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NORFOLK, Va.,Norfolk State quarterback Juwan Carter and South Carolina State defensive back Decobie Durant have been named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Offensive and Defensive Preseason Players of the Year, presented by TowneBank.

All awards were voted on by the MEAC’s head football coaches and sports information directors.meac logo15

Carter was second in the MEAC in passing in 2019, averaging 219.2 yards per game through the air. He was also second in pass efficiency (146.5) and total offense (238.0 yards/game). His 23 touchdowns that season were tied for the most in the league, and Carter completed a MEAC-best 60.6 percent of his passes.

The Spartans did not play this past season.

Durant led the MEAC in passes defended in 2019, totaling 15 (12 pass breakups and three interceptions). His three picks were tied for the second-most in the conference. He also had five pass breakups and four interceptions for the Bulldogs in four games this past spring.

Joining Carter on the Preseason First Team offense are Norfolk State running back Kevin Johnson, wide receiver Da’Kendall James, tight end Shawn McFarland and offensive linemen Jalen Powell and Justin Redd, North Carolina Central running back Isaiah Totten, South Carolina State wide receiver Shaquan Davis, center Jalen Page and offensive lineman Tison Gray and Delaware State offensive lineman Matthew Derks.

Durant is joined on the Preseason First Team defense by Delaware State defensive lineman Isaiah Williams, linebackers Brooks Parker and Antquan Kinsey and defensive back Jawain Granger, Norfolk State defensive linemen Tavien Blackwell, De’Shaan Dixon and Chris Myers and defensive back Devyn Coles, South Carolina State linebacker Chad Gilchrist and North Carolina Central defensive back Stephen Stokes.

On special teams, the Preseason First Team consists of Norfolk State punter Ryan Richter and placekicker Josh Nardone, as well as return specialist Brandon Codrington from North Carolina Central.
  

2021 MEAC Football All-Conference Preseason Teams, presented by TowneBank

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Juwan Carter, Norfolk State

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Decobie Durant, South Carolina State

First Team Offense

Pos.

Name

Cl.

School

Hometown

QB

Juwan Carter

Sr.

Norfolk State

Richmond, Va.

RB

Kevin Johnson 

So.

Norfolk State

Suffolk, Va.

RB

Isaiah Totten 

r-Sr.

North Carolina Central

Apex, N.C.

WR

Shaquan Davis

So.

South Carolina State

Summerville, S.C.

WR

Da’Kendall James

r-So.

Norfolk State

Chesapeake, Va.

TE

Shawn McFarland

Sr.

Norfolk State

Selden, N.Y.

C

Jalen Page

r-Sr.

South Carolina State

Florence, S.C.

OL

Jalen Powell

Sr.

Norfolk State

Temple Hill, Md.

OL

Matthew Derks

Sr.

Delaware State

Brantford, Ontario

OL

Tison Gray

r-Jr.

South Carolina State

Columbia, S.C.

OL

Justin Redd

r-Jr.

Norfolk State

Hampton, Va.

                                                                                                                       

First Team Defense

Pos.

Name

Cl.

School

Hometown

DL

Isaiah Williams

r-Jr.

Delaware State

Brooklyn, N.Y.

DL

Tavien Blackwell

Sr.

Norfolk State

Richmond, Va.

DL

De’Shaan Dixon

Sr.

Norfolk State

Chesapeake, Va.

DL

Chris Myers

r-Sr.

Norfolk State

LaVergne, Tenn.

LB

Brooks Parker

Jr.

Delaware State

Laurel, Del.

LB

Antquan Kinsey

r-So.

Delaware State

Liberty City, Fla.

LB

Chad Gilchrist

r-Sr.

South Carolina State

Johnston, S.C.

DB

Devyn Coles

So.

Norfolk State

Highland Springs, Va.

DB

Jawain Granger

Jr.

Delaware State

New Castle, Del. 

DB

Stephen Stokes

Sr.

North Carolina Central

Baltimore, Md.

DB

Decobie Durant

r-Sr.

South Carolina State

Lamar, S.C.

P

Ryan Richter

Jr.

Norfolk State

Temecula, Calif.

PK

Josh Nardone

Sr.

Norfolk State

Virginia Beach, Va.

RS

Brandon Codrington

So.

North Carolina Central

Raleigh, N.C.

                                                                                                                       

Second Team Offense

Pos.

Name

Cl.

School

Hometown

QB

Corey Fields

So.

South Carolina State

Hollywood, S.C.

RB

Thomas Bertrand-Hudon

r-So.

Delaware State

Mont Saint-Halaire, Quebec

RB

Kendrall Flowers

r-Fr.

South Carolina State

Columbia, S.C.

WR

Trey Gross

Sr.

Delaware State

Annapolis, Md.

WR

Justin Smith

r-Sr.

Norfolk State

Richmond, Va.

TE

Myles Beverly

Sr.

Delaware State

Burlington, Vt.

C

Dillon Marshall 

r-Jr.

Delaware State

Waldorf, Md.

OL

Chris Simon

r-So.

South Carolina State

Dalzell, S.C.

OL

Robert Mitchell

Sr.

North Carolina Central

Millsboro, Del.

OL

Marvin Atuatasi

So.

Morgan State

Leone, American Samoa

OL

Corey Bullock

So.

North Carolina Central

Accokeek, Md.

                                                                                                                       

Second Team Defense

Pos.

Name

Cl.

School

Hometown

DL

Jessie Malit

r-Jr.

North Carolina Central

Concord, N.C.

DL

Darrian Brokenburr

So.

Howard

Manassas, Va.

DL

Deion Harry

So.

Howard

University Park, Ill.

DL

Merinio Dendoe

Sr.

Morgan State

Amsterdam, Netherlands

LB

Christian White

So.

Howard

Richmond, Va.

LB

Devan Hebron

r-Jr.

Morgan State

Lanham, Md.

LB

BJ Davis

r-So.

South Carolina State

Blair, S.C.

DB

Rodney Dennard

Jr.

Howard

Braddock, Pa.

DB

Manny Smith

r-So.

North Carolina Central

Laurel Hill, N.C. 

DB

Rayshawn Williams

So.

Howard

Detroit, Mich.

DB

Brandon Savage

Jr.

Norfolk State

Baltimore, Md.

P

Dyson Roberts

r-Fr.

South Carolina State

Sumter, S.C.

PK

Adrian Olivo

So.

North Carolina Central

Plant City, Fla.

RS

Antoine Murray

Sr.

Howard

Miramar, Fla.

 

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