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North Carolina A&T running back Mike Mayhew and Howard linebacker Keith Pough received top honors as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced its 2012 preseason football team at the annual Football Press Luncheon Banquet on Friday afternoon.  Mayhew was selected as the preseason Offensive Player of the Year and Pough was named the preseason Defensive Player of the Year. 

Last year’s conference champion, Norfolk State Spartans, were predicted to finish atop the conference standings in 2012.  South Carolina State was picked to finish second followed by Bethune-Cookman.

All preseason honors are voted on by the MEAC’s head football coaches and sports information directors.

Four Wildcat student athletes received preseason all conference First Team recognition (Isidore Jackson-RB, Terrence Hackney-OL, DJ Howard-DB, and Jarkevis Fields-LB) and three Wildcats received Second Team honors (Harold Love III-DL, Marquell Rozier-OL, and Eddie Poole-WR). 

2012 Predicted Order of Finish

(First Place Votes in Parenthesis)

1. Norfolk State (11)……….. 454 pts.
2. South Carolina State (4).. 432 pts.
3. Bethune-Cookman (3)…. 417 pts.
4. Florida A&M (2)……….. 354 pts.
5. Hampton (1)………………. 268 pts.
6. N.C. A&T…………………. 216 pts.
7. Morgan State……………… 198 pts.
8. Howard…………………….. 188 pts.
9. N.C. Central ……………… 116 pts.
10. Delaware State……………. 78 pts.
11. Savannah State (1)………. 73 pts.

 
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) – 2012 Football All-Conference Preseason Teams

Offensive Player of the Year: Mike Mayhew, North Carolina A&T                
Defensive Player of the Year: Keith Pough, Howard

2012 All-MEAC FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
QB Greg McGhee So. Howard Pittsburgh, Pa.
RB Mike Mayhew Sr. North Carolina A&T Charlotte,N.C.
RB Isidore Jackson Jr. Bethune-Cookman Mossy Head, Fla.
WR Xavier Boyce r-Sr. Norfolk State Virginia Beach, Va.
WR Travis Tarpley r-Sr. Delaware State Danville, Va.
TE Joseph Hawkins Sr. Norfolk State Chicago, Ill.
C Michael Kay r-Sr. Norfolk State Capital Heights, Md.
OL Steven Robinson r-Sr. Florida A&M Tallahassee, Fla.
OL Blake Matthews r-Sr. Norfolk State Manassas, Va.
OL Terrance Hackney Jr. Bethune-Cookman Chapel Hill, N.C.
OL Cory Gwinner r-Sr. Howard Ypsilanti, Mich.
         
DEFENSE        
Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
DL Tony Mashburn Sr. North Carolina A&T Tallahassee, Fla.
DL Padric Scott r-Sr. Florida A&M Tallahassee, Fla.
DL Richard Ndubueze Sr. Morgan State Washington DC
DL Matthew Davis Jr. Hampton Chesapeake, Va.
LB Keith Pough r-Sr. Howard Orangeburg, S.C.
LB Jarkevis Fields r-Jr. Bethune-Cookman Sanford, Fla.
LB D’Vonte Grant r-So. North Carolina A&T Charlotte, N.C.
DB John Ojo Sr. Florida A&M Tallahassee, Fla.
DB DeVontae Johnson So. Florida A&M Tallahassee, Fla.
DB Travis Crosby Jr. North Carolina A&T Charlotte, NC
DB D.J. Howard r-Jr. Bethune-Cookman Daytona Beach, Fla.
P Brandon Holdren Sr. Florida A&M Jacksonville, Fla.
PK Everett Goldberg Sr. Norfolk State Mesa Ridge, Col.
RS Geovonie Irvine r-Sr. North Carolina Central Durham, N.C.
         
         
Second Team        
OFFENSE        
Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
QB Damien Fleming So. Florida A&M Jacksonville, Fla.
RB Antwon Chisholm Jr. Hampton Belle Glade, Fla.
RB Travis Davidson Sr. Morgan State Redford, Mich.
WR Eddie Poole r-Sr. Bethune-Cookman Belle Glade, Fla.
WR Justin Wilson r-Sr. Delaware State Windsor, Conn.
TE Kris Drummond So. Savannah State Washington, DC
C Tristan Bellamy r-So. South Carolina State Jonston, S.C.
C Vincent Harper Jr. Hampton Belle Glade, Fla.
OL Sam Hammond r-Sr. South Carolina State Union, S.C.
OL Nathan Isles Jr. North Carolina A&T Atlanta, Ga.
OL Cameron Williams r-Jr. Norfolk State Burke, Va.
OL Marquell Rozier Jr. Bethune-Cookman St. Pauls, N.C.
         
DEFENSE        
Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
DL Xavier Proctor r-Sr. North Carolina Central Ellicott City, Md.
DL Leon Smith Sr. South Carolina State James Island, S.C.
DL Harold Love III Sr. Bethune-Cookman Portland, Oregon
DL Brandon Young r-Sr. North Carolina A&T Louisville, Ky.
LB Delbert Tyler Jr. Hampton Monroeville, Pa.
LB Joe Thomas r-Jr. South Carolina State Blackville, S.C.
LB Lyndell Gibson Sr. Hampton Virginia Beach, Va.
DB Justin Blake Sr. Hampton Piscataway, NJ
DB Kenneth Ridley Jr. Morgan State  
DB Darius Drummond Jr. South Carolina State Ashville, N.C
DB DeCarlos Knight r-Sr. Howard Nashville, Tenn.
P Jordan Stovall Jr. Hampton Elgin, S.C.
PK Taureab Durham Sr. Hampton Uniondale, N.Y.
RS Darius Drummond Jr. South Carolina State Ashville, S.C
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