Wildcats land 15 All-Conference Selections; predicted to finish second

Jawill Davis - 2016 1st Team All-MEAC

Jawill Davis – 2016 1st Team All-MEAC

Norfolk, VA.– Bethune-Cookman landed Fifteen (15) student athletes on the MEAC’s

Preseason All-Conference team and were predicted to finish second at the league’s Annual Press Luncheon earlier this week.

Seven Wildcats were named to the conference’s first team including: Michael Jones (RB; Sr) Jawill Davis (WR; r-Jr), Ja-Quan Lumas (TE; r-Jr), Trevin Huff (OL; r-Sr); Kevin Thompson (DL; Jr), Diquan Richardson (DB, Jr),and  Jonathan Cagle (P, Sr).

North Carolina A&T star running back Tarik Cohen was named the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and South Carolina State linebacker Darius Leonard was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year.

BCU, who has won at least a share of the league crown in each of the past four seasons, received the 2nd most votes in the predicted order of finish.

The Wildcats shared the 2015 MEAC crown with North Carolina A&T (NCA&T) and North Carolina Central (NCCU). The same three squads landed the top three positions in this year’s preseason predictions with NCA&T leading the way with 13 first place votes.


Rank School Points
1. North Carolina A&T State (13) 489
2. Bethune-Cookman (3) 447
3. North Carolina Central (4) 388
4. South Carolina State 351
5. Hampton (1) 265
6. Norfolk State 239
7. Morgan State 192
8. Florida A&M 164
9. Delaware State (1) 121
10. Howard 90
11. Savannah State 48


2016 MEAC Football All-Conference Preseason Teams

First Team Offense First Team Defense Second Team Offense Second Team Defense Third Team Offense Third Team Defense Offensive Player of the Year: Tarik Cohen, North Carolina A&T State Defensive Player of the Year: Darius Leonard, South Carolina State

First-Team Offense

Pos. Name Cl. School         Hometown
QB Malcolm Bell r-Sr. North Carolina Central Richmond, Va.
RB Tarik Cohen Sr. North Carolina A&T State Bunn, N.C.
RB Michael Jones Sr. Bethune-Cookman Sarasota, Fla.
WR Twarn Mixson r-Sr. Hampton Charlotte, N.C.
WR Jawill Davis r-Jr. Bethune-Cookman Miami, Fla.
TE Ja-Quan Lumas r-Jr. Bethune-Cookman Orlando, Fla.
C Carl Jones r-Sr. North Carolina Central Nashville, Tenn.
OL Brandon Parker r-Jr. North Carolina A&T State Kannapolis, N.C.
OL* Javarius Leamon r-Sr. South Carolina State Woodruff, S.C.
OL* Trevin Huff r-Sr. Bethune-Cookman Tallahassee, Fla.
OL Desmond Cooper r-Sr. North Carolina Central Stafford, Va.

First-Team Defense

Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
DL Marquis Ragland r-Sr. North Carolina A&T State Fayetteville, N.C.
DL Angelo Keyes r-Sr. North Carolina A&T State Kinston, N.C.
DL Curtis Alexander Sr. Florida A&M Quincy, Fla.
DL Kevin Thompson Jr. Bethune-Cookman Baltimore, Md.
LB Darius Leonard r-Jr. South Carolina State Lake View, S.C.
LB Dayshawn Taylor r-Jr. South Carolina State Lincolnton, Ga.
LB Jeremy Miles (Thompson) r-Sr. North Carolina Central Durham, N.C.
DB Jacques Bryant Sr. Florida A&M Tallahassee, Fla.
DB Diquan Richardson Jr. Bethune-Cookman Alvin, S.C.
DB Phillip Henry r-Sr. South Carolina State Manning, S.C.
DB Delonta Hall r-Sr. Morgan State Fort Washington, Md.
PK Cody Jones Sr. North Carolina A&T State Gastonia, N.C.
P* Jonathan Cagle Sr. Bethune-Cookman Pensacola, Fla.
P* Christian Faber-Kinney r-Sr. Hampton Williamsburg, Va.
RS Khris Gardin Jr. North Carolina A&T State Morganton, N.C.

Second-Team Offense

Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
QB Greg Hankerson Sr. Norfolk State Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.
RB Dorrel McClain r-So. North Carolina Central Cary, N.C.
RB Orlando Johnson Sr. Morgan State Memphis, Tenn.
WR Denzel Keyes Sr. North Carolina A&T State Kinston, N.C.
WR Montavious Williams r-So. Florida A&M Tallahassee, Fla.
TE Justin Chaney Jr. Howard Hammond, La.
C Phillip Norman r-Jr. Bethune-Cookman Sebastian, Fla.
OL Toree Boyd Sr. Howard Miami, Fla.
OL Marcus Pettiford So. North Carolina A&T State Durham, N.C.
OL* Tarrance Wells Sr. North Carolina Central Oxon Hill, Md.
OL* Keonte Cash So. Florida A&M Miami, Fla.

Second-Team Defense

Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
DL Antonio Brown r-Jr. North Carolina Central Jacksonville, Fla.
DL Gregtavious Newell r-Jr. South Carolina State Columbia, S.C.
DL Chris Lee Jr. Norfolk State Woodbridge, Va.
DL* Todney Evans r-So. Bethune-Cookman Delray Beach, Fla.
DL* DeMarcus Womack Sr. Bethune-Cookman Orlando, Fla.
LB* Jalen Day r-Sr. Howard Winston Salem, N.C.
LB* Marcus Albert r-Jr. North Carolina A&T State College Park, Ga.
LB Malik Harris Jr. Delaware State Washington, D.C.
DB* William Burton Sr. Delaware State Washington Township, N.J.
DB* Zerius Lockhart r-Jr. North Carolina A&T State Auburn, Ala.
DB Craig Johnson Sr. Howard Brooklyn, N.Y.
DB* Davanta Reynolds r-So. North Carolina Central Tucker, Ga.
DB* Sandy Chapman Sr. Norfolk State Raleigh, N.C.
PK Cameron Marouf Sr. Norfolk State Woodbridge, Va.
P* Jerome Pettiway Jr. South Carolina State York, S.C.
P* Colby Blanton r-So. Florida A&M Jacksonville, Fla.
RS LaVontis Smith Sr. North Carolina Central Maben, Miss.

Third-Team Offense

Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
QB Larry Brihm, Jr. r-Jr. Bethune-Cookman Delray Beach, Fla.
RB Dondre Brown Jr. South Carolina State Varnville, S.C.
RB* Gerard Johnson Sr. Norfolk State Richmond, Va.
RB* Dwayne Garrett r-Sr. Hampton Phoenix, Ariz.
WR Frank Brown r-Jr. Bethune-Cookman Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
WR Aris Scott Sr. Delaware State Harrisburg, Pa.
TE Willie Gillus r-Jr. Morgan State Suffolk, Va.
C Darriel Mack r-Jr. North Carolina A&T State Cilo, S.C.
OL Donovan Johnson Sr. Hampton Clifton, Md.
OL Joshua Miles Jr. Morgan State Baltimore, Md.
OL Ryan Gould Jr. Hampton Clemmons, S.C.
OL Chuka Ezeuzoh So. Delaware State Wilmington, Del.

 Third-Team Defense

Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
DL Malik Hampton-Prioleau Sr. North Carolina A&T State Bossier City, La.
DL Jai Franklin Jr. Morgan State Clinton, Md.
DL* Walter Brantley So. Norfolk State Hampton, Va.
DL* Ja’Quan Smith r-Jr. North Carolina Central Miramar, Fla.
LB Marquis Smith Sr. Savannah State Prince Georges County, Md.
LB* Rashawn Barrett Sr. Delaware State Montclair, N.J.
LB* Trenton Bridges r-So. Bethune-Cookman Deland, Fla.
DB Tard McCoy r-Jr. North Carolina A&T State Delray Beach, Fla.
DB Myles Morris r-Sr. Hampton Greensboro, N.C.
DB Arthur Williams Jr. Bethune-Cookman Sebring, Fla.
DB Devondre Powell Jr. South Carolina State Miami, Fla.
PK* Uriel Hernandez So. Bethune-Cookman Homestead, Fla.
PK* Tyler Scandrett Jr. South Carolina State Barnesville, Ga.
P John Barron Sr. Savannah State Marietta, Ga.
RS Marcus Taylor So. Norfolk State Highland Springs, Va.

 *denotes tie


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