Bethune-Cookman wide receiver Jimmie Robinson was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Offensive Player of the Week, the conference announced today. Howard defensive back Tye Freeland and Delaware State defensive back Jahad Neibauer shared Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors while Florida A&M’s Xavier Smith was named Rookie of the Week. North Carolina A&T State’s Malik Wilson was tabbed Specialist of the Week while North Carolina A&T State’s Micah Shaw earned Offensive Lineman of the Week honors.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
5-8 | 165 | Sr.
Palm Coast, Fla.
Robinson accounted for majority of Bethune-Cookman’s offense in its road win over Morgan State. He gained 208 yards off 11 attempts, while scoring three touchdowns in the contest. Robinson had touchdowns runs of 65, 61 and 60 yards as he averaged 18.9 yards per carry.
CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
5-11 | 175 | So.
Freeland recorded nine total tackles (eight solo) with an interception in the win over Florida A&M. His interception put an end to a potential FAMU scoring drive as it occurred at the six-yard line.
5-10 | 185 | Jr.
Neibauer finished with five tackles, a sack and an interception as the Hornets won their second straight game. His sack in the end zone led to a Hornet safety late in the third quarter.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
5-10 | 165 | Fr.
Haines City, Fla.
Smith had a total of six catches for 94 yards and a touchdown in the contest at Howard. He also rushed two times for 14 yards and accumulated 63 total yards off three kick returns. He finished with 171 all-purpose yards on the afternoon.
SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK
North Carolina A&T State
5-11 | 166 | R-Sr.
The STATS FCS National Player of the Week, Wilson had his third kickoff return for a touchdown this season – a 99-yarder – in the Aggies’ 37-20 win over Norfolk State. His score answered Norfolk State after it pulled within 21-20 late in the third quarter. Wilson also has 98- and 100-yarders in tying the Aggies’ record for the most kickoff return touchdowns in a season.
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK
North Carolina A&T State
6-1 | 264 | Sr.
Shaw led the way for an Aggie offense which finished with 436 yards of offense, including 310 yards on the ground versus Norfolk State. He blocked for a pair of running backs which both went over the century mark while grading out at 91 percent overall, 100 percent on pass protection and three pancake blocks.
Chuma Awanna (WR/Norfolk State)
Awanna accumulated a career-high 95 receiving yards on five catches, while scoring one touchdown at North Carolina A&T State.
L’Dre Barnes (C/Bethune-Cookman)
Barnes served as center for all 57 plays for the Wildcats and graded out at 90 percent on the contest at Morgan State. He was a force which allowed his offense to accumulate 340 yards of offense, while having one pancake block.
Marquell Cartwright (RB/North Carolina A&T State)
Cartwright rushed for a career-high 183 yards on 21 carries while scoring two touchdowns in the win over Norfolk State.
Kawaun Cox (DL/North Carolina Central)
Cox had a total of five tackles (four solo), while registering 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks in the win over Edward Waters.
Javaunie Francis (P/K/Bethune-Cookman)
Francis punted 10 times on the day, averaging 41.6 yards per kick while also kicking off four times to accumulate 239 yards, with an average of 59.8 yards per kick.
DJ Golatt, Jr. (QB/Morgan State)
Golatt had the best output by a Bear passer this season in the contest against Bethune Cookman. He completed 19-of-39 attempts, accumulating 257 yards, while tossing three touchdowns.
Adam Lippy (PK/North Carolina Central)
Lippy accounted for nine points with a field goal of 28 yards, while having six extra-point kicks.
Jose Romo-Martinez (P/PK/Delaware State)
Romo-Martinez was 100 percent on field goal attempts (3-for-3), also while averaging 42 yards on two punts, and two touchbacks on kickoffs.
Ian McBorrough (LB/Morgan State)
McBorrough finished with a game-high 11 tackles (eight solo), along with one sack and one tackle for loss. He led the Bears’ defense as Bethune-Cookman finished with only 26 passing yards.
Amir McNeil (DB/ North Carolina A&T State)
McNeil accumulated four solo tackles in the contest against Norfolk State.
Somadina Okezie-Okeke (OL/North Carolina Central)
Okezie-Okeke graded out at 88 percent in the contest versus Edward Waters. He helped account for NCCU’s 559 yards of offense, while allowing no sacks and having four pancake blocks.
Dedrick Parson (RB/Howard)
Parson recorded a new career high with 149 yards on 26 carries while scoring one touchdown in the win over Florida A&M.
Tydarius Peters (DB/Bethune-Cookman)
Peters had four crucial solo tackles in the win over Morgan State. He also broke up a pair of passes and blocked one kick in the contest.
Mashion Powell (RB/North Carolina Central)
Powell came off the bench to rush for 101 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. He averaged 8.4 yards per run, having one long rush for 21 yards.
Marcus Taylor (PR/Norfolk State)
Taylor returned a 69-yard punt for a touchdown in the first quarter, while also returning three kickoffs for a total of 69 yards. He finished the game with 138 return yards and 180 all-purpose yards.
Isaiah Totten (RB/North Carolina Central)
Totten gained 133 yards off 11 attempts while scoring two touchdowns in the win over Edward Waters, including a 56-yard run into the end zone.
Antoine Wilder (LB/North Carolina A&T State)
Wilder had a total of seven tackles (five solo), while also having a pair of tackle for losses in the win at Norfolk State.
Walter Yates (LB/Savannah State)
Yates had a game-high 13 tackles, 10 in which were solo, while also having two tackles for loss at Delaware State.