NC A&T dominates postseason MEAC football honors

Twelve Aggies earned first-team All-MEAC recognition, including 7 of 11 on offense, while Rod Broadway was named the league's Coach of the Year

Elijah Bell makes a one-handed catch over NC Central's Alphonso Carter to set up an NC A&T touchdown Saturday (NC A&T athletic communications photo/ Kevin L. Dorsey)

  NC A&T dominated the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference on the football field this season by going 11-0 and earning the league’s automatic bid to the Celebration Bowl next month in Atlanta.

  Tuesday, the Aggies were equally as dominant when it came to gathering postseason honors with 12 players earning first-team All-MEAC recognition — including 7 of the 11 spots on offense. In addition, Rod Broadway was named the league’s Coach of the Year while senior tackle Brandon Parker was selected as Offensive Lineman of the Year.

  The other individual awards, including Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, will be announced as part of the National Football Foundation’s annual awards banquet in New York on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

  Among the A&T players selected to the All-MEAC first team were junior quarterback Lamar Raynard, junior running back Marquell Cartwright, sophomore wide receiver Elijah Bell, graduate tight end Darriel Mack, Parker and fellow offensive lineman, sophomore Marcus Pettiford.

  On the defensive side of the ball, sophomore lineman Darryl Johnson, senior linebacker Jeremy Taylor, junior defensive back Timadre Abram and freshman defensive back Mac McCain were also selected, as was junior return specialist Khris Gardin.

  NC Central also was well-represented on the first team with five picks — sophomore defensive lineman Kawuan Cox, senior linebacker Reggie Hunter, junior defensive back Davonta Reynolds and senior punter Nathaniel Tilque.

  NCCU players earning second team recognition were freshman running back Isaiah Totten, senior wide receiver Jacen Murphy, junior tight end Josh McCoy, junior offensive lineman Marley Conley, sophomore offensive lineman Nick Leverett, senior defensive lineman Antonio Brown, junior defensive back Alden McClellon and junior kicker Adedan Johnson.

  A&T senior linebacker Marcus Albert earned a spot on the third team.