Edouard paves the way for B-CU

In order for your offense to get into high gear, you need some great offensive linemen to create opportunities for your skilled players. Bethune-Cookman has one of those offensive linemen who can really pave the way.

Andrew Edouard, the Wildcats' center, has been a major factor in making B-CU (2-0) the consensus No. 1 HBCU football team in the nation. Edouard is a terrific run and pass blocker. He’s big and strong and has good quickness along the offensive line.

“Andrew has done a phenomenal job coming in and adapting to our program, finding a way to stay there and finding his role,” said Bethune-Cookman head coach Brian Jenkins. “He’s a phenomenal young man. He does an exceptional job of leading our front line. I think his accolades and productivity speaks for itself. It speaks for the job he’s done in the short period of time that he’s been here.”

Edouard is truly an amazing story. This is his second year in the Wildcats football program after spending two seasons at Lackawanna College, a junior college in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

The 6-foot-2, 295-pound senior started 12 of 13 games last season, when Bethune-Cookman averaged 29.6 points a game and was second in the Mid-eastern Athletic Conference with 5,146 yards of total offense. Edouard was a big reason why the team was so prolific offensively, and his blocking skills helped B-CU capture the MEAC title. For his efforts, Edouard was named first-team All-MEAC and was selected to the Boxtorow All-America team as well.

Edouard played his scholastic football at Philadelphia’s Overbrook High School, which is known for its history of producing sensational basketball players like Wilt Chamberlain, Walt Hazzard, Wali Jones, Mike Gale, Lewis Lloyd, Jackie Moore, Malik Rose and others. Edouard appears to be carving a pretty good niche for himself as a football player.

He’s clearly one of the best players at his position, and he can also play guard. His talent and versatility make him a solid NFL prospect. Edouard should get an invitation to all the college all-star games as well as the NFL combine. His style of play is similar to New Orleans Saints Pro Bowl offensive guard Jahri Evans, who like Edouard played his high school football in the Philadelphia Public League.

Bethune-Cookman is off to a good start this season with a victory over Division I Florida International and Grambling State from the Southwestern Athletic Conference. B-CU has a huge nonconference game against Division I UCF (0-2) at Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando, Florida, this Saturday. Another big win over a Division I FBS team will bring more attention to Bethune-Cookman, as well as Edouard.

HBCU notes:

  • Howard quarterback Greg McGhee put on an impressive show leading the Bison to a 35-17 victory over Morehouse in the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic. McGee completed 16-of-30 passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for three TDs.

  • Alabama State running back Malcolm Cyrus looks like a big-time rusher in the SWAC. Cyrus picked up 171 yards, leading the Hornets to a 47-22 win over Mississippi Valley State this past weekend. The week before, he had 170 yards in a 27-21 win over Tennessee State.

  • Wide receiver Julian Stafford from Mississippi Valley State was the SWAC Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week. Stafford had a career-high 12 catches for 222 yards and a touchdown in the loss to Alabama State. He also had 32 yards on returns for 254 all-purpose yards.

  • Linebacker Kourtney Berry from Alabama State was named the SWAC Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week. Berry had seven total stops, three solo, while playing only a little more than one half in the win over Mississippi Valley State. He had 1.5 tackles for a loss of seven yards and picked up a fumble off a blocked punt and returned it 18 yards for a TD. Berry has 32 tackles in the first three games this season.

  • North Carolina A&T running back Tarik Cohen was named the MEAC Offensive Player of the Week. Cohen had 20 carries for a career-high 234 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Aggies to a 17-12 win over Elon.

  • Strong safety Paul Eatman Jr. of Morgan State and cornerback Tony McRae of North Carolina A&T were named the MEAC Co-Defensive Players of the Week. Eatman had a career-high 12 tackles, seven solo, in Morgan State’s 28-3 win over Bowie State. McRae made nine stops, seven solo, with 1.5 tackles for a loss of seven yards for the Aggies.

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