ESPN Events: North Carolina A&T

Forecast for Aggie RB Tarik Cohen bright

February, 20, 2014
Feb 20
Tarik Cohen wasted little time attracting national attention in his first season at North Carolina A&T. As a freshman running back for the Aggies, Cohen led the MEAC in rushing, gaining 1,148 yards with eight touchdowns. The 5-foot-8, 170-pounder averaged 5.9 yards a carry while garnering first-team all-conference honors.

Cohen’s exploits earned him MEAC Rookie of the Year honors and national acclaim as a candidate for the Jerry Rice Award, which goes to the country’s top FCS freshman. While Cohen didn’t receive that particular award, he cemented his status as one of the nation’s best young gridders. “He can be special,” asserts coach Rod Broadway, whose Aggies finished 7-4 last season. “He has the whole package. He has speed, change of direction and knowledge.”

Cohen will get an opportunity to showcase his skills on the national stage in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge Presented by Disney game, which will feature North Carolina A&T and Alabama A&M on Sunday, Aug. 31. This year marks the game's 10th anniversary.

Broadway will have the best seat in the house: “He's good. He just continues to get better as he grows. He's going to be outstanding.”

MEAC/SWAC celebrates 10th anniversary

February, 5, 2014
Feb 5
The MEAC/SWAC Challenge Presented by Disney – celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2014 – will showcase North Carolina A&T of the MEAC against Alabama A&M of the SWAC on Sunday, Aug. 31. The yearly event – which features teams from two prominent Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) – will be aired on an ESPN network.

It will be Alabama A&M’s first game under new head coach, James Spady. North Carolina A&T and third-year head coach, Rod Broadway are coming off a seven-win season in 2013.

This year’s game will mark the first meeting between the Bulldogs and the Aggies—which brings us to the gazillion-dollar question: Who you got? Hit us on Twitter ... use #MEACSWAC10 and #MSC2014