BCU’s Jenkins Named HBCU Huddle/Sporting News Coach of the Year
Bethune-Cookman football head coach Brian Jenkins was named Coach of the Year by the HBCU Huddle/College Sporting News. Three Wildcats were named to the All-America Team in the form of Eugene Solomon and Terrance Hackney on offense, joined by Harold Love III on the defensive side of the ball.
Brian Jenkins received his third end-of-year award, already picking up Coach of the Year accolades from the MEAC, in addition to being named AFCA FCS Region Two Coach of the Year. In just three seasons with the Maroon and Gold, he has helped lead the Wildcats to two MEAC titles (2010, 2012) and two NCAA FCS Playoff appearances (2010, 2012). This past season, he led the Wildcats to their first 8-0 MEAC mark in school history and the first unblemished conference record for B-CU since 1984.
Since his arrival, Jenkins has compiled an overall record of 27-8, and an unprecedented 21-3 mark in MEAC play. The Wildcats finished the season as the only ranked HBCU program in the Sports Network FCS College Football Poll Top 25, coming in at No. 22 on the list. The Cats have also won their last 13 consecutive MEAC contests dating back to the midway point of the 2011 campaign.
Terrance Hackney and Eugene Solomon were each named to the All-America Team on offense, while defensive lineman Harold Love III made his way onto the team for his side of the ball.
For Hackney, a 6-6, 310-pound offensive lineman, the All-America nod is the fourth of its kind for the sophomore transfer from Ole Miss. A native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Hargrave Military Academy alum, Hackney also claimed MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Year honors following the regular season.
As for Solomon, the All-America Team accomplishment is his first this season. A 6-4, 270-pound senior center from Savannah, Georgia (Jenkins HS), Solomon contributed to the Bethune-Cookman offensive line, along with Hackney, in several areas of rushing and pass protection.
On the year, the two helped anchor a Wildcats offensive line unit that paved the way for a league-leading 4,665 yards of total offense. That total includes a conference-leading 2,928 yards on the ground. Together, their blocking exploits were instrumental in placing Bethune-Cookman atop the MEAC in scoring offense (29.4 points per game).
A transfer from Feather River College and native of Portland, Oregon, Harold Love III stands 6-3, 325-pounds and was a force along a defensive unit for B-CU that ranked at or near the top in several team categories. He finished fifth on the Wildcats squad in total tackles, amassing 55 on the campaign - 20 of those unassisted. He also picked up a season third-best seven tackles-for-loss, including 3.5 sacks. Love III recorded a team second-best six quarterback hurries, adding a forced fumble and fumble recovery.
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