Bethune-Cookman's Hackney, Richardson Named to SBN All-America Team

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          Release: 01/25/2013
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PITTSBURGH - It was announced this week that Bethune-Cookman football student-athletes Terrance Hackney and LeBrandon Richardson have been named to the 2012 SBN Sports Black College All-American (BCAA) Team. The two Wildcats performers are a part of an 11-man team that will be honored at the 39th Annual BCAA Awards Brunch and during the Black College Hall of Fame Enshrinement taking place February 16 at the Loews Hotel in Atlanta.

Terrance Hackney, a product of Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Hargrave Military Academy, transferred into Bethune-Cookman from Ole Miss. The All-America team recognition is the fourth of its kind on the 2012 campaign for Hackney, a 6-6, 310-pound offensive lineman who also claimed MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Year honors following the regular season.

As for LeBrandon Richardson, the 6-2, 255-pound defensive lineman from Miami is making his way onto his second All-America team after finishing the year sixth on the Wildcats squad for total tackles, collecting 53 on the campaign - 26 of them via solo performance. The UCF transfer and Miami Central alum sparked the Wildcats defense with a team-leading 13 tackles behind the line, including a team-best 8.5 sacks. He also recovered two fumbles, one going for a score against Tennessee State in a 44-yard return.

The Bethune-Cookman defense ended the year third in the MEAC for total defense, as well as seventh nationally at an average of 301.42 yards per game allowed. The Cats allowed just an average of 134.8 yards per contest on the ground throughout the season, and a pass efficiency grade of 98.8, pitting them in the top three of the league in both categories as well. That goes along with having the league's best defense on third downs, getting off the field 69.5 percent of the time. The takeaways for the Wildcats allowed them to finish ranked third nationally with a +1.50 margin against their counterparts.

As a team, the Wildcats won the 2012 MEAC title - the fifth of its kind in school history - after recording an unblemished record of 8-0 in the league, advancing to the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Playoffs for the second time under head coach Brian Jenkins, recently completing his third year at the helm in Daytona Beach. Overall, the Cats have won two of the last three MEAC crowns.

On the year, Hackney helped anchor the Bethune-Cookman offensive line unit that paved the way for a league-leading 4,665 yards of total offense. That total includes a league-leading 2,928 yards on the ground. Hackney's blocking exploits were instrumental in placing Bethune-Cookman atop the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in scoring offense (29.4 points per game).

The 2012 SBN All-American Team is charged by eleven players from Winston-Salem State, Tennessee State and Alabama State, respectively. TSU and WSSU each had four members of their respective squads selected to the team. Individually, Winston-Salem State quarterback Kameron Smith is the SBN Sports Doug Williams Offensive Player of the Year; Arkansas-Pine Bluff defensive lineman Brandon Thurmond is the SBN Sports Mel Blount Defensive Player of the Year; and Winston-Salem State head coach Connell Maynor is the SBN Sports Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year.

The SBN Black College All-American Awards (BCAA) recognizes and celebrates the academic and athletic achievements of student athletes who play football at America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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