Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Champion North Carolina Central University and runner-up North Carolina A&T State University dominated the 2016 All-MEAC Football Team with 30 student-athletes between both teams. The team is voted on by the MEAC’s head football coaches and sports information directors.

North Carolina A&T State’s Brandon Parker was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Offensive Lineman of the Year, for the second consecutive year, while teammate Elijah Bell earned Rookie of the Year honors. North Carolina Central’s Jerry Mack was selected as Coach of the Year.

Parker started all 12 games for the Aggies, at left tackle, this season. He paved the way for the MEAC’s top scoring offense (35.2 points/game), 12th nationally. North Carolina A&T State led the MEAC in rushing offense averaging 203.8 yards per game, with 27 rushing touchdowns. Parker led an offensive line that allowed the fewest sacks in the conference (13th nationally), while amassing 2,385 passing yards and 26 receiving touchdowns. The Aggies had seven games with 400-plus yards of total offense including three games of 500 yards or better. On the ground, the offensive line paved the way for six games with 200-plus rushing yards with a high of 313 yards.

As a freshman, Bell led the Aggies in total receiving yards (631) and ranked third in the MEAC in receiving yards per game (52.6). He earned MEAC Rookie of the Week honors after catching two touchdown passes in a win over South Carolina State. He had a pair of 100-yard receiving games this season and was the second freshman in school history to have a 100-yard receiving game when he had 101 yards in the game at Tulsa on Sept. 17. Bell finished the season with eight touchdowns, averaging 18 yards per reception.

Since arriving at North Carolina Central in 2014, all head coach Jerry Mack has done is win as the Eagles won the 2016 MEAC Football Championship outright after winning a share of the title in 2014 and 2015. A finalist for the Eddie Robinson FCS Coach of the Year Award, Mack led the Eagles to a national ranking for the first time in school history as an FCS member and has won 15 consecutive contests versus MEAC opponents. This past season, the Eagles finished third or higher in 16 of the MEAC’s 31 statistical categories while also fielding the top dual threat quarterback in the conference in Malcom Bell. The Eagles had the highest single game offensive output in the MEAC this past season along with the highest scoring output. Mack is the first NCCU head coach to win 24 contests in his first three seasons with one more contest scheduled as the Eagles will play in the 2nd annual Air Force Celebration Bowl on Dec. 17 in Atlanta, Ga.
In a partnership with the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame, the league’s Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year will be announced as part of the festivities surrounding the 59th NFF Annual Awards Dinner, Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

Listed below are the 2016 All-MEAC teams:

2016 MEAC Football All-Conference Teams
Offensive Lineman of the Year: Brandon Parker, North Carolina A&T State
Rookie of the Year: Elijah Bell, North Carolina A&T State
Coach of the Year: Jerry Mack, North Carolina Central

First-Team Offense

Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
QB        Malcolm Bell        r-Sr. North Carolina Central       Richmond, Va.
RB Tarik Cohen Sr. North Carolina A&T St. Bunn, N.C.
RB Anthony Philyaw Jr. Howard Los Angeles, Calif.
WR Rashawn Proctor        Sr. Hampton Hampton, Va.
WR LaVontis Smith Sr. North Carolina Central Maben, Miss.
TE Leroy Hill r-So.        North Carolina A&T St. Smithfield, N.C.
C Carl Jones r-Sr. North Carolina Central Nashville, Tenn.
OL Brandon Parker r-Jr. North Carolina A&T St. Kannapolis, N.C.
OL Wes Cole Sr. North Carolina A&T St. Norwood, N.C.
OL Tarrance Wells Sr. North Carolina Central Oxon Hill, Md.
OL Toree Boyd                       Sr. Howard                                 Miami, Fla.

First-Team Defense


Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
DL        Marquis Ragland        r-Sr.        North Carolina A&T St.      Fayetteville, N.C.
DL Angelo Keyes r-Sr. North Carolina A&T St.        Kinston, N.C.  
DL Marquis Smith Sr. Savannah St. District Heights, Md.
DL Frederick Henry-Ajudua           Sr. North Carolina Central Durham, N.C.
LB Darius Leonard r-Jr. South Carolina St. Lake View, S.C.
LB Dayshawn Taylor r-Jr. South Carolina St. Lincolnton, Ga.
LB Jeremy Taylor Jr. North Carolina A&T St.    Kinston, N.C.
DB Jacques Bryant So. Florida A&M Tallahassee, Fla.
DB Diquan Richardson Jr. Bethune-Cookman Alvin, S.C.
DB Phillip Henry r-Sr. South Carolina St. Manning, S.C.
DB Mike Jones r-Jr. North Carolina Central Baltimore, Md.
P John Barron Sr. Savannah St. Marietta, Ga.
PK Cameron Marouf Sr. Norfolk St. Woodbridge, Va.
RS Mike Jones r-Jr. North Carolina Central Baltimore, Md.

Second-Team Offense


Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
QB Lamar Raynard r-So. North Carolina A&T St. High Point, N.C.
RB Ramone Simpson r-So. North Carolina Central Wilmington, N.C.
RB Yahkee Johnson Jr. Hampton Richmond, Va.
WR Denzel Keyes Sr. North Carolina A&T St. Kinston, N.C.
WR       Elijah Bell Fr. North Carolina A&T St. Wheeling Park, W.Va.
TE Jack Willenbrock Gr. Hampton West Chester, Pa.
C Darriel Mack r-Jr. North Carolina A&T St. Cilo, S.C.
OL Javarius Leamon r-Sr. South Carolina St. Woodruff, S.C.
OL Jamaal Symmonett        r-Sr.        North Carolina Central        Nassau, Bahamas
OL Johnny Cruz Sr. Hampton Yorktown, Va.
OL Keonte Cash                     Sr. Florida A&M Miami, Fla.

Second-Team Defense


Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
DL Antonio Brown r-Jr. North Carolina Central Jacksonville, Fla.
DL Stefen Banks So. Savannah St. Columbus, Ohio
DL Elijah Price Jr. Florida A&M Jacksonville, Fla.
DL Jai Franklin Jr. Morgan St. Clinton, Md.
LB Reggie Hunter r-Jr. North Carolina Central Henderson, N.C.
LB LeGrande Harley r-Sr. North Carolina Central Durham, N.C.
LB Greg Gibson Sr. Morgan St. Houston, Texas
DB Sandy Chapman Sr. Norfolk St. Raleigh, N.C.
DB Jason Baxter r-Jr. South Carolina St. Manning, S.C.
DB Alden McClellon So. North Carolina Central Lake Butler, Fla.
DB Craig Johnson Sr. Howard Brooklyn, N.Y.
P Christian Faber-Kinney    Gr. Hampton Williamsburg, Va.
PK Brandon McLaren r-Sr.        North Carolina Central        Miami, Fla.
RS*        Khris Gardin Jr. North Carolina A&T St. Morganton, N.C.
RS* Frank Brown r-Jr. Bethune-Cookman Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Third-Team Offense


Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
QB Jaylian Williamson Gr. Hampton Chesapeake, Va.
RB Arshon Spaulding Sr. Savannah St. Brunswick, Ga.
RB* Jamaruz Thompkins        Sr. Bethune-Cookman Tampa, Fla.
RB* Mike Waters Fr. Delaware St. Philadelphia, Pa.
WR Brandon Norwood Jr. Florida A&M Atlanta, Ga.
WR*        Kyle Anthony Fr. Howard Miramar, Fla.
WR* Mason Rutherford Jr. Delaware St. San Bernadino, Calif.
TE Willie Gillus, III Sr. Morgan St. Suffolk, Va.
C Victor Ishmael, Jr. r-Jr.        South Carolina St. Miami, Fla.
OL Nick Leverett r-Fr. North Carolina Central        Concord, N.C.
OL Daquan Blake Jr. North Carolina A&T St. Leavenworth, Kan.
OL Robbie Stephenson Jr. South Carolina St. Fairburn, Ga.
OL Justin Evans r-Jr. South Carolina St. Florence, S.C.

Third-Team Defense


Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
DL Ja’Quan Smith r-Jr.         North Carolina Central        Miramar, Fla.
DL Chris Lee Jr. Norfolk St. Woodbridge, Va.
DL Curtis Alexander                 So. Florida A&M Quincy, Fla.
DL Kevin Thompson r-Jr. Bethune-Cookman Baltimore, Md.
LB Devin Vandyke Gr. Hampton Lorton, Va.
LB Mulik Simmons Jr. Savannah St. Savannah, Ga.
LB T.C. Livingston r-Jr. Norfolk St. Suffolk, Va.
DB Brandon Walker Sr. Norfolk St. Chester, Va.
DB Carl Garnes So. Morgan St. Columbus, N.J.
DB        Terry Jefferson r-Fr. Florida A&M Miami, Fla.
DB Brendan Cole r-Jr. Hampton Hampton, Va.
P Colby Blanton r-So. Florida A&M Jacksonville, Fla.

Courtesy: MEAC


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