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
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
Morgan State was second with four first team
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
1. Hampton (8)
2. South Carolina State
4. Morgan State
5. North Carolina A&T
6. Delaware State
8. Florida A&M
9. Norfolk State
1. Hampton (16)
2. South Carolina State (2)
4. Morgan State
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
Defensive Player of the
Year: Justin Durant
WR- Kelvin Dickens Morgan State 6-3 200 Sr.
WR- Shaheer McBride Delaware State 6-3 190
Jr. Clamont, De.
OL- Curtis Bradley Morgan State 6-3 320 Jr.
OL- Gerrell Golightly Hampton 6-2 280 Sr. Lancaster,
OL- Clyde Reed S.C. State 6-6 275 Sr. Georgetown,
OL- Richard Dorceus Howard 6-3 290 Sr. Orlando,
C- Jason Dean S.C. State 6-4 280 Sr. Lexington,
TE- Chris Cash Morgan State 6-3 220 Sr. Glendale,
QB- Princeton Shepherd Hampton 6-5 205 Sr.
RB- Alonzo Coleman Hampton 5-11 190 Jr. South
RB- DeShawn Baker S.C. State 6-2 230 Jr. Charlotte,
KR/PR- Marquay McDaniels Hampton 5-11 190 Sr.
Virginia Beach, Va.
PK- Andrew Paterini Hampton 6-0 205 Jr.. Gladstone,
DL- Rickie Lewis N.C. A&T 6-2 225 Sr. Greensboro,
DL- Micah Littlejohn Hampton 6-3 255 Sr. Hampton,
DL- Tyrone McGriff Florida A&M 6-1 270
So. Tallahassee, Fla.
DL- Kendall Langford Hampton 6-2 260 So. Petersburg,
LB- Justin Durant Hampton 6-2 235 Jr. Florence,
LB- Chamar Milton N.C. A&T 5-11 235 Sr.
LB- Russell Reeves Delaware State 6-3 235 r-So.
DB- Antoine Bethea Howard 5-10 175 Sr. Newport
DB- Sam Smith Delaware State 6-0 200 Sr. St.
DB- Larry Davis Morgan State 6-2 200 Sr. Fork
DB- Sammy Doughty Florida A&M 6-3 205 Sr.
P- Cameron Muro Hampton 6-2 220 Sr. Newport
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.
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,
C- Vernon Edward Bethune-Cookman 6-3 285 r-Sr.
TE- Fred Smith S.C. State 6-4 235 Sr. Dillon,
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,
KR/PR- Ricky Williams Bethune-Cookman 5-10
178 Jr. Gulfport, Fla.
PK- Jesus Cortez Bethune-Cookman 5-8 194 So.
Fort Meade, Fla.
DL- Michael Brown Howard 6-4 225 Sr. Clinton,
DL- Marcus Dixon Hampton 6-6 275 So. Rome,
DL- Jesse Hayes Howard 6-3 330 Jr. Baltimore,
DL- Dolorean Shaw S.C. State 6-2 260 Jr. Columbia,
LB- Terrence Bennett S.C. State 5-11 185 Sr.
LB- Rudy Foye Hampton 6-1 205 Jr. Newport News,
LB- Timothy Lockett Howard 6-0 235 So. Greensboro,
DB- Larry Summers Bethune-Cookman 5-11 185
r-Sr. Jacksonville, Fla.
DB- Kevin Corley S.C. State 6-0 202 Sr. Columbia,
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.