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HBCU Football Week One: Players And Trends Of The Week

Greg McGhee and Howard put up a surprisingly good performance against Eastern Michigan on Saturday. (AnnArbor.com photo)

Offensive Player Of The Week: Courtney Brown, Prairie View A&M

Brown gets the nod here for his versatility. The junior from Lake Charles touched the ball 19 times and finished with 183 yards in a 37-12 win over rival Texas Southern in the Labor Day Classic.

Jarkevis Fields lived up to his preseason MEAC Defensive Player of The Year Award on Saturday. (The Tennessean Photo)

Defensive Player Of The Week: Jarkevis Fields, Bethune-Cookman 

Fields was the best player on the field in arguably the most important contest of Week One. He finished with ten tackles and a sack as BCU slipped past Tennessee State in the John Merritt Classic.

Rookie Of The Week: Jamespaul Bryant, Prairie View

The Houston native made an immediate impact in his first game, recording eight tackles, one sack, one hurry and recovering a fumble in the Labor Day Classic.

Trending Up: Howard

The Bison finished second in the MEAC last year, but if you only started paying attention during the preseason, you wouldn’t know it. Without coach Garry Harrell and linebacker Keith Pough, the Bison were picked to finish sixth in the conference. Despite those lowered expectations, Howard held a double digit lead over FBS opponent Eastern Michigan before falling 34-24. This week Howard meets up with Morehouse in the annual Nation’s Football Classic.

North Carolina Central had no answer for Duke on Saturday. (Indy Weekly photo) 

Trending Down: North Carolina Central

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for a team that once looked like one of the MEAC’s upper echelon teams. First, head coach Henry Frazier was arrested and fired in matter of days, less than two weeks prior to the season opener against Duke. Now no one expected NCCU to beat Duke, but most expected a better performance than the 45-0 blowout that took place at Wallace Wade Stadium. It was the team’s worst loss in the three matchups with the Blue Devils. The Eagles managed just 184 yards and nine first downs. A win against former CIAA foe St. Augustine’s is imperative as NCCU will face UNC-Charlotte and Towsend in consecutive weeks prior to starting MEAC play.

Video Of The Week: Howard gives Eastern Michigan a scare

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