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Bethune-Cookman has key talent returning

Bethune-Cookman’s FCS playoff run didn’t last long, as Coastal Carolina won 24-14 in the first round on Saturday.

Although the Wildcats (9-3) would like to still be playing, they should be in good shape to defend their MEAC championship next season and make another trip back to the FCS playoffs.

B-CU head coach Brian Jenkins, the MEAC Coach of the Year, has a number of key players returning in 2013, including star running back Isidore Jackson and quarterback Quentin Williams.

Up front, B-CU is led by offensive lineman Terrance Hackney who does a magnificent job of opening holes for the running game and pass protecting. The 6-foot-6, 310-pound sophomore has great strength and can really move his feet.

Defensively, the Wildcats could be even stronger. LeBrandon Richardson is a great pass-rushing defensive end. Richardson recorded 8.5 sacks this season and also had 53 total tackles, including 31 solo.

He got a lot of help from linebacker Jarkevis Fields who led the team in tackles with 103. Fields can play the run as well as any player in the league.

In the secondary, defensive back Nick Addison is a big-time player. Addison had four interceptions this season and can cover a lot of ground. He returned one INT 90 yards for a touchdown. In addition, he was second on the team in tackles with 68.

Bethune-Cookman’s top players received all-conference honors.

But despite the Wildcats' standouts on both sides of the ball, they will have some competition from Howard and Delaware State next season. But in looking ahead, they appear to be moving in the right direction.

Notes

  • Southern quarterback Dray Joseph is the SWAC Offensive Player of the Week. Joseph tied a school record with five TD passes in the Bayou Classic, as Southern defeated Grambling State, 38-33. Joseph completed 22 of 37 passes for 284 yards with no interceptions.

  • Mississippi Valley State defensive back Kevin Eugene was selected as the SWAC Defensive Player of the Week. Eugene scored two defensive TDs in the Delta Devils’ 34-3 win over Texas Southern after returning a fumble 100 yards for a score and an interception 31 yards for a touchdown. He also had five tackles and two interceptions, tying him for first in the SWAC with four this season.

  • Alabama State running back Isaiah Crowell was selected as the SWAC Newcomer of the Week. Crowell ran for 118 yards on 18 carries and scored two touchdowns. He had TD runs of 3 yards and 1 yard in the season finale against Tuskegee. It was his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season.

SBN Sports Network Black College Football Poll

1. Winston-Salem State

2. Arkansas-Pine Bluff

3. Bethune-Cookman

4. Tuskegee

5. Tennessee State

6. Jackson State

7. Alabama State

8. Alabama A&M

9. Howard

10. North Carolina A&T

Contact Donald Hunt with HBCU questions, comments or story ideas at dhunt37261@aol.com.