Tuesday, October 9, 2012
A look at draft prospects in the MEAC
By Donald Hunt
Special to ESPN.com
There are a number of NFL prospects in the MEAC, and they could hear their names called next April in the NFL draft. If they don’t get selected, there’s still a good chance they’ll find their way on to an NFL roster.
The MEAC has a great history of producing good players such as Antoine Bethea (Indianapolis Colts, Howard), Justin Durant (Detroit Lions, Hampton) and Rashean Mathis (Jacksonville Jaguars, Bethune-Cookman) just to name a few. They may not be big names to many college football fans, but these players can play the game.
Here’s a list of this season’s seniors who could play on Sundays. Not to mention Mondays and Thursdays, too.
Travis Davidson, RB, Morgan State
6-0, 180 pound senior
Davidson has good speed, can turn the corner and has the ability to run between the tackles. He also has nice moves in the open field and leads the MEAC in rushing (514 yards and seven touchdowns). He averages 5.2 yards a carry.
Travis Harvey, WR, Florida A&M
6-2, 185 pound senior
Harvey is a game-breaking receiver who can catch the ball over the middle and go deep to make the big play. He leads the conference in receptions (41 catches, 562 yards and 7 TDs) and is averaging 13.7 yards per catch.
Lyndell Gibson, LB, Hampton
6-0, 230 pound senior
Gibson has good size and quickness and plays the run extremely well. He knows how to come up and turn the play inside. He has 20 solo and 40 total tackles this season.
Brandon Hepburn, LB, Florida A&M
6-4, 235 pound senior
Hepburn has great range and strength and can cover a lot of ground with his athletic ability. He can play the run, drop back into pass coverage, and he does a great job of reading the play. He has 30 solo and 50 total tackles, including 3 sacks.
Keith Pough, LB, Howard
6-3, 240 pound senior
Pough has been one of the best players in the MEAC -- and in the nation. He has been a consistent player throughout his career, and he knows how to pick his spots in terms of rushing the passer. He has three sacks this season and is a great run stopper. He has 25 solo and 18 assists for 43 total tackles.
Next week we’ll talk about the SWAC.
- Bethune-Cookman QB Quentin Williams is the MEAC Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 111 yards on 17 carries and two TDs in the Wildcats’ 28-12 win over North Carolina A&T.
- Delaware State DB Davon Moore and Howard’s LB Pough were named MEAC Co-Defensive Players of the Week. Moore had two interceptions, including one with 29 seconds remaining to give Delaware State a 20-17 win over Norfolk State.
- Alabama A&M QB Deaunte Mason has been named the SWAC Offensive Player of the Week. Mason completed 21-of-32 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns in Alabama A&M’s 35-0 victory over Mississippi Valley State.
- Arkansas-Pine Bluff LB Jer-ryan Harris has been selected the SWAC Defensive Player of the Week. Harris tied for a team-high 15 tackles in Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s 34-24 win over Jackson State.
2012 Boxtorow HBCU Football Media Top 10 Poll
1. Tennessee State
2. Alabama A&M
3. Winston-Salem State
6. Alabama State
7. Arkansas-Pine Bluff
10. North Carolina Central
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