NORFOLK, Va. – Howard quarterback Greg McGee was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while Norfolk State linebacker Lynden Trail was awarded preseason Defensive Player of the Year honors by the MEAC head football coaches and sports information directors.

McGee, the defending Co-Player of the Year, led the MEAC in total offense last season accumulating 272.9 yards.  He ranked second in the MEAC in passing yards with 198.2.  McGee completed 59 percent of his passes last season (228-385) while compiling a 16 to 12 touchdown to interception ratio in 12 games. A true dual threat McGee ran for 896 yards, third best in the conference, with three rushing touchdowns.


McGee, was also highly ranked nationally during his junior campaign; his total offensive yardage ranked him 19th in the country, while his 19 completions per game ranked him 31st in the NCAA. Last year he earned Player of the Week honors twice.

Senior Lynden Trail recorded 94 tackles last season on a Spartan defense that ranked fourth in scoring defense and fifth in overall defense in the conference.

A great pass rusher, Trail recorded the second most sacks for the Spartans (8.5), fifth best in the MEAC.  He also registered 12.5 tackles for a loss.  He intercepted two passes, posted eight pass breaks, and blocked two field goal attempts during the 2013 season.  To his credit, Trail also forced five fumbles and recovered two of them.  He finished tied at the number one position in the nation with 0.42 forced fumbles per game.

In January, Trail was named Black College All-American by SBN Sports. Additionally, Trail was awarded first-team Division I FCS All-American and was a first-team All-MEAC performer last season.

Listed below are the 2014 MEAC Preseason Predicted Order of Finish and Preseason All-MEAC teams:

2014 Predicted Order of Finish

(First Place Votes in Parenthesis)

School                                                                         Points

1.      Bethune-Cookman                                          487

2.      South Carolina State                                      457

3.      North Carolina A&T                                       338

4.      Howard                                                              309

5.      Delaware State                                               229

6.      Norfolk State                                                  225

7.     Hampton                                                          200

8.     North Carolina Central                               187

9.    Morgan State                                                   148

   ** Florida A&M and Savannah State are not eligible for post season competition therefore is not listed on the above prediction order

2014 Football All-Conference Preseason Teams

Offensive Player of the Year: Greg McGhee, Howard
Defensive Player of the Year: Lynden Trail, Norfolk State

Name School Hometown
QB Greg McGhee Howard Pittsburgh, Pa.
RB Tarik Cohen N.C. A&T Bunn, N.C.
RB Anthony Philyaw Howard Los Angeles, Ca.
WR Milton Williams III Delaware State Washington, D.C.
WR Desmond Lawrence N.C. A&T Durham, N.C.
TE Kris Drummond Savannah  State Washington D.C.
C Andrew Edouard Bethune-Cookman Philadelphia, Pa.
OL Domanic Wilson r-Sr. S.C. State Lake City, S.C.
OL Willie Robinson r-Sr. N.C A&T Clinton. Md.
OL Darren Pinnock Morgan State Miami, Fla
OL Devin Flowers r-Sr. S.C. State Charlotte, N.C.
OL Toree Boyd Howard Miami, Fla.
DEFENSE        
Name School Hometown
DL LeBrandon Richardson Bethune-Cookman Miami, Fla.
DL Miles Grooms Hampton Richmond, Va
DL Alex Glover S.C. State Charlotte, N.C.
DL Andrew Carter S.C. State Hamlet, N.C.
LB Lynden Trail r-Sr. Norfolk State Miami, Fla.
LB D’Vonte Grant North Carolina A&T Charlotte, N.C.
LB Tavarus Dantzler Bethune-Cookman Homestead, Fla.
DB Darrin Marrow r-Sr. Norfolk State Virginia Beach, Va.
DB Cameron Alston r-Sr. Howard North Augusta, S.C.
DB Mike Jones N.C. Central Baltimore,Md.
DB Marquis Drayton Bethune-Cookman Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
P Lawrence Forbes r-So. Morgan State Upper Marlboro, Md.
PK Anthony Prevost r-So. Hampton Chesterfield, Va.
RS Adrian Wilkins r-Jr. N.C. Central Forest City, N.C.

 

Second Team        
OFFENSE        
Name School Hometown
QB Quentin Williams r-Sr. Bethune-Cookman Tampa, Fla.
RB Lamont Brown III r-So. Morgan State Suffolk, Va.
RB Justin Taylor r- Jr. S.C. State Atlanta, Ga.
WR Joseph Cervalo r-Sr. Delaware State Venice
WR Thomas Martin r-So. Morgan State Naples, Fla.
TE* James Lynch r-Jr. Norfolk State Darby, Pa.
TE* Temarrick Hemingway r-Jr. S.C. State Loris, SC
C Ronald Canty r-Sr. N.C. A&T Chester, S.C.
OL John Smith r-Jr. Howard Atlanta. Ga.
OL Jerron Searles Delaware State Atlantic City, N.J.
OL Keonte Cash Florida A&M Miami, Fla.
OL Justin Myler r-Sr. Norfolk State Woodbridge, Va.
OL  Chris Pressley  N.C. Central Upper Marlboro, Md.
 

DEFENSE

       
Name School Hometown
DL Rodney Gunter Delaware State Lake Hamilton, Fla.
DL Damon Gresham-Chisolm Howard Covington, GA
DL Ronnie Barrow Bethune-Cookman  
DL

DL

Demarco Bisbee

Javon Hargrave

r-Jr. Morgan State

S.C. State

Lansing, Mich.

Salisbury, NC

LB Joshua Thorne Hampton Oxon Hill, Md.
LB Cody Acker Morgan State Landover, Md.
LB Marquis Smith Savannah State Prince Georges County, Md.
DB Khambrel McGee Hampton Miami, Fla.
DB Devonte Johnson Florida A&M Tallahassee, Fla.
DB Tony McRae N.C. A&T Laurinburg, N.C.
DB* Patrick Aiken r-So. Florida A&M Pembroke Pines, Fla.
DB* Keenan Lambert r-Sr. Norfolk State Norfolk, Va.
P Christian Faber-Kinney r-So. Hampton Williamsburg, Va.
PK Chase Varnadore Florida A&M Tallahassee, Fla.
RS Tony McRae N.C. A&T Laurinburg, N.C.
         
Third Team        
OFFENSE        
Name School Hometown
QB Damien Fleming Florida A&M Jacksonville, Fla.
RB Jorrian Washington r-Sr. Hampton Los Angeles, Ca.
RB Dae-Hon Cheung Delaware State Coatesville, Pa.
WR DennisRowe r-Sr. S.C. State Columbia, S.C.
WR Jhomo Gordon Bethune-Cookman Palm Bay, Fla.
TE

TE*

Nathan Scruggs

Nate Ingram

r-Jr.

Graduate

N.C. Central

Howard

Jacksonville, Fla.

Sicklerville, N.J.

C Erick Dickerson r-So. S.C. State Goose Creek, SC
OL Mike Phillips Norfolk State Virginia Beach, Va.
OL Clevonne Davis N.C. Central  Miramar, FL
OL Afolabi Ayangbayi Savannah State Union, NJ
OL Ryan Templeton Florida A&M Chicago, Ill
         
DEFENSE        
Name School Hometown
DL Michael Neal N.C. A&T Greensboro, N.C.
DL Daniel Pinnix N.C. A&T High Point, N.C.
DL Deon King Norfolk State Reston, Va
DL George Riddick Norfolk State Suffolk, Va.
         
LB Justin Hughes S.C. State Virginia Beach, Va.
LB Marcell Coke Norfolk State Orlando, Fla.
LB Justin Dixon Savannah State Duluth, Ga.
DB Ronald  Robinson Delaware State Jersey City, N.J.
DB Julien David Howard Coral Springs, FL
DB Ryan Smith r-So. N.C. Central Upper Marlboro, Md.
DB

DB

P

Greg Brown

DeShaun Summers

Domnic Frescura

Savannah State

Morgan State

N.C. A&T

Tucker, Ga.

Hampton, ­Va.

South Pasadena, CA

PK Cody Jones N.C. A&T Gastonia, N.C.

 

Courtesy: MEACSports.com

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