NORFOLK, Va. – North Carolina A&T State running back Tarik Cohen was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Offensive Player of the Week, the conference announced today. North Carolina Central safety C.J. Moore was named Defensive Player of the Week.
N.C. Central’s Dorrell McClain earned Rookie of the Week honors while teammate Carl Jones was named Offensive Lineman of the Week. North Carolina A&T State’s Khris Gardin was named Special Teams Players of the Week.
Cohen (RB, 5-6, 173, Jr., Bunn, N.C.) scored 3 TDs as he rushed for 107 yards on 22 carries in the Aggies 45-31 win over Hampton. Also, he caught two passes for 15 yards to help the Aggies record their first conference victory of the season.
Moore (SS, 6-2, 200, r-Sr., Raleigh, N.C.) amassed a team-high 11 tackles, nine solo, including 2.0 hits for a loss of five yards. Also, he accounted for two interceptions in the Eagles’ two-point loss to Bethune-Cookman.
McClain (RB, 5-10, 190, r-Fr., Cary, N.C.) rushed for 144 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries against Bethune-Cookman. Also, he returned three kickoffs for 59 yards to finish the contest with 203 all-purpose yards.
Jones (C, 6-2, 285, r-Jr., Nashville, Tenn.) graded out at 95-percent of his assignments with eight pancake blocks that paved the way for 502 yards of total offense, including 324 yards-rushing, against Bethune-Cookman. The ground yardage was the best rushing output in 11 years for N.C. Central.
Garden (PR, 5-8, 157, So., Morganton, N.C.) returned four punts for 203 yards (50.8 avg) including a 71-yarder for a touchdown. He finished the game with returns of 42, 45, 45, and 71 yards out falling one-punt short of competing for the NCAA’s single-game punt return average.
Other Top Performers
Kyle Archie (NSU) notched career highs in total tackles (10) and tackles for loss (3.5) in a 15-12 win over Howard.
John Fleck (HOW) averaged 40.1 yards, on seven punts, including a 65-yarder, and nailed a 40-yard field goal against Norfolk State.
Sean Fogarty (SSU) received a grade of 90-percent with three pancake blocks as the Tigers amassed 300 total offensive yards against Florida A&M.
Greg Hankerson (NSU) completed 24-of-36 passes for 294 yards, with two touchdowns, in a win against Howard.
Malik Harris (DSU) collected 12 tackles, nine solo, with four for a loss of six yards, including one breakup and one recovered fumble against Morgan State.
Trevin Huff (B-CU) shouldered the Wildcats’ offensive line and graded out at 91-percent of his assignments, with one pancake block, against N.C. Central.
Craig Johnson (HOW) recorded eight tackles, six solo, with 5.0 for a loss of 51 yards and 2.0 sacks.
Darius Johnson (MSU) posted his first career interception in the Bears’ win over Delaware State.
Orlando Johnson (MSU) carried the ball a career-high 21 times en route to a game- and career-high 124 yards and one TD run against Delaware State.
Elliott Miller (B-CU) recorded the game-winning field goal block against North Carolina Central to preserve the Wildcats’ road win.
Chris Moller (MSU) averaged 40.8 yards per punt, including a career-high 63-yarder, and 53.3 yards per kickoff. He also nailed a pair of field goals of 26 and 23-yards out.
Twarn Mixon (HAM) caught five passes for 136 yards with one touchdown and completed one pass for a 19-yard touchdown against North Carolina A&T State.
Donnell Pleasant (HOW) rushed for a game-high 87 yards on a career-best 29 carries and his first career touchdown against Norfolk State.
Arshon Spaulding (SSU) registered 91 yards on the 15 carries with one touchdown and connected on 8-of-12 passes for 83 yards to snap a 24-game losing skid against Florida A&M.
Donald Smith (B-CU) tallied a game-high 13 tackles, four solo, with two breakups against N.C. Central.
Marquis Smith (SSU) racked up 10 tackles, five solo, with two for a loss of 14 yards.
Damare Whitaker (MSU) collected seven tackles with one for a loss and one sack, including two breakups, against Delaware State.
John Wilson (SSU) finished with nine tackles, including three for a loss of six yards, and one breakup against Florida A&M.
Ker-Sean Wilson (SSU) finished with 130 yards of kickoff return yardage including an 88-yarder that was returned for a touchdown against Florida A&M.
Quentin Williams (B-CU) completed 13-of-18 passes (72-percent) for 248 yards with two touchdowns and rushed for 76 yards on 14 attempts in a 28-26 win over North Carolina Central.
Dominique Woods (MSU) graded at 91-percent with three pancake blocks in the Bear’s win over Delaware State.