delaware State

2018 All-MEAC Football Preseason Team  

 FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
QBLamar RaynardSr.North Carolina A&T StateHigh Point, N.C.
RBMarquell CartwrightSr.North Carolina A&T StateHigh Point, N.C.
RBIsaiah TottenSo.N.C. CentralApex, N.C.
WRElijah BellJr.North Carolina A&T StateWheeling, W. Va.
WRJequez EzzardJr.HowardUnion City, Ga.
TELeroy HillSr.North Carolina A&T StateSmithfield, N.C.
CJames HolmonSr.HowardAugusta, Ga.
OLMarcus PettifordJr.North Carolina A&T StateDurham, N.C.
OLDwayne BrownSr.Bethune-CookmanIndianapolis, Ind.
OLNick LeverettSr.N.C. CentralConcord, N.C.
OLTyrone RamseyJr.HowardDetroit, Mich.
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DLDarryl Johnson, Jr.Jr.North Carolina A&T StateKingsdale, Ga.
DLKawuan CoxJr.N.C. CentralSummerville, S.C.
DLMalachi WashingtonSr.Morgan StateWaldorf, Md.
DLStefen BanksSr.Savannah StateColumbus, Ohio
LBNigel ChavisJr.Norfolk StateRichmond, Va.
LBBrian CavicanteJr.Delaware StatePortsmouth, Va.
LBRico KennedyJr.Morgan StateFort Lauderdale, Fla.
DBDavanta ReynoldsSr.N.C. CentralTucker, Ga.
DBTimadre AbramSr.North Carolina A&T StateLakeland, Fla.
DBFrank McCainSo.North Carolina A&T StateGreensboro, N.C.
DBKeyjuan SelbySr.Delaware StateBear, Del.
SPECIAL TEAMS
PKUriel HernandezSr.Bethune-CookmanHomestead, Fla.
PFidel Romo-MartinezJr.Delaware StateBanning, Calif.
RSMarcus TaylorSr.Norfolk StateHighland Springs, Va.
 SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
QBCaylin NewtonSr.HowardAtlanta, Ga.
RBDevin BowersSr.Florida A&MSt. Petersburg, Fla.
RBBrycen AlleyneSr.Delaware StateWilmington, Del.
WRKyle AnthonyJr.HowardMiami, Fla.
WRMarcus TaylorSr.Norfolk StateHighland Springs, Va.
TEJosh McCoySr.N.C. CentralSharon, S.C.
CWes JonesSr.Norfolk StateWilmington, Del.
OLKenneth KirbyJr.Norfolk StateNewport News, Va.
OLAndrew DaleJr.N.C. CentralMorehead City, N.C.
OLLoubens PoliniceSr.Florida A&MPalm Coast, Fla.
OLKendrick HairSr.South Carolina StateOrlando, Fla.
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
DLJulian McKnightSr.North Carolina A&T StateConyers, Ga.
DLTodney EvansSr.Bethune-CookmanDelray Beach, Fla.
DLRandy AnyanwuSr.N.C. CentralClayton County, Ga.
DLAntonio MillerSr.Florida A&MLakeland, Fla.
LBJibreel HazlySr.Florida A&MAkron, Ohio
LBDamu FordSr.S.C. StateDillon, S.C.
LBMarcellus AllisonSr.HowardDurham, N.C.
DBBryan CookSo.HowardCincinnati, Ohio
DBJ.T. WaheeJr.Norfolk StateNorfolk, Va.
DBOrlando McKinleySr.Florida A&MAtlanta, Ga.
DBTerry JeffersonJr.Florida A&MMiami, Fla.
SPECIAL TEAMS
PKGiovanni LugoJr.Savannah StateBelle Glade, Fla.
PChris FaddoulSo.Florida A&MWesley Chapel, Fla.
RSJequez EzzardJr.HowardUnion City, Ga.
 THIRD TEAM OFFENSE
QBRyan StanleyJr.Florida A&MPembroke Pines, Fla.
RBTupac IsmeJr.Bethune-CookmanNaples, Fla.
RBAaron SavageJr.Norfolk StateBaltimore, Md.
WRManasseh BaileyJr.Morgan StateCapital Heights, Md.
WRXavier McKoyJr.N.C. CentralCharlotte, N.C.
TEParis BakerSr.Savannah StateSavannah, Ga.
CMatthew ThompsonSr.Morgan StatePerry Hall, Md.
OLObinna NwankoJr.Florida A&MMiramar, Fla.
OLJoshua MilesSr.Morgan StateBaltimore, Md.
OLRobbie StephensonSr.South Carolina StateFairburn, Ga.
OLKhalil HarrisJr.Florida A&MGulfport, Miss.
THIRD TEAM DEFENSE
DLBrandon CarswellSr.Savannah StateMt. Vernon, Ga.
DLKevin ThompsonSr.Bethune-CookmanBaltimore, Md.
DLDeshaywn MiddletonSr.Norfolk StateWinston-Salem, N.C.
DLAaron MotleySo.HowardHighland Springs, Va.
LBIan McBorroughJr.Morgan StateEssex, Md.
DBCarl GarnesSr.Morgan StateColumbus, N.J.
DBDe’Mario EvansSr.N.C. CentralColumbia, S.C.
DBKendrick GathersSr.S.C. StateColumbia, S.C.
DBAlex BrownSr.S.C. StateHolly Hill, S.C.
SPECIAL TEAMS
PKDakota LebofskyGr.HowardOverland Park, Kan.
PClifford Benjamin, Jr.Jr.S.C. StateHolly Hill, S.C.
RSJaMichael BaldwinSo.Savannah StateConyers, Ga.

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