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Tarik Cohen, Javon Hargrave headline All-MEAC Team

Preseason awards can often be tricky, and are usually a waste, but it looks like the MEAC got it right this year. North Carolina A&T running back Tarik Cohen and South Carolina State defensive lineman Javon Hargrave were named the MEAC’s Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year on Monday.

Cohen rushed for 1,248 yards as a junior, reaching the 1,000 yard mark for the third consecutive year while leading A&T to a share of the MEAC title and a spot in the inaugural Celebration Bowl.

Hargrave had a monster year en route to his second MEAC Defensive Player of the Year award, racking up 13 sacks and 20 tackles for loss.

Bethune-Cookman’s Terry Simms picked up the MEAC Coach of The Year award, guiding BCU to a 9-2 record and a share of the conference title his first season as the program’s head coach.

North Carolina Central’s Dorrel McClain was named the Rookie of The Year. The Cary, NC running back rushed for 958 yards, second to Cohen.

A&T’s Brandon Parker was named Offensive Lineman of the Year, helping pave the way for Cohen’s record-breaking season and going all year without allowing a sack or committing a penalty.

Check out the rest of the All-MEAC team.

First Team
Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
QB Quentin Williams r-Sr. Bethune-Cookman Tampa, Fla.
RB Tarik Cohen Jr.. North Carolina A&T State Bunn, N.C.
RB Dorrel McClain r-Fr. North Carolina Central Cary, N.C.
WR Jawill Davis r-So. Bethune-Cookman Miami, Fla.
WR Twarn Mixon r-Jr. Hampton Charlotte, N.C.
TE Tammarrick Hemmingway r-Sr. South Carolina State Loris, S.C.
C Carl Jones r-Jr. North Carolina Central Nashville, Tenn.
OL Dariusz Bladek Sr. Bethune-Cookman Kissimmee, Fla.
OL Brandon Parker r-So. North Carolina A&T State Kannapolis, N.C.
OL Torian White Sr. Hampton Inglewood, Calif.
OL Javarius Leamon r-Jr. South Carolina State Woodruff, S.C.
         
DEFENSE
Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
DL Javon Hargrave Sr. South Carolina State Salisbury, N.C.
DL Miles Grooms Sr. Hampton Richmond, Va.
DL Gabriel Sherrod Jr. Delaware State Perryville, Md.
DL Marquis Ragland r-Jr. North Carolina A&T State Fayetteville, N.C.
LB Deon King Sr. Norfolk State Reston, Va.
LB Darius Leonard r-So. South Carolina State Lakeview, S.C.
LB Robert Way r-Sr. Bethune-Cookman Belle Glade, Fla.
DB Tony McRae Sr. North Carolina A&T State Laurinburg, N.C.
DB C.J. Moore Sr. North Carolina Central Raleigh, N.C.
DB Marquis Drayton r-Sr. Bethune-Cookman Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
DB D’Metrius Williams Sr. Norfolk State Virginia Beach, Va.
P Christian Kinney r-Jr.. Hampton Williamsburg, Va.
PK Nigel Macauley Fr. North Carolina Central Fayetteville, N.C.
RS Khris Gardin So. North Carolina A&T State Morganton, N.C.
Second Team
Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
QB David Watford Gr. Hampton Hampton, Va.
RB Anthony Jordan Gr. Bethune-Cookman Atlanta, Ga.
RB Jalen Simmons Sr. South Carolina State Charlotte, N.C.
WR Taquan West Sr. South Carolina State Lexington, S.C.
WR Denzel Keyes Jr. North Carolina A&T State Kinston, N.C.
TE* Nathan Scruggs r-Sr. North Carolina Central Jacksonville, Fla.
TE* Myles Williams r-Sr. Howard Perris, Calif.
TE* Ja-Quan Lumas r-So. Bethune-Cookman Orlando, Fla.
C Michael Young r-Jr. Hampton Atlanta, Ga.
OL Clevonne Davis Sr. North Carolina Central Miramar, Fla.
OL Desmond Cooper r-Jr. North Carolina Central Stafford, Va.
OL Mike Phillips Sr. Norfolk State Virginia Beach, Va.
OL Toree Boyd Jr. Howard Miami, Fla.
         
DEFENSE
Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
DL Angelo Keyes r-Jr. North Carolina A&T State Kinston, N.C.
DL Reggie Owens Sr. South Carolina State Statesboro, Ga.
DL Richard Mitchell Sr. North Carolina Central Southhaven, Miss.
DL James Settles r-Sr. South Carolina State McCormick, S.C.
LB Denzel Jones r-Sr. North Carolina A&T State Greensboro, N.C.
LB Donald Smith r-Sr. Bethune-Cookman Tampa, Fla.
LB Jordan Miles r-Jr. North Carolina Central Woodbridge, Va.
DB Chris Pauling Sr. South Carolina State High Point, N.C.
DB Ryan Smith r-Sr. North Carolina Central Upper Marlboro, Md.
DB Antonio Hamilton r-Sr. South Carolina State Johnston, S.C.
DB Travon Hunt Jr. Howard Lawndale, N.C.
P Jack Fleck Sr. Howard Indianapolis, Ind.
*PK Jack Fleck Sr. Howard Indianapolis, Ind.
RS Ryan Smith r-Sr. North Carolina Central Upper Marlboro, Md.
Third Team
Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
QB Malcolm Bell r-Jr. North Carolina Central Richmond, Va.
RB Michael Jones Jr. Bethune-Cookman Sarasota, Fla.
RB Christopher Dukes r-Sr. Hampton Mobile, Ala.
WR Isaac White Sr. Norfolk State Portsmouth, Va.
WR Montavious Williams r-Jr. Florida A&M Tallahassee, Fla.
TE N/A      
C Dominique Woods Jr. Morgan State Skyline, Texas
OL Zachary Giles r-Sr. North Carolina Central Durham, N.C.
OL Cooper Clarkin Fr. Morgan State Middleton, Conn.
OL Sean Fogarty Fr. Savannah State Savannah, Ga.
OL Devon Stainrod Sr. Savannah State Baltimore, Md.
         
DEFENSE
Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
DL Chris Lee So. Norfolk State Woodbridge, Va.
DL Michael Neal Sr. North Carolina A&T State Greensboro, N.C.
DL Charles Owens r-Sr. Hampton Upper Marlboro, Md.
DL Damon Gresham-Chisolm Sr. Howard Covington, Ga.
LB Joshua Thorne Sr. Hampton Oxon Hill, Md.
LB Malik Harris So. Delaware State Washington, D.C.
*LB Akil Blount Sr. Florida A&M Pittsburgh, Pa.
*LB Dayshawn Taylor r-So. South Carolina State Lincolnton, Ga.
DB Marquis Boyan Sr. North Carolina A&T State Columbia, S.C.
DB Peterson Janvier Sr. Morgan State Immokalee, Fla.
DB Craig Johnson Jr. Howard Brooklyn, N.Y.
DB Dalonte Hall Sr. Morgan State Fort Washington, Md.
P Jonathan Cagle Jr. Bethune-Cookman Pensacola, Fla.
PK Tyler Scandrett So. South Carolina State Barnesville, Ga.
RS Darius Banks So. Hampton Newport News, Va.
*Indicates Tie

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