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Handing out MEAC player, coach awards

November, 13, 2012
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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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State's blowout of Savannah State proceeded as expected through the bulk of the first half before lightning provided the Tigers with a merciful early conclusion.

The Seminoles scored on eight of nine possessions in the game, including their first seven straight, en route to a 55-0 win against overmatched Savannah State. EJ Manuel threw three touchdown passes and freshman Kelvin Benjamin hauled in two scores, and the Tigers mustered just 28 yards of offense.

The game was delayed twice by lightning, the first resulting in a decision to use a running clock the remainder of the game, and the second calling the proceedings to an end completely.

In its first two games of the season, Savannah State was outscored 139-0, having lost its opener to Oklahoma State 84-0.

Florida State, meanwhile, opens ACC play next week, having taken its first two games by a combined score of 124-3.

It was over when: There was still 8:59 left in the third quarter. Really, it was over before it started, as Florida State had no trouble carving apart the Savannah State defense. But the real intrigue came when the players left the field for the second time due to a weather delay at about 8:52 p.m., and about 40 minutes later the game was officially called.

Game ball goes to: Manuel. He didn't get much playing time, but he certainly made the most of what little action he got. Manuel completed 11 of 13 passes for 161 yards and three touchdowns -- just the second game of his career with three or more TD throws.

Stat of the game: 385. That was the total yardage difference between the two teams, despite the game ending 23 minutes early. Florida State racked up a whopping 413 yards of total offense before the weather forced an early finish, while Savannah State mustered a mere 28 yards in the game, including just nine via passing plays, as QB Antonio Bostick finished 2-of-15.

Unsung hero: Chris Thompson. The senior running back didn't see a ton of action, like all of FSU's starters, but he did pick up 44 yards on just four touches, including a 6-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. It was Thompson's first touchdown since Sept. 10, 2011, against Charleston Southern. The senior broke his back three weeks later and missed the remainder of the 2011 season.

What we learned: Not a whole lot. Florida State's starters barely saw action. The second stringers took only a few snaps in the second half. The third stringers barely had a chance to get loose before the weather brought things to a halt. But if there's anything for coach Jimbo Fisher to take from this game, it's that his team lived up to expectations, looking incredibly sharp early rather than overlooking an obviously inferior opponent.