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UNDER THE BANNER
What's Going On In and Around Black College Sports
South Carolina State running back
Will Ford and Norfolk State defensive back
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 yards. 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
1. South Carolina State (10) 290
2. Florida A&M (5) 273
3. Hampton (1) 197
4. Bethune-Cookman (1) 185
5. Norfolk State (1) 163
6. Morgan State 142
7. Delaware State 140
8. North Carolina A&T 48
9. Howard 38
2009 All-MEAC FIRST TEAM
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., S. 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.
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 Marshall 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
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
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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