B-CUís Jackson and Fields and FAMUís Fleming Earn Top Honors
Written By: Associated Press Release: 07/26/2013
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)
1. Bethune-Cookman (16) 4802. South Carolina State (2) 3653. North Carolina A&T 3024. North Carolina Central 2605. Florida A&M 2506. Howard 2277. Norfolk State (1) 2228. Delaware State 2019. Hampton (1) 19610. Morgan State 11311. 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