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BCU’s Ryan Davis earns MEAC Defensive Player of the Year Honors

2011 MEAC Defensive Player of the Year-Ryan Davis

Associated Press– Bethune-Cookman’s Ryan Davis earned the Defensive Player of the Year honor as voted on by the MEAC head football coaches and sports information directors. 

Ryan Davis led the MEAC in sacks (12.0) and tackles for loss (21.5) and ranked in the top 10 nationally in both categories.  He ranked third on the team in tackles with 65 this season including 40 solo and 25 assisted.  He also recorded 17 quarterback hurries, eight forced fumbles, three pass breakups and two fumble recoveries.  He was named the MEAC Defensive Player of the Week once this season and was named the FCS Defensive Player of the Week once by the Sports Network. 

Sophomore running back Isidore Jackson joins Davis as a first team All-MEAC selectee.  Jackson finished the year as the conference’s second leading rusher gaining 866 yards on 146 carries with 7 rushing touchdowns.

The MEAC’s Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, linebacker  Ryan Lewis, was an second team selectee as were fellow linebacker Reggie Sandilands, safety Jean Fanor, offensive lineman Natiel Curry, and offensive lineman Terrance Hackney.

Norfolk State quarterback Chris Walley and North Carolina A&T State running back Mike Mayhew were selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s (MEAC) Co-Offensive Players of the Year.

Greg McGhee of Howard earned the Rookie of the Year award and Norfolk State’s Blake Matthews was selected as the Offensive Lineman of the Year.

Seven-year head coach Pete Adrian of Norfolk State was named the Coach of the Year.  Adrian led the Spartans to its first-ever MEAC football title following a 9-2 overall finish and 7-1 mark in conference play.  The Spartans earned the conference title following a 47-14 victory over Morgan State on Saturday, Nov. 12.  The No. 19th ranked Spartans rose to its highest-ever ranking in the Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top 25 poll and earned the MEAC’s automatic berth with the title. 

Senior Mike Mayhew capped off a tremendous four-year collegiate career with yet another conference top honor after receiving Rookie of the Year honors just three years ago. In 11 games Mayhew led the MEAC in rushing with 231 carries for 1,120 yards and nine touchdowns. He also caught 18 passes for 93 yards. Mayhew was named to the All-MEAC Preseason First Team and was MEAC Offensive Player of the Week once this season. He ranks 23rd in the nation in rushing and averaged 101.8 yards per game and 4.8 yards per carry.

Chris Walley led the MEAC in most of the passing categories this season including total yards (2,309), average per game (209.9), efficiency (148.5) and completions (211).   He also led the conference in total offense averaging 235 yards in 11 games.  The 6-2, senior from Tallahassee, Florida ranks 18th in the nation in pass efficiency and 33rd in total offense.  Walley completed 69.2-percent of his passes (211-305) with 17 passing touchdowns and ranked third on the team in rushing with 89 attempts and 276 total yards with five TDs on the ground. He was selected as the MEAC Offensive Player of the Week three times this season.

Greg McGhee led the Bison and was third in the MEAC in total offense averaging 197.5 yards per game.  The rookie connected on 56-percent of his passes (182-321-5) with 1,784 total yards and 13 touchdowns in 11 starts.  He was second on the team in rushing with 388 yards on 116 carries with four rushing touchdowns.  The Pittsburgh, Pa. native was selected as the MEAC Rookie of the Week five times this season.

Blake Matthews aided a powerful Spartan offense that accounted for 4,319 total yards including 1,843 yards on the ground. Behind Matthew’s blocking Norfolk State finished second in the MEAC in total offense and passing offense. He provided protection for four different players to rush for over 200+ yards. He also allowed senior quarterback Chris Walley to throw for 2,309 yards and 17 touchdowns. Matthews was named MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Week once this season and anchored a line that only gave up 13 sacks on the year.

2011 All-MEAC FOOTBALL HONORS

Player of the Year: Chris Walley, Norfolk State and Mike Mayhew, North Carolina A&T

Defensive Player of the Year: Ryan Davis, Bethune-Cookman                                            

Offensive Lineman of the Year: Blake Matthews, Norfolk State

Rookie of the Year: Greg McGhee, Howard                                                                                                   

Coach of the Year: Pete Adrian, Norfolk State

2011 All-MEAC FIRST TEAM

Offense

POS Name CL School Hometown
QB Chris Walley r-Sr. Norfolk State Tallahassee, Fla.
RB Isidore Jackson r-So. Bethune-Cookman Mossy Head, Fla.
RB Mike Mayhew Sr. North Carolina A&T Charlotte, N.C.
TE Lamont Bryant Sr. Morgan State Newport News, Va.
WR Willie Carter Sr. Howard Denmark, S.C.
WR Xavier Boyce r-Jr. Norfolk State Virginia Beach, Va.
OL Kendall Noble r-Sr. Norfolk State Rocky Mount, N.C.
OL Steven Robinson r-Sr. Florida A&M Tallahassee, Fla.
OL Corey Gwinner r-Sr. Howard Ypsilanti, Mich.
OL Blake Matthews r-Sr. Norfolk State Manassas, Va.
C Shelly Anthony r-So. Florida A&M Atlanta, Ga.
Defense        
DL Ryan Davis Sr. Bethune-Cookman Tampa, Fla.
DL Sackie Kerkulah r-Sr. Howard Willingboro, NJ
DL Josh Turner r-Sr. Norfolk State Chesterfield, Va.
DL Pat Washington r-Sr. South Carolina State Hollywood, S.C.
LB Keith Pough r-Jr. Howard Orangeburg, S.C.
LB Corwin Hammond r-Sr. Norfolk State Louisville, Ky.
LB Donovan Richard r-Sr. South Carolina State Georgetown, S.C.
DB John Ojo Jr. Florida A&M Tallahassee, Fla.
DB Micah Pellerin Sr. Hampton New Orleans, La.
DB Justin Ferrell Sr. North Carolina A&T Danville, Va.
DB Dominique Ellis r-Sr. South Carolina State Union City, Ga.
P Branden Holdren Jr. Florida A&M Jacksonville, Fla.
P/K Ryan Estep r-Sr. Norfolk State Chesapeake, Va.
Ret Edmond Baker r-Jr. Florida A&M Miami, Fla

2011 All-MEAC SECOND TEAM

Offense

POS Name CL School Hometown
QB Greg McGhee Fr. Howard Pittsburgh, Pa.
RB Asheton Jordan Jr. South Carolina State Summerville, S.C.
RB Travis Davidson Jr. Morgan State Redford, Mich.
TE Joe Hawkins Jr. Norfolk State Chicago, Ill.
WR Wallace Miles r-Sr. North Carolina A&T Atlanta, Ga.
WR Kevin Elliott r-Sr. Florida A&M Orlando, Fla.
OL Alex Harper r-Sr. North Carolina A&T Baltimore, Md.
OL Terrance Hackney So. Bethune-Cookman Chapel Hill, N.C.
OL Lawrence Brewer Sr. Morgan State Fort Washington, Md.
OL Branden Curry r-Sr. Florida A&M Hollywood, Fla.
C Natiel Curry r-Sr. Bethune-Cookman Miami, Fla.
         
Defense        
DL Joey Christine Sr. Norfolk State Stephens City, Va.
DL Corey Berry r-Sr. Howard Orangeburg, S.C.
DL Ian Davidson Sr. Hampton Washington, DC
DL Zackary Stewart Sr. Morgan State Upper Marlboro, Md.
LB Reginald Sandilands Sr. Bethune-Cookman Miami, Fla.
LB Delbert Tyler So. Hampton Monroeville, Pa.
LB Ryan Lewis Sr. Bethune-Cookman Pompano Beach, Fla.
DB Jean Fanor r-Sr. Bethune-Cookman Miami, Fla.
DB DeVonte Reynolds r-Sr. Norfolk State Warsaw, Va.
DB Christian Thompson Sr. South Carolina State N. Lauderdale, Fla.
DB Lanny Kelly Sr. Howard Richmond, Calif.
P Jordan Stovall Jr. Hampton Elgin, S.C.
P/K Trevor Scott r-Sr. Florida A&M Jacksonville, Fla.
Ret Geovonie Irvine r-Jr. North Carolina Central Durham, N.C.

BCU rush to a FL Classic win

ORLANDO, Fla. — Anthony Jordan rushed for two touchdowns to ignite Bethune-Cookman to a 26-16 triumph over Florida A&M on Saturday.

The sixth straight victory by the Wildcats (8-3, 6-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), which ended the regular season for both teams, enabled Bethune-Cookman to share the runner-up spot in the league with South Carolina State. Norfolk State won the conference title.

The Rattlers (7-4, 5-3), who led 3-0 after the first quarter, damaged their chances of winning a fourth straight Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Classic by committing five turnovers and yielding a safety. The Rattlers managed only 58 yards rushing.

Jordan’s second rushing  touchdown, which came with 5:33 left in the third quarter, was a 6-yard run that increased Bethune-Cookman’s lead to 24-10. It came after D.J. Howard of the Wildcats intercepted Damien Fleming‘s pass at the Florida A&M 41.

In their final game in a Bethune-Cookman uniform, Seniors Reggie Sandilands, Ryan Davis, and Ryan Lewis combined for 21 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, a sack, 2 forced fumbles, and an interception.

Team Statistics  

 Team Totals  FAMU  BCU 
FIRST DOWNS  16  19 
   Rushing  16 
   Passing  11 
   Penalty 
NET YARDS RUSHING  58  259 
   Rushing Attempts  22  53 
   Average Per Rush  2.6  4.9 
   Rushing Touchdowns 
   Yards Gained Rushing  81  266 
   Yards Lost Rushing  23 
NET YARDS PASSING  287  81 
   Completions-Attempts-Int  21-38-3  13-18-1 
   Average Per Attempt  7.6  4.5 
   Average Per Completion  13.7  6.2 
   Passing Touchdowns 
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS  345  340 
   Total offense plays  60  71 
   Average Gain Per Play  5.8  4.8 
Fumbles: Number-Lost  3-2  1-1 
Penalties: Number-Yards  7-85  9-75 
PUNTS-YARDS  3-150  5-138 
   Average Yards Per Punt  50.0  27.6 
   Net Yards Per Punt  50.0  27.6 
   Inside 20 
   50+ Yards 
   Touchbacks 
   Fair catch 
KICKOFFS-YARDS  4-187  5-277 
   Average Yards Per Kickoff  46.8  55.4 
   Net Yards Per Kickoff  24.2  46.0 
   Touchbacks 
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD  0-0-0  2-0-0 
   Average Per Return  0.0  0.0 
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD  4-27-0  4-90-0 
   Average Per Return  6.8  22.5 
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD  1-31-0  3-0-0 
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD  0-0-0  1-10-0 
Miscellaneous Yards 
Possession Time  27:11  32:49 
   1st Quarter  7:09  7:51 
   2nd Quarter  5:41  9:19 
   3rd Quarter  10:24  4:36 
   4th Quarter  3:57  11:03 
Third-Down Conversions  5 of 12  7 of 15 
Fourth-Down Conversions  0 of 0  1 of 1 
Red-Zone Scores-Chances  2-3  3-3 
   Touchdowns  1-3  2-3 
   Field goals  1-3  1-3 
Sacks By: Number-Yards  0-0  2-21 
PAT Kicks  1-1  3-3 
Field Goals  1-1  1-1 

The (playoff) case for BCU

When Bethune Cookman and Florida A&M faceoff this Saturday at 2:30, the two teams will be playing for more than just in-state bragging rights.  The winner of this year’s Florida Classic will be fighting for the right to be considered for this year’s FCS playoffs. 

Both the Wildcats and Rattlers boast identical 7-3 records and a victory over Division II Fort Valley State.  Saturday’s Florida Classic is essentially a playoff elimination game for the loser since both teams need one more FCS win to qualify for playoff consideration. 

 The Pros for BCU:

Assuming the Wildcats defeat FAMU, BCU can boast of a 6 game winning streak since their midseason quarterback change and a road victory over playoff bound and Top 25 foe Norfolk State.

Brian Jenkins’ club ranks in the Top 25 Nationally in 6 major categories on both sides of the ball:

·         Total Offense-               10th
·         Scoring Offense-           13th    
·         Rushing Offense-            6th
·         Total Defense-              12th
·         Scoring Defense-           25th
·         Passing Defense-            6th.
 

In the “moral victory” category, the Wildcats gave perennial powerhouse, University of Miami, all they could handle for 3 quarters.

BCU has also performed similarly to playoff bound Towson, Old Dominion, and Appalachian State against common opponents;                                                   

  • Towson beat Morgan State 42-3; BCU defeated Morgan 49-23;
  • Old Dominion beat Hampton 45-42 while the Wildcats defeated HU 35-31;
  • Appalachian State defeated Savannah State 41-6; BCU defeated SSU 59-3.

The Cons:

Bethune-Cookman’s loss to North Carolina A&T has not only prevented the Wildcats from competing for the conference’s automatic qualifier, but the loss to the Aggies could also be the difference as to whether or not the Wildcats receive an at-large invite from the FCS playoff committee.

The MEAC’s recent playoff woes (winless since 1999) could also be held against the Wildcats.  The MEAC, however, is a respectable 7-9 this year against out of conference FCS competition. 

Most FCS pundits believe that there are 4 or 5 at-large playoff spots still on the table.  The teams most likely to fill those spots are BCU (MEAC), FAMU (MEAC), Wofford (SoCon), James Madison (CAA), Indiana State (MVC), Youngstown State (MVC), Illinois State (MVC), Eastern Kentucky (OVC), Central Arkansas (Southland), New Hampshire (CAA), and Duquesne (Patriot).  Translation and football cliché of the week—“there is still a lot of football left to be played”.

So tell us, assuming BCU wins the Florida Classic, do you believe that the Wildcats are worthy of a playoff spot?  

Hail Wildcats

Wildcats too much for Tigers

For the past two months, coach Brian Jenkins has insisted that the quarterback who practices the best during the week will receive the starting nod on gameday.

Remaining true to his word, Jenkins named David Blackwell as the starting quarterback just minutes before Saturday’s contest against Savannah State.  Blackwell responded by ripping off an 80 yard touchdown run on the Wildcats first offensive play from scrimmage.  He later added two more first half touchdown runs (of 37 yards and 59 yards) as well as two 3rd quarter touchdown passes (46 yarder to Isidore Jackson and 16 yarder to Johnathan Moment).  Blackwell accounted for 350 yards of total offense (203 rushing and 147 passing) in a little over 2 quarters of play.

The Wildcats finished the contest with 625 yards of total offense in route to a 59-3 dismantling of the over-matched Tigers.

Defensively, the Wildcats yielded just 202 yards of total offense and allowed no second half first downs.  Defensive tackle, Harold Love III, led the defensive charge with 12 tackles.

 Team Totals 

SSU 

BCU 

FIRST DOWNS 

23 

   Rushing 

17 

   Passing 

   Penalty 

NET YARDS RUSHING 

149 

431 

   Rushing Attempts 

40 

41 

   Average Per Rush 

3.7 

10.5 

   Rushing Touchdowns 

   Yards Gained Rushing 

191 

461 

   Yards Lost Rushing 

42 

30 

NET YARDS PASSING 

53 

194 

   Completions-Attempts-Int 

6-21-1 

11-17-0 

   Average Per Attempt 

2.5 

11.4 

   Average Per Completion 

8.8 

17.6 

   Passing Touchdowns 

TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS 

202 

625 

   Total offense plays 

61 

58 

   Average Gain Per Play 

3.3 

10.8 

Fumbles: Number-Lost 

2-0 

2-1 

Penalties: Number-Yards 

5-30 

10-69 

PUNTS-YARDS 

8-302 

2-78 

   Average Yards Per Punt 

37.8 

39.0 

   Net Yards Per Punt 

30.4 

39.0 

   Inside 20 

   50+ Yards 

   Touchbacks 

   Fair catch 

KICKOFFS-YARDS 

2-119 

10-572 

   Average Yards Per Kickoff 

59.5 

57.2 

   Net Yards Per Kickoff 

28.5 

33.6 

   Touchbacks 

Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD 

0-0-0 

5-39-0 

   Average Per Return 

0.0 

7.8 

Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD 

10-236-0 

2-62-0 

   Average Per Return 

23.6 

31.0 

Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD 

0-0-0 

1-20-0 

Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD 

0-0-0 

0-0-0 

Miscellaneous Yards 

Possession Time 

33:52 

26:00 

   1st Quarter 

10:35 

4:25 

   2nd Quarter 

9:32 

5:28 

   3rd Quarter 

7:49 

7:03 

   4th Quarter 

5:56 

9:04 

Third-Down Conversions 

3 of 16 

5 of 9 

Fourth-Down Conversions 

0 of 2 

0 of 1 

Red-Zone Scores-Chances 

1-3 

5-6 

   Touchdowns 

0-3 

4-6 

   Field goals 

1-3 

1-6 

Sacks By: Number-Yards 

1-10 

4-23 

PAT Kicks 

0-0 

8-8 

Field Goals 

1-1 

1-1

 

 

BCU Thumps Morgan 49-23

Last Saturday’s 49-23 Homecoming thumping of Morgan State was a near perfect microcosm of The Fighting Wildcats 2011 football season. 

 Much like the first half of this season, the first 2 quarters of Saturday’s contest were filled with both explosive plays 174 yards of total offense and 2 defensive turnovers and untimely penalties 6 for 54 yards– for the Wildcats.  BCU looked vulnerable as a result and clung to a 14-10 halftime lead.

 The Wildcats seemed to sure up a few things in the halftime locker room and looked completely dominant and playoff worthy in the second half; outscoring MSU 35-13 in the process.

Isidore Jackson had another solid afternoon rushing for 94 yards (1 TD) on 20 carries and catching 2 passes for 22 yards. Senior fullback Johnathan Moment enjoyed his best statistical game of the season accounting for 106 yards of total offense (78 rushing; 28 receiving) and two touchdowns in the contest. 

Jackie Wilson

Sophomore quarterback Jackie Wilson continues to play well.  Wilson completed 67 percent of his passes (10/15 for 186) and rushed for 74 yards and 3 touchdowns on the afternoon.  “The game is starting to slow down to me,” Wilson said after the contest. 

 Although Wilson’s insertion into the starting lineup has seemed to stabilize the Wildcat offense, Coach Brian Jenkins states that there will continue to be an open competition for the starting quarterback spot.  Jenkins went on to state that David Blackwell almost received the starting nod this week instead of Wilson.

 The Wildcat starting defense held the Morgan State offense to 173 yards of total offense and 10 points through 3 quarters.  Senior linebacker Ryan Lewis led the way with 7 tackles including 1.5 tackles for loss.  The Bear offense accumulated 137 yards of offense and 13 points in the final quarter mostly against BCU’s second and third teamers.  Even still, Coach Jenkins was none-too-happy about how his defense finished the contest; and he was particularly upset about yielding a 44-yard touchdown run to Travis Davidson with 58 seconds remaining in the contest.  “No matter the score, I want my guys to execute.”  “We had one guy out of position and a few others who didn’t make the play that was to be made” Jenkins stated.  Davidson finished the afternoon with 133 yards rushing on 17 carries for the Bears.

Bethune hosts upstart Savannah State next Saturday in Daytona Beach at 4:00 p.m.

Florida Classic could see Millionth Fan

Bethune Band

Orlando, Florida (NOVEMBER 2, 2011) –  Game officials are preparing for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Classic between Florida A&M University and Bethune-Cookman University, and it is possible that a special milestone may be reached at this year’s edition the nation’s top HBCU Classic.

Should the game reach an attendance mark of 63,200, the one-millionth fan of the game since it came to Orlando in 1997 will walk through the gates of Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. Heading into this year’s 32nd overall edition of the game, 936,800 fans have attended the game in its 14 previous years in Orlando. Game officials expect to hit the 1,000,000 mark this year based on current ticket sales projections combined with an annual attendance average of nearly 67,000.

“Since 1997, FAMU, B-CU and the City of Orlando have truly built something special together,” said Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan. “The Classic weekend is one of the great rivalry experiences in college athletics and this year’s game could see fan number 1,000,000 walk through the gates — yet another milestone to celebrate in a series already rich in tradition.

”Should the 1,000,000th fan enter the gates, he/she will receive:· Two free Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Classic tickets in Orlando for life· Instant seat upgrade for two in the Uprights Club for this year’s game· A BCBS Florida Classic merchandise prize pack. 

The 2011 BCBSFL Classic – featuring the McDonald’s halftime show — takes place on Saturday, November 19 at 2:30 p.m. Fans interested in purchasing tickets should go to Ticketmaster.com and for game information, log on to www.FloridaClassic.org.