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B-CUís Jackson and Fields and FAMUís Fleming Earn Top Honors
Written By: Associated Press         Release: 07/26/2013
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NORFOLK, Va.  – Florida A&M quarterback Damien Fleming and Bethune-Cookman running back Isidore Jackson along with linebacker Jarkevis Fields  received top honors as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced its 2013 preseason football players of the year at the annual Football Press Luncheon Banquet on Friday afternoon at the Norfolk Marriott Waterside Hotel in Virginia. 

All preseason honors are voted on by the MEAC’s football coaches and sports information directors.

Bethune-Cookman, the defending conference champion, was predicted to finish first in the annual preseason poll.  The Wildcats finished the 2012 season with an unblemished 8-0 mark and 9-3 overall record.  For the second straight year South Carolina State was picked to finish second while North Carolina A&T was selected to finish third.   

Fleming finished second in the MEAC in passing yards with 2,175, completing 214-of-308 pass attempts.  He ranked second in the conference in passing efficiency (142.2) and passing yards per game (196.1).  Fleming led the Rattlers in total offense (2,351) in 11 games of action. 

 Jackson, a native of Mossy Head, Florida, led the MEAC in rushing with 1,069 yards on 191 attempts.  He averaged 89.1 yards per game and recorded 11 touchdowns.  He finished third on the team in receiving with 148 yards, averaging 12.3 yards per game.  He led the Wildcats in scoring (72 points) and all-purpose yards (1,217) during his junior season. 

Fields finished sixth in the conference and led the Wildcats in total tackles with 103 including 46 solo and 57 assists.  He averaged 8.6 tackles per game and recorded six tackles for a loss, four breakups, four deflections, one sack, and one forced fumble. 

Florida A&M led all teams with six student-athletes receiving first-team preseason honors.  Bethune-Cookman and Delaware State were tied at second with five student-athletes to earn a first-team nod.

 

2013 Predicted Order of Finish

(First Place Votes in Parenthesis)

School                                                                  Points

1.      Bethune-Cookman (16)                                    480
2.      South Carolina State (2)                                   365
3.      North Carolina A&T                                       302
4.      North Carolina Central                                    260
5.      Florida A&M                                                   250
6.      Howard                                                           227
7.      Norfolk State (1)                                              222
8.      Delaware State                                                 201
9.      Hampton (1)                                                    196
10.   Morgan State                                                   113
11.   Savannah State (1)                                           52

2013 Football All-Conference Preseason Teams 

Co-Offensive Player of the Year: Damien Flemming, Florida A&M and Isidore Jackson, Bethune-Cookman

                 Defensive Player of the Year: Jarkevis Fields, Bethune-Cookman

Pos.

Name

Cl.

School

Hometown

QB

Damien Fleming

Jr.

Florida A&M

Jacksonville, Fla.

RB

Isidore Jackson

Sr.

Bethune-Cookman

Mossy Head, Fla.

RB*

Malcolm Williams

Jr.

Delaware State

Reading, Pa.

RB*

James Owens

r-Sr.

Florida A&M

Apopka, Fla.

WR

Lenworth Lennon

r-Jr.

Florida A&M

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

WR

Simon Hewyard

Sr.

Savannah State

Savannah, Ga.

TE

Joseph Hawkins

r-Sr.

Norfolk State

Chicago, Ill.

C

Brandon Cunningham

Sr.

Delaware State

Lumberton, N.J.

OL

Alex Monroe

Sr.

Bethune-Cookman

Jacksonville, Fla.

OL

Kevin House

r-Jr.

Florida A&M

Jacksonville, Fla.

OL

Zerrie Patterson

So.

Florida A&M

Fort Pierce, Fla.

OL

Joshua Matthews

Sr.

Howard

Bowman, S.C.

         

DEFENSE

 

 

 

 

Pos.

Name

Cl.

School

Hometown

DL

LeBrandon Richardson

Jr.

Bethune-Cookman

Miami, Fla.

DL

Damon Gresham Chisholm

So.

Howard

Covington, Ga.

DL

Rodney Gunter

Jr.

Delaware State

Haines, Fla.

DL

Javon Hargrave

So.

South Carolina State

Salisbury, N.C.

LB

Jarkevis Fields

Sr.

Bethune-Cookman

Sanford, Fla.

LB

Ernest Adjei

Sr.

Delaware State

Woodbridge, Va.

LB

Lynden Trail

r-Jr.

Norfolk State

Miami, Fla.

DB

Nick Addison

Jr.

Bethune-Cookman

Tampa, Fla.

DB

Julien David

Sr.

Howard

Coral Springs, Fla.

DB

D’Vonte Graham

Sr.

North Carolina A&T

Tallahassee, Fla.

DB

Terrick Colston

So.

Delaware State

Lakeland, Fla.

P

Nick Belcher

r-Sr.

South Carolina State

Sumter, S.C.

PK

Chase Varnadore

r-So.

Florida A&M

Tallahassee, Fla.

RS

D’Vonte Graham

Sr.

North Carolina A&T

Charlotte, N.C.

         
         

Second Team

 

 

 

 

OFFENSE

 

 

 

 

Pos.

Name

Cl.

School

Hometown

QB

Jordan Reid

r-Sr.

North Carolina Central

High Point, N.C.

RB

Aquanius Freeman

Jr.

Howard

New Orleans, La.

RB

Brendon Riddick

r-So.

Norfolk State

Richmond, Va.

WR

Eddie Poole

Grad.

Bethune-Cookman

Belle Glade, Fla.

WR

Derrick Demps

r-Sr.

Norfolk State

Tallahassee, Fla.

TE

David Wilson

Sr.

Howard

Sacramento, Calif.

C

Ronald Canty

r-Jr.

North Carolina A&T

Chester, S.C.

OL

John Smith

r-So.

Howard

Atlanta, Ga.

OL

Jamal Wilson

r-Sr.

Hampton

Brooklyn, N.Y.

OL

Williams Robinson

r-Jr.

North Carolina A&T

Clinton, Md.

OL

Charles Goodwin

r-Sr.

North Carolina Central

High Point, N.C.

         

DEFENSE

 

 

 

 

Pos.

Name

Cl.

School

Hometown

DL

Tyree Hearn

Sr.

North Carolina A&T

Durham, N.C.

DL

George Riddick

Jr.

Norfolk State

Suffolk, Va.

DL

Matthew Davis

Sr.

Hampton

Chesapeake, Va.

DL

Demarco Bisbee

r-So.

Morgan State

Lansing, Mich.

LB

D’Vonte Grant

Sr.

North Carolina A&T

Charlotte, N.C.

LB

Justin Hughes

Jr.

South Carolina State

Virginia Beach, Va.

LB

Travis Crosby

Sr.

North Carolina A&T

Charlotte, N.C.

DB

Davon Moore

Jr.

Delaware State

Mt. Vernon, N.Y.

DB

Joe Rankin

Sr.

Morgan State

Germantown, Md.

DB

Ryan Smith

r-So.

North Carolina Central

Upper Marlboro, Md.

DB*

John Wilson

Sr.

Savannah State

Athens, Ga.

DB*

Jonathan Pillow

r-Sr.

Florida A&M

Jacksonville, Fla.

P

Matthew Cornellus

r-Sr.

North Carolina Central

Charlotte, N.C.

PK

Oleg Parent

Jr.

North Carolina Central

Lake Forest, Calif.

RS

James Owens

r-Sr.

Florida A&M

Apopka, Fla.

         

Third Team

 

 

 

 

OFFENSE

 

 

 

 

Pos.

Name

Cl.

School

Hometown

QB

Nico Flores

r-Sr.

Norfolk State

Miami, Fla.

RB

Dae-Hon Cheung

So.

Delaware State

Coatesville, Pa.

RB

Conley Smith

So.

Norfolk State

Chesapeake, Va.

WR

Tyler McDonald

Sr.

South Carolina State

Summerville, SC

WR

Dylan Cook

Sr.

Savannah State

Hiram, Ga.

TE

Kris Drummond

Jr.

Savannah State

Washington, D.C.

C

Doug Almendares

Sr.

Florida A&M

Miami, Fla.

OL

Domanic Wilson

r-Jr.

South Carolina State

Lake City, SC

OL

Karim Barton

Sr.

Morgan State

Los Angeles, Calif.

OL

E.J. Rogers

r-Jr.

Norfolk State

Alexandria, Va.

OL

Cameron Williams

r-Sr.

Norfolk State

Burke, Va.

         

DEFENSE

 

 

 

 

Pos.

Name

Cl.

School

Hometown

DL

Andrew Carter

r-Jr.

South Carolina State

Hamlet, NC

DL

Tevin Toney

Sr.

Bethune-Cookman

Sebring, Fla.

DL

Micah Blount

Sr.

Savannah State

Stone Mountain, Ga.

DL*

Chikezie Ukeje

Sr.

Delaware State

Stanten Island, N.Y.

DL*

Noel Clarke Jr.

Jr.

Norfolk State

Brooklyn, N.Y.

LB

Christopher Robinson

r-Jr.

Morgan State

Germantown, Md.

LB

Joe Boyd

Sr.

Delaware State

Ft. Washington, Md.

LB

Brandon Denmark

Sr.

Florida A&M

Tallahassee, Fla.

DB

Keenan Lambert

r-Jr.

Norfolk State

Norfolk, Va.

DB

Nathan Ayers

Jr.

Morgan State

Baltimore, Md.

DB

Devontae Johnson

r-Jr.

Florida A&M

Tallahassee, Fla.

DB

Carvin Johnson

Sr.

Hampton

New Orleans, La.

PK

Nick Belcher

r-Sr.

South Carolina State

Sumter, SC

RS

Chris Flowers

Sr.

Morgan State

Haines City, Fla.

 

*indicates tie

 

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