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Hornets’ Wilson and Wildcats’ Lewis Earn Top Preseason Honors
Written By: MEAC Media Relations         Release: 07/29/2011
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NORFOLK, Va., July 29, 2011 - Delaware State wide receiver Justin Wilson and linebacker Ryan Lewis of Bethune-Cookman received top honors as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced its 2011 preseason football team at the annual Football Press Luncheon Banquet on Friday afternoon at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel in Virginia.  Wilson was selected as the preseason Offensive Player of the Year and Lewis was named the preseason Defensive Player of the Year by the MEAC head football coaches and sports information directors.

For the fourth straight year South Carolina State was picked to win the conference title in 2011.  Co-champions

Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M were picked to finish second and third in the preseason poll respectively. 

2011 Predicted Order of Finish

(First Place Votes in Parenthesis)

  • 1. South Carolina State (6)            468
  • 2. Bethune-Cookman (8)              454
  • 3. Florida A&M (5)                        420
  • 4. Hampton (1)                           321
  • 5. Norfolk State (1)                      274
  • 6. Morgan State                          250
  • 7. North Carolina Central             162
  • 8. Delaware State                       158
  • 9. North Carolina A&T                  128
  • 10. Howard                                 96
  • 11. Savannah State (1)               63
 

Wilson, a junior native of Windsor, Connecticut, caught 59 passes for 937 receiving yards with 11 touchdowns.  He averaged 85.2 yards per game with 15.9 yards per catch.  As a sophomore, Wilson was named to the All-MEAC First Team and led the MEAC in receptions per game and reception yards per game.  He also tied at fourth in scoring and finished fifth in all-purpose yards (90.8 avg./g). 

Lewis led the Wildcats to a share of the 2010 conference title and assisted Bethune-Cookman to a 10-1 overall record including the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Division I FCS playoffs.  He led the Wildcats with 81 total tackles including 44 unassisted and 37 assisted.  He recorded 14 tackles for a loss of 76 yards and five sacks for a 37 yard loss.  The senior from Pompano Beach, Florida also notched four interceptions for 136 return yards, broke up three passes, and forced four fumbles while recovering two for 45 yards.  He also added four quarterback hurries. 

Bethune-Cookman led all teams with nine players receiving preseason honors including six getting a nod on the first team.  South Carolina State followed with eight total preseason honorees including five first team selections. 

 

 

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) - 2011 Football All-Conference Preseason Teams

  

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) - 2011 Football All-Conference Preseason Teams

Offensive Player of the Year: Justin Wilson, Delaware State
Defensive Player of the Year: Ryan Lewis, Bethune Cookman

Pos

Name

Class

School

Hometown

QB

Chris Walley

Sr.

Norfolk State

Tallahassee, Fla.

RB

Mike Mayhew

Srl

North Carolina A&T

Charlotte, N.C.

RB*

Antwon Chisholm

So.

Hampton

Belle Glade, Fla.

RB*

Jaashawn Jones

r-Sr.

Delaware State

Asbury Park, N.J.

TE

Antuanne Kerr

r-Sr.

South Carolina State

Augusta, Ga.

WR

Willie Carter

Sr.

Howard

Denmark, S.C.

WR

Justin Wilson

r-Jr.

Delaware State

Windsor, Conn.

OL

Alex Monroe

So.

Bethune-Cookman

Jacksonville, Fla.

OL

Juavahr Nathan

r-Sr.

South Carolina State

Goose Neck, S.C.

OL

Kendall Noble

Sr.

Norfolk State

Rocky Mount, N.C.

OL*

Lawrence Brewer

Sr.

Morgan State

Fort Washington, Md.

OL*

Robert Hartley

r-Jr.

Florida A&M

Lake City, Fla.

C

Natiel Curry

Sr.

Bethune-Cookman

Miami, Fla.

Defense

       

Pos

Name

Class

School

Hometown

DL

Ryan Davis

Jr.

Bethune-Cookman

Tampa, Fla.

DL

Sackie Kerkulah

r-Sr.

Howard

Willingboro, N.J.

DL

Josh Turner

Sr.

Norfolk State

Chesterfield, Va.

DL

Pat Washington

r-Sr.

South Carolina State

Charleston, S.C.

LB

Ryan Lewis

Jr.

Bethune-Cookman

Pompano Beach, Fla.

LB

Keith Pough

r-Jr.

Howard

Orangeburg, S.C.

LB

Reginald Sandilands

Sr.

Bethune-Cookman

Miami, Fla.

DB

Michael Williams

Sr.

Bethune-Cookman

Miami, Fla.

DB

Micah Pellerin

Sr.

Hampton

New Orleans, La.

DB

D'Vonte Graham

Jr.

North Carolina A&T

Tallahassee, Fla.

DB

Dominique Ellis

r-Sr.

South Carolina State

Wendell, N.C.

P

Brandon Holdren

Jr.

Florida A&M

Jacksonville, Fla.

P/K

Blake Erickson

Sr.

South Carolina State

Pensacola, Fla.

Ret

Justin Ferrell

Sr.

North Carolina A&T

Danville, Va.

Pos

Name

Class

School

Hometown

QB

David Legree

Sr.

Hampton

Brooklyn, N.Y.

RB

Isidore Jackson

So.

Bethune-Cookman

Mossy Head, Fla.

RB

Asheton Jordan

Sr.

South Carolina State

Summerville, S.C.

TE

Ryan Langdon

Jr.

Delaware State

Philadelphia, Pa.

WR

Javaris Brown

Jr.

Hampton

Macon, Ga.

WR

Eddie Poole

r-So.

Bethune-Cookman

Belle Glade, Fla.

OL

Brandon Curry

r-Sr.

Florida A&M

Hollywood, Fla.

OL

David Luckett

Jr.

Hampton

Pomfret, Md.

OL

Brenton Walker

Sr.

North Carolina A&T

Durham, N.C.

OL

Marquell Rozier

So.

Bethune-Cookman

St. Paul's, N.C.

C

Shelley Anthony

r-Jr.

Florida A&M

Atlanta, Ga.

Pos

Name

Class

School

Hometown

DL

Ronnell Ferguson

Sr.

South Carolina State

Lincolnton, Ga.

DL

Zary Stewart

Sr.

Morgan State

Upper Marlboro, Md.

DL

Roger Stewart

Sr.

North Carolina Central

Charlotte, N.C.

DL

Jerry Willis

Sr.

Florida A&M

Sebastion River, Fla.

LB

Corwin Hammond

Sr.

Norfolk State

Louisville, Ky

LB

Donovan Richard

r-Sr.

South Carolina State

Georgetown, S.C.

LB

Allen Stephens

Jr.

Morgan State

Halifax, Va

DB

Justin Ferrell

Sr.

North Carolina A&T

Danville, Va.

DB

Darren Hunter

Sr.

Savannah State

Atlanta, Ga.

DB

Reshaude Miller

Sr.

Morgan State

Florence, S.C.

DB

John Ojo

r-Jr.

Florida A&M

Tallahassee, Fla.

P

Nicholas Adams

Jr.

Morgan State

Fayetteville, N.C.

P/K

Trevor Scott

r-Sr.

Florida A&M

Jacksonville, Fla.

Ret

Arthur Goforth

Jr.

North Carolina Central

Columbia, S.C.

 [*] Indicates Tie

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