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Hampton is top MEAC football pick

July 30, 2005

ARLINGTON, Va. - Hampton University's Alonzo Coleman and Justin Durant earned the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference's top football preseason awards, as announced by the league on Friday afternoon at the Hilton Crystal City Hotel. Coleman was selected the preseason Offensive Player of the Year and Durant was chosen the Defensive Player of the Year by the MEAC head football coaches and sports information directors.

The Pirates were the consensus pick by both media and coaches to win the MEAC title in 2005. South Carolina State, who tied Hampton for the MEAC championship last year, finished second in coaches and media polls.

Coleman (5-11, 190, Jr., RB - South Boston, Va.) led the Pirates in total rushing yards with 1,133. He led the MEAC in carries last year (225) and finished second in yards and touchdowns (13). Coleman, the MEAC Rookie of the year in 2003, has been a first-team All-MEAC performer the last two seasons.

Durant (6-2, 235, Jr. LB - Florence, S.C.) earned defensive player of the year honors in 2004 after posting 14.5 tackles for loss (2nd in MEAC), 99 total tackles (5th), and three interceptions.

Hampton led all teams with nine players on the preseason All-MEAC first team. The Pirates also had three second team players for a total of 12.

Morgan State was second with four first team All-MEAC players.

Bethune-Cookman, despite not having any players on the first team, tied South Carolina State with eight All-MEAC players. S.C. State placed three players on the first team.

Meackie with Conference football coaches

The MEAC Press Luncheon concluded with the unveilling of MEACKIE, the leagues' first-ever mascot. The mascot is colored in MEAC purple with a MEAC gold jersey. The jersey features the logos of each of the 11 MEAC institutions. Perhaps the most striking aspect of the new mascot is his head, which is shaped into the MEAC logo. MEACKIE can reach a height of 5-feet, 7-inches tall.

Commissioner Dennis Thomas says that MEACKIE is a symbol of the enthusiam that MEAC institutions have around their campuses.

"We are excited about having our own mascot," Commissioner Thomas said.

"We will use MEACKIE in our local communities, at special events and all promotional activities."

MEAC PRESEASON POLLS
Coaches Poll
1. Hampton (8)
2. South Carolina State
3. Bethune-Cookman
4. Morgan State
5. North Carolina A&T
6. Delaware State
7. Howard
8. Florida A&M
9. Norfolk State
Media Poll
1. Hampton (16)
2. South Carolina State (2)
3. Bethune-Cookman
4. Morgan State
5. Howard
6. Florida A&M
7. North Carolina A&T
8. Delaware State
9. Norfolk State

Mid Eastern Athletic Conference
2005 Preseason All-Conference Football Honors

Offensive Player of the Year: Alonzo Coleman (Hampton)
Defensive Player of the Year: Justin Durant (Hampton)

FIRST TEAM
Offense
WR- Kelvin Dickens Morgan State 6-3 200 Sr. Bowie, Md.
WR- Shaheer McBride Delaware State 6-3 190 Jr. Clamont, De.
OL- Curtis Bradley Morgan State 6-3 320 Jr. Orangeburg, S.C.
OL- Gerrell Golightly Hampton 6-2 280 Sr. Lancaster, Tex
OL- Clyde Reed S.C. State 6-6 275 Sr. Georgetown, S.C.
OL- Richard Dorceus Howard 6-3 290 Sr. Orlando, Fla.
C- Jason Dean S.C. State 6-4 280 Sr. Lexington, S.C.
TE- Chris Cash Morgan State 6-3 220 Sr. Glendale, Md.
QB- Princeton Shepherd Hampton 6-5 205 Sr. Columbia, S.C.
RB- Alonzo Coleman Hampton 5-11 190 Jr. South Boston, Va.
RB- DeShawn Baker S.C. State 6-2 230 Jr. Charlotte, N.C.
KR/PR- Marquay McDaniels Hampton 5-11 190 Sr. Virginia Beach, Va.
PK- Andrew Paterini Hampton 6-0 205 Jr.. Gladstone, Mo.

Defense
DL- Rickie Lewis N.C. A&T 6-2 225 Sr. Greensboro, N.C.
DL- Micah Littlejohn Hampton 6-3 255 Sr. Hampton, Va.
DL- Tyrone McGriff Florida A&M 6-1 270 So. Tallahassee, Fla.
DL- Kendall Langford Hampton 6-2 260 So. Petersburg, Va.
LB- Justin Durant Hampton 6-2 235 Jr. Florence, S.C.
LB- Chamar Milton N.C. A&T 5-11 235 Sr. Greensboro, N.C.
LB- Russell Reeves Delaware State 6-3 235 r-So. Mechanicsville, Md.
DB- Antoine Bethea Howard 5-10 175 Sr. Newport News, Va.
DB- Sam Smith Delaware State 6-0 200 Sr. St. Petersburg, Fla.
DB- Larry Davis Morgan State 6-2 200 Sr. Fork Union, Va.
DB- Sammy Doughty Florida A&M 6-3 205 Sr. Columbus, Miss.
P- Cameron Muro Hampton 6-2 220 Sr. Newport News, Va.

SECOND TEAM
Offense
WR- Roosevelt Kiser Florida A&M 5-9 160 Jr. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
WR- Eric Weems Bethune-Cookman 5-9 175 Jr. Ormond Beach, Fla.
OL- Nate Richardson S.C. State 6-5 290 r-So. Wando, S.C.
OL- Daniel Parrish Florida A&M 6-7 340 Jr. Tallahassee, Fla.
OL- Tarell Baldwin Florida A&M 6-4 340 Sr. Toledo, Ohio
OL- Chris Gates N.C. A&T 6-4 330 Sr. Washington, D.C.
C- Vernon Edward Bethune-Cookman 6-3 285 r-Sr. Jacksonville, Fla.
TE- Fred Smith S.C. State 6-4 235 Sr. Dillon, S.C.
QB- Jarod Rucker Bethune-Cookman 5-11 185 r-Jr. North Miami Bch, Fla.
RB- Jason Jackson Morgan State 5-10 200 Sr. Oxon Hill, Md.
RB- Ardell Daniels Hampton 5-8 200 Sr. Sarasota, Fla.
KR/PR- Ricky Williams Bethune-Cookman 5-10 178 Jr. Gulfport, Fla.
PK- Jesus Cortez Bethune-Cookman 5-8 194 So. Fort Meade, Fla.

Defense
DL- Michael Brown Howard 6-4 225 Sr. Clinton, Md.
DL- Marcus Dixon Hampton 6-6 275 So. Rome, Ga.
DL- Jesse Hayes Howard 6-3 330 Jr. Baltimore, Md.
DL- Dolorean Shaw S.C. State 6-2 260 Jr. Columbia, S.C.
LB- Terrence Bennett S.C. State 5-11 185 Sr. Beaufort, S.C.
LB- Rudy Foye Hampton 6-1 205 Jr. Newport News, Va.
LB- Timothy Lockett Howard 6-0 235 So. Greensboro, N.C.
DB- Larry Summers Bethune-Cookman 5-11 185 r-Sr. Jacksonville, Fla.
DB- Kevin Corley S.C. State 6-0 202 Sr. Columbia, S.C.
DB- Bobbie Williams Bethune-Cookman 6-0 190 r-So. Miami, Fla.
DB- Brandy O’Brien Florida A&M 6-2 200 Sr. Macon, Miss.
P- Davis Player Bethune-Cookman 5-10 186 r-Sr. Ormond Bch, Fla.

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