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MEAC announces 2009 Preseason Football Predictions

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July 31, 2009

South Carolina State’s Will Ford and Norfolk State’s Terrell Whitehead earned the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s (MEAC) top football preseason awards, as announced by the league on Friday afternoon at the Newport News Marriott. Ford was selected as the preseason Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight year while Whitehead was named the preseason Defensive Player of the Year as voted on by the conference’s Head Coaches and Sports Information Directors.

For the third straight year, South Carolina State was picked to win the MEAC title. The defending champion Bulldogs are coming of a 10-3 season that included an unblemished 8-0 mark in conference play.

Ford, the 2008 MEAC Offensive Player of the Year, led the MEAC and ranked 13th in the nation in rushing with 1,499 touchdowns. The senior, who earned All-MEAC first team honors and was a second team All-American selection, averaged 6.1 yards per carry with 13 touchdowns a year ago.

Whitehead earned the Defensive Player of the Year honor after leading the Spartans with 83 tackles (44 solo) in 2008. He finished tied for third in the conference in passes defended with four interceptions and 11 pass deflections.

Florida A&M led all teams with eight players on the preseason All-MEAC first team. The Rattlers also had three second team selections for a total of 11. South Carolina State had a total of eight selections on both teams; five were recognized on the first team. Norfolk State and Morgan State had seven total selections each.

The 2009 Preseason Predictions and All-Conference teams are listed below.

2009 MEAC Football Preseason Predicted Order of Finish
First Place Votes In Parenthesis
1. South Carolina State (10) 290 pts.
2. Florida A&M (5) 273 pts.
3. Hampton (1) 197 pts.
4. Bethune-Cookman (1) 185 pts.
5. Norfolk State (1) 163 pts.
6. Morgan State 142 pts.
7. Delaware State 140 pts.
8. North Carolina A&T 48 pts.
9. Howard 38 pts.
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Will Ford, South Carolina State
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Terrell Whitehead, Norfolk State

2009 All-MEAC FIRST TEAM
Offense
Pos Name CL School Hometown
QB Curtis Pulley r-Sr. Florida A&M Hopkinsville, KY
RB William Ford Sr. South Carolina State Travelers Rest, S.C.
RB Devan James Sr. Morgan State Pompano Beach, Fla.
TE Sherron Childress r-Jr. Norfolk State Hampton, Va.
WR Oliver “Trey” Young Sr. South Carolina State Charleston, S.C.
WR Kevin Elliot r-So. Florida A&M Orlando, Fla.
OL Johnny Culbreath r-Jr. South Carolina State Monroe, Ga.
OL Anthony Collins r-Sr. Florida A&M Miami. Fla.
OL Robert Okeafor Sr. Florida A&M Jacksonville. Fla.
OL Robert Norris Sr. Morgan State Cheltenham, Md.
C Steve Brazzle r-Sr. Florida A&M Coatesville, Pa.
Defense
DL Justin Lawrence Sr. Morgan State Jetersville, Va.
DL Dexter Jackson Sr. Bethune-Cookman Jacksonville, Fla.
DL Cameron Houston Sr. Florida A&M Rockledge, Fla.
DL Kendrick Ellis Jr. Hampton West Palm Beach, Fla.
LB Michael McFadden Sr. South Carolina State Lamar, S.C.
LB Bryan Parker Sr. Florida A&M Randlestown, Md.
LB Mike Alphonse r-Sr. Norfolk State Miramar, Fla.
DB Terrell Whitehead Sr. Norfolk State Virginia Beach, Va.
DB Curtis Holcomb Jr. Florida A&M Miami, Fla.
DB Markee Hamlin Jr. South Carolina State Lamar, S.C.
DB Darren McKahn Jr. Morgan State Miami, Fla.
P Jahmal Blanchard Sr. Hampton Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.
P/K Justin Castellat Sr. Norfolk State Virginia Beach, Va.
Ret LeRoy Vann Sr. Florida A&M Plantation, Fla.

2009 All-MEAC SECOND TEAM
Offense
Pos Name CL School Hometown
QB Herbert Bynes r-Jr. Hampton Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
RB Philip Sylvester Jr. Florida A&M Marianna, Fla.
RB DeAngelo Branche r-Jr. Norfolk State Norfolk, Va.
TE Jephte Cherenfant Jr. Morgan State Miami, Fla.
WR Willie Carter So. Howard Denmark, S.C.
WR Isaac West Jr. Florida A&M Tallahassee, Fla.
OL Ryan Griffin r-Sr. Bethune-Cookman Hollywood, Fla.
OL Juavahr Nathan r-Jr. South Carolina State Ladson, S.C.
OL Mike Maloney Sr. Delaware State Chicago, Ill.
OL Nicholas Royal Sr. Hampton Keeling, Va.
C Ryan Cave Sr. Hampton Beaufort, SC
Defense
DL Ray Jennings Sr. Norfolk State Chesapeake, Va.
DL Markus James So. South Carolina State Hampton, Va.
DL James Carter Sr. Howard Tifton, Ga.
DL Tyre Glasper Sr. North Carolina A&T Detroit, Mich.
LB Josh Pope r-Sr. Delaware State Philadelphia, Pa.
LB Troy Leftwich** Jr. Morgan State Ashland, Va.
LB Andre Thornton** Sr. North Carolina A&T Charlotte, N.C.
LB George Howard Sr. Morgan State Chesapeake, Va.
DB Antonio Cox Sr. Bethune-Cookman Miami, Fla.
DB Antwuan Cox Sr. Bethune-Cookman Miami, Fla.
DB Jonathan Wade Jr. Hampton Richmond, Va.
DB Phillip Adams Sr. South Carolina State Rock Hill, S.C.
P Justin Keable r-Sr. Bethune-Cookman DeLand, Fla.
P/K Trevor Scott r-So. Florida A&M Jacksonville, Fla.
Ret Dwight Fluker-Berry r-Jr. Norfolk State Miami, Fla.

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