NORFOLK, Va. – North Carolina Central quarterback Malcolm Bell was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Offensive Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. Teammate C.J. Moore was named Defensive Player of the Week.
Darius Leonard of South Carolina State was named Rookie of the Week, whileNCCU’s Clevonne Davis garnered Offensive Lineman of the Week honors. Florida A&M’s Chase Varnadore was named the Special Teams Player of the Week.
Bell (QB, 6-1, 190, r-So., Richmond, Va.) completed 20 of 30 passes for 245 yards with three touchdowns in the Eagles 27-22 win over Howard. He amassed 311 yards of total offense, including 66 yards rushing on 12 carries (5.5 ypc).
Moore (SS, 6-2, 200, Sr., Raleigh, N.C.) recorded nine tackles, seven solo, including two for a loss of four yards in the Eagles defeat against Howard. He forced a fumble that resulted in a touchdown on the ensuing drive and picked off a pass and returned it 34 yards to help the Eagles record their first conference game of the season.
Leonard (LB, 6-3, 210, r-Fr., Lake View, S.C.) collected a game-high 13 tackles, eight solo, in the Bulldogs 13-0 win over North Carolina A&T. He also forced a fumble and aided the team that limited the Aggie offense to just 43-yards rushing.
Davis (RG, 6-2, 305, Jr., Miramar, Fla.) graded out at 98-percent of his assignments as he anchored the Eagles offensive line that accounted for 392 yards of total offense. He tallied five pancake blocks and didn’t give up any sacks and/or record a penalty in the team’s first conference victory of the season.
Varnadore (PK, 5-11, 170, Sr., Tallahassee, Fla.) nailed 3-of-3 field goals, including kicks of 47, 25 and a school-record 53-yarder, scoring all of the teams nine points against Morgan State. His 53-yard kick broke a school record set in 1975 by former NFL punter Greg Coleman (52 yards).
Courtesy: MEAC Sports