MEAC Football Awards
NORFOLK, Va. – Bethune-Cookman quarterback Larry Brihm, Jr. and North Carolina A&T State quarterback Lamar Raynard were named Co-Offensive Players of the Week for their play on the field this past weekend. Hampton linebacker Steven Smith, Jr. and North Carolina A&T State safety Jeremy Taylor received Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors while Bethune-Cookman’s Chris Adams and North Carolina A&T State’s Brandon Parker were selected as the league’s Co-Offensive Linemen of the Week. Hampton’s Aulden Fieldsearned Rookie of the Week honors while North Carolina Central specialist Aedan Johnson was named MEAC Specialist of the Week.
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
5-11, 209, R-Sr.
DELRAY BEACH, FLA.
Brihm, Jr. completed a career-high 25 passes on 39 attempts for 354 yards as he led the Wildcats to a big road win over Southeastern Louisiana of the Southland Conference. He passed for two touchdowns and ran for another as the latter was the game-winner in the fourth quarter.
NORTH CAROLINA A&T STATE
6-4, 200, R-Jr.
HIGH POINT, N.C.
Raynard earned offensive honors for the second consecutive week as he passed for 262 yards and five touchdowns in the first half of Saturday’s win over Mars Hill. The High Point, N.C. native threw a pair of touchdowns over 50-plus yards and has passed for a MEAC-best eight touchdowns in 2017.
CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
STEVEN SMITH, Jr.
6-2, 228, R-Sr.
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA.
Smith matched his career high in tackles (11) with a career-high 3.5 tackles for loss in Hampton’s win over Delaware State. The Virginia Beach, Va. native also had 1.5 sacks and a quarterback hurry as he led a Hampton defense that only allowed one first down in the second half on Friday evening.
NORTH CAROLINA A&T STATE
5-11, 190, R-Sr.
Taylor had a full stat line as he led the Aggies with 10 tackles in a 56-0 win over Mars Hill. He also logged a half-tackle for loss, one forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and an interception in which he returned 32 yards.
SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK
NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL
5-8, 160, Jr.
CHULA VISTA, CALIF.
Johnson was responsible for 11 points in North Carolina Central’s 41-0 win over Shaw. He recorded field goals of 25 and 27 yards while finishing 5-for-5 on PATs.
CO-OFFENSIVE LINEMEN OF THE WEEK
6-4, 300, Sr.
In just his second-ever start at center for the Wildcats, Adams graded out at 93 percent on all assignments, failing to give up a sack from his position on the field. He was never penalized, and the Dayton, Ohio native was key in blocking for quarterback Larry Brihm, Jr. to pass for 354 yards and a career-high 25 completions. He also helped block for the Cats to rack up 128 yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns on the night.
NORTH CAROLINA A&T
6-7, 309, R-Sr.
Parker led the way for an offensive unit which nearly put up 500 yards of offense in the win over Mars Hill. The Aggies have outscored their opponents 101-3 as Parker has not allowed a sack or quarterback pressure this season.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
5-10, 162, R-Fr.
Knight had four receptions for 172 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Delaware State. Both touchdowns came in the second quarter as he caught a 78-yard pass and a 48-yarder.