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
QB Lamar Raynard Sr. North Carolina A&T State High Point, N.C.
RB Marquell Cartwright Sr. North Carolina A&T State High Point, N.C.
RB Isaiah Totten So. N.C. Central Apex, N.C.
WR Elijah Bell Jr. North Carolina A&T State Wheeling, W. Va.
WR Jequez Ezzard Jr. Howard Union City, Ga.
TE Leroy Hill Sr. North Carolina A&T State Smithfield, N.C.
C James Holmon Sr. Howard Augusta, Ga.
OL Marcus Pettiford Jr. North Carolina A&T State Durham, N.C.
OL Dwayne Brown Sr. Bethune-Cookman Indianapolis, Ind.
OL Nick Leverett Sr. N.C. Central Concord, N.C.
OL Tyrone Ramsey Jr. Howard Detroit, Mich.
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL Darryl Johnson, Jr. Jr. North Carolina A&T State Kingsdale, Ga.
DL Kawuan Cox Jr. N.C. Central Summerville, S.C.
DL Malachi Washington Sr. Morgan State Waldorf, Md.
DL Stefen Banks Sr. Savannah State Columbus, Ohio
LB Nigel Chavis Jr. Norfolk State Richmond, Va.
LB Brian Cavicante Jr. Delaware State Portsmouth, Va.
LB Rico Kennedy Jr. Morgan State Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
DB Davanta Reynolds Sr. N.C. Central Tucker, Ga.
DB Timadre Abram Sr. North Carolina A&T State Lakeland, Fla.
DB Frank McCain So. North Carolina A&T State Greensboro, N.C.
DB Keyjuan Selby Sr. Delaware State Bear, Del.
SPECIAL TEAMS
PK Uriel Hernandez Sr. Bethune-Cookman Homestead, Fla.
P Fidel Romo-Martinez Jr. Delaware State Banning, Calif.
RS Marcus Taylor Sr. Norfolk State Highland Springs, Va.
  SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
QB Caylin Newton Sr. Howard Atlanta, Ga.
RB Devin Bowers Sr. Florida A&M St. Petersburg, Fla.
RB Brycen Alleyne Sr. Delaware State Wilmington, Del.
WR Kyle Anthony Jr. Howard Miami, Fla.
WR Marcus Taylor Sr. Norfolk State Highland Springs, Va.
TE Josh McCoy Sr. N.C. Central Sharon, S.C.
C Wes Jones Sr. Norfolk State Wilmington, Del.
OL Kenneth Kirby Jr. Norfolk State Newport News, Va.
OL Andrew Dale Jr. N.C. Central Morehead City, N.C.
OL Loubens Polinice Sr. Florida A&M Palm Coast, Fla.
OL Kendrick Hair Sr. South Carolina State Orlando, Fla.
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
DL Julian McKnight Sr. North Carolina A&T State Conyers, Ga.
DL Todney Evans Sr. Bethune-Cookman Delray Beach, Fla.
DL Randy Anyanwu Sr. N.C. Central Clayton County, Ga.
DL Antonio Miller Sr. Florida A&M Lakeland, Fla.
LB Jibreel Hazly Sr. Florida A&M Akron, Ohio
LB Damu Ford Sr. S.C. State Dillon, S.C.
LB Marcellus Allison Sr. Howard Durham, N.C.
DB Bryan Cook So. Howard Cincinnati, Ohio
DB J.T. Wahee Jr. Norfolk State Norfolk, Va.
DB Orlando McKinley Sr. Florida A&M Atlanta, Ga.
DB Terry Jefferson Jr. Florida A&M Miami, Fla.
SPECIAL TEAMS
PK Giovanni Lugo Jr. Savannah State Belle Glade, Fla.
P Chris Faddoul So. Florida A&M Wesley Chapel, Fla.
RS Jequez Ezzard Jr. Howard Union City, Ga.
  THIRD TEAM OFFENSE
QB Ryan Stanley Jr. Florida A&M Pembroke Pines, Fla.
RB Tupac Isme Jr. Bethune-Cookman Naples, Fla.
RB Aaron Savage Jr. Norfolk State Baltimore, Md.
WR Manasseh Bailey Jr. Morgan State Capital Heights, Md.
WR Xavier McKoy Jr. N.C. Central Charlotte, N.C.
TE Paris Baker Sr. Savannah State Savannah, Ga.
C Matthew Thompson Sr. Morgan State Perry Hall, Md.
OL Obinna Nwanko Jr. Florida A&M Miramar, Fla.
OL Joshua Miles Sr. Morgan State Baltimore, Md.
OL Robbie Stephenson Sr. South Carolina State Fairburn, Ga.
OL Khalil Harris Jr. Florida A&M Gulfport, Miss.
THIRD TEAM DEFENSE
DL Brandon Carswell Sr. Savannah State Mt. Vernon, Ga.
DL Kevin Thompson Sr. Bethune-Cookman Baltimore, Md.
DL Deshaywn Middleton Sr. Norfolk State Winston-Salem, N.C.
DL Aaron Motley So. Howard Highland Springs, Va.
LB Ian McBorrough Jr. Morgan State Essex, Md.
DB Carl Garnes Sr. Morgan State Columbus, N.J.
DB De’Mario Evans Sr. N.C. Central Columbia, S.C.
DB Kendrick Gathers Sr. S.C. State Columbia, S.C.
DB Alex Brown Sr. S.C. State Holly Hill, S.C.
SPECIAL TEAMS
PK Dakota Lebofsky Gr. Howard Overland Park, Kan.
P Clifford Benjamin, Jr. Jr. S.C. State Holly Hill, S.C.
RS JaMichael Baldwin So. Savannah State Conyers, Ga.

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