Handing out MEAC player, coach awards

Bethune-Cookman won the MEAC championship with a 49-7 win over Savannah State on Saturday.

The Wildcats are clearly the best team in the conference, and now it’s time give out awards to the league’s best players and coach.

Offensive Player of the Year

Isidore Jackson, Bethune-Cookman running back

Jackson has a chance to go over 1,000 yards before the seasons ends. He has 160 carries for 917 yards, averages 5.7 yards per carry and has scored nine touchdowns. Jackson has already made a lot of big plays for the Wildcats and could make a few more on Saturday when B-CU faces its long-time rival Florida A&M in the Florida Blue Florida Classic at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

Defensive Player of the Year

Julien David, Howard defensive back

David covered a lot of ground in the secondary, and there aren’t many defensive backs who play the run better than him. David doesn’t let very many plays get past him, leading leads the MEAC in total tackles with 99, including 62 solo. He had eight tackles, five solo, with one for a loss of 16 yards in a losing effort to Georgia Southern on Saturday.

Coach of the Year

Delaware State head coach Kermit Blount

Blount has done a magnificent job in his second season at Delaware State. In 2011, the Hornets finished 3-8, but this season Delaware State has a 5-2 mark in the conference and 6-4 overall mark. He guided the Hornets to their first winning season since 2007 when Delaware State defeated Hampton 35-27 over the weekend

Other Top Performers

Offensive Standouts

• Florida A&M quarterback Damien Fleming

• Delaware State quarterback Nick Elko

• Hampton running back Jeremiah Schwartz

• Morgan State running back Travis Davidson

• Delaware State wide receiver Travis Tarpley

Defensive Standouts

• Bethune-Cookman defensive end LeBrandon Richardson

• Morgan State linebacker Elandon Roberts

• North Carolina A&T defensive back D’Vonte Graham

• Delaware State defensive back Davon Moore


The Black College Football Hall of Fame recently announced its Class of 2013. The inductees will be honored Feb. 16, 2013 at the Loews Hotel in Atlanta. The inductees include Charlie Neal (sportscaster), Elvin Bethea (linebacker, North Carolina A&T, 1964-1967), Charles “Choo Choo” Brackins (quarterback, Prairie View A&M, 1951-1954), Joe Gilliam, Jr. (quarterback, Tennessee State, 1968-1971), Ken Houston (defensive back, Prairie View A&M, 1964-1967), Charlie Joiner (wide receiver, Grambling State, 1965-1968), Ed “Too Tall” Jones (defensive lineman, Tennessee State, 1970-1973), Larry Little (offensive lineman, Bethune-Cookman, 1963-1966), Shannon Sharpe (tight end, Savannah State, 1986-1989), Jackie Slater (offensive lineman, Jackson State, 1973-1976) and John “Big John” Merritt (head coach, Tennessee State, 1953-1983).

The newest members were selected from a list of 35 finalists who had been determined earlier this year by the Black College Football Hall of Fame selection committee, which is comprised of journalists and former football executives from around the country.

SBN Sports Network Black College Football Poll

1. Winston-Salem State

2. Bethune-Cookman

3. Arkansas-Pine Bluff

4. Tennessee State

5. Alabama State

6. Tuskegee

7. Jackson State

8. Alabama A&M

9. Miles College

10. North Carolina Central

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