NORFOLK, Va. – North Carolina A&T State running back Tarik Cohen was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year and Javon Hargrave of South Carolina State earned Defensive Player of the Year honors, as voted on by the MEAC’s head football coaches and sports information directors. Both student-athletes received the top honors just one year ago.

North Carolina Central’s Dorrel McClain earned Rookie of the Year honors and North Carolina A&T State’s Brandon Parker was selected as the Offensive Lineman of the Year.

First-year head coach Terry Sims of Bethune-Cookman was selected as the Coach of the Year.  Sims guided the Wildcats to a share of the MEAC title, including a 9-2 overall finish and 7-1 mark in conference play.  The Wildcats were victorious over local rival Florida A&M 35-14 in their final game of the season to secure their stake in the conference title.

The Wildcats led the MEAC in several statistical categories, including scoring offense (31.4 avg/g), total offense (445.0 avg/g), rushing offense (191.8 yds./g), pass offense (253.2 avg/g), and pass efficiency (164.1 effic.). They also hold top 10 positions in the FCS in passing yards per completion (6th), team passing efficiency (3rd).  B-CU entered the STATS FCS Top 25 poll in the final ranking of the season (25th) and have slowly climbed the FCS Coaches Poll with a 21st spot following the last game of the regular season.

Junior Tarik Cohen of North Carolina A&T State led the MEAC in rushing and recorded his third straight 1,000 yard season with 1,248 total yards to help the Aggies secure a share of the conference title.  He became the Aggies all-time leading rusher in less than three full seasons (3,736 yards) and accounted for his third-straight yearly conference honor having earned Rookie of the Year along with the top offensive honor in his first two seasons.

He ranks seventh in the nation in rushing yards per game (113.5 avg.) and rushing yards and 14th in rushing touchdowns (12.0).  He also leads the MEAC in all-purpose yards (130.73 avg.), 22nd in the nation.  Cohen was named third-team preseason All-American (STATS) and honored as a 2015 FCS FAB 50 by the College Sporting News.  He received two conference player of the week honors and was a finalist for the STATS Inc., Offensive Player of the Year.

South Carolina State’s Javon Hargrave adds his second consecutive Defensive Player of the Year honor after aiding the team to a 6-2 conference finish and 7-4 overall mark. He was selected as the Preseason All-MEAC Defensive Player of the Year and named to the FCS Stats Preseason All-American First-Team.

He earned national FCS player of the week honors (STATS Inc.), Boxtorow National Defensive Player of the Week, and Stats FCS National Defensive Player of the Week honors, He leads the MEAC in sacks (5th in FCS) and is second in tackles for loss (5th in FCS).  He recorded 59 total tackles (43 solo), 13 sacks, and 20 tackles.

As a freshman, North Carolina Central’s Dorrel McClain led his team in rushing (958 yards) and ranked second in the MEAC (87.1 avg.).  He also finished second in all-purpose yards in the MEAC averaging 108.0 yards per game.  He garnered the MEAC’s Rookie of the Week honor three times this season and was a finalist for the STATs Inc. Freshman of the Year honor.  As a freshman McClain averaged 5.6 yards per carry and eight touchdowns.  Also, he caught 13 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown.

North Carolina A&T State’s Brandon Parker started in every game this season for the Aggies. He paved the way for the second leading scoring offense (30.0 avg/g) and second top rushing offense (178.2 avg/g). He did not allow a single sack through 11 games and was not called for a penalty all season. He shouldered the offensive line that accounted for 3,902 total offensive yards including 1,960 yards on the ground. The sophomore added 4.32 pancakes per contest.

North Carolina Central finished with 13 student-athletes to be recognized to the three MEAC post-season teams.  South Carolina State finished with 12 with Bethune-Cookman and North Carolina A&T State with 10 apiece. B-CU and N.C. A&T State received the most first-team honors with five student-athletes each.

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – 2015 Football All-Conference Teams
Offensive Players of the Year: Tarik Cohen, North Carolina A&T State
Defensive Player of the Year: Javon Hargrave, South Carolina State
Offensive Lineman of the Year: Brandon Parker, North Carolina A&T State
Rookie of the Year: Dorrel McClain, North Carolina Central
Coach of the Year: Terry Sims, Bethune-Cookman


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.
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.
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.
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.
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.


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