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 linebacker Reggie Hunter was named Defensive Player of the Week.

Florida A&M’s Ryan Stanley earned Rookie of the Week honors, while North Carolina A&T State’s Wes Cole received Offensive Lineman of the Week honors.Teammate Cody Jones was selected as the Specialist of the Week.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Tarik Cohen
North Carolina A&T State
RB
5-6, 179, Sr.
Bunn, N.C.

Cohen notched 5,000 career rushing yards in the 34-7 victory at Howard. He rushed for 133 yards on 20 carries, with one touchdown, and had two receptions for 54 yards and one touchdown. He became the 10th player in FCS history to record four consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, second in MEAC history. Cohen has earned the honor five times this season and four consecutive weeks.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Reggie Hunter
North Carolina Central
LB
6-0, 225, R-Jr.
Henderson, N.C.

Hunter recorded eight tackles (four solo), including one tackle for a loss of two yards, in the 21-17 win at Morgan State. He also intercepted two passes in the game. His second interception, with less than 30 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, ended Morgan State’s potential scoring drive and sealed the win for NCCU.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Ryan Stanley
Florida A&M
QB
6-3, 190, R-Fr.
Pembroke Pines, Fla.

Stanley scored two of the Rattlers’ four touchdowns in their 31-14 win versus Hampton. He completed 18-of-31 passes (58.1 percent) for 212 yards. This was his fourth consecutive start without a turnover and second consecutive rookie of the week honor.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK

Wes Cole
North Carolina A&T State
RT
6-6, 335, Sr.
Stanley, N.C.

Cole earned a 91-percent grade on his blocking assignments, with five pancake blocks, no penalties and no sacks allowed, as N.C. A&T State finished with 429 yards of offense. He also helped in pass protection as the Aggies completed 14-of-20 passes, with three touchdowns, in the win at Howard.

SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK

Cody Jones
North Carolina A&T State
5-11, 141, Sr.
Gastonia, N.C.

Jones scored 10 points for the Aggies, as he finished 2-for-2 on field goals and 4-for-4 on extra points in the 34-7 win at Howard. He also had five touchbacks on kickoffs.

Other Top Performers

Ayodeji Agbelese (DE/MSU) recorded a career-high 11 tackles, including three tackles for a loss and two sacks, against North Carolina Central.

Larry Brihm, Jr. (QB/B-CU) passed for 138 yards and one touchdown to help lead Bethune-Cookman to its first MEAC win of the season.

Nigel Chavis (DE/NSU) notched a game- and career-high 12 tackles against Bethune-Cookman.

Bishop Ford (RB/SCSU) recorded his second 100-yard rushing game this season in the win against Delaware State.

Eric Harrell (RB/MSU) rushed for a game-high 121 yards on 21 carries, with one touchdown, against North Carolina Central.

Darius Leonard (LB/SCSU) posted a team-high 11 tackles, with 2.5 tackles for a loss, in the 30-3 win over Delaware State.

Dazzie Morris (OL/B-CU) earned a 92-percent blocking grade, with one pancake block, in the win over Norfolk State.

Elijah Price (DE/FAMU) tallied three solo tackles in the win over Hampton.

Naiil Ramadan (QB/NCCU) threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to seal the 21-17 win over Morgan State.

Tyler Scandrett (K/SCSU) kicked a career-long 46-yard field goal in the victory over Delaware State.

Robbie Stephenson (OL/SCSU) earned a 96-percent blocking grade, with three pancake blocks, in the win over Delaware State.

Jeremy Taylor (LB/NCAT) notched seven solo tackles in the win over Howard.

Kevin Thompson (DL/B-CU) registered a career-high three tackles for a loss in the win over Norfolk State.

Akevious Williams (QB/B-CU) came off the bench to score one rushing touchdown in the 21-14 win over Norfolk State.



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