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Philyaw, Leonard Highlight 2017 MEAC Preseason Football Teams

Courtesy: MEAC Media Relations
          Release: 07/28/2017
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Courtesy: MEAC Media Relations

NORFOLK, Va. – Howard University running back Anthony Philyaw was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while South Carolina State linebacker Darius Leonard was selected as the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

All votes were submitted by the MEAC’s 11 head football coaches and sports information directors.

A 2016 All-MEAC First teamer, Philyaw was the MEAC’s second-leading rusher last fall with 1,230 yards and nine touchdowns on 222 attempts. Philyaw averaged 123 yards per game and 5.5 yards per carry with his longest run spanning 68 yards. He ranked second in scoring touchdowns (9) and second in all-purpose yardage (144.5 ypg) en route to earning MEAC Player of the Week honors once. Philyaw had the highest single-game rushing output in the MEAC last fall with a 281-yard performance versus Delaware State as he was named STATS FCS Player of the Week. The Los Angeles, Calif. native also had 234 yards versus Monmouth along with four additional 100-yard outings, including 112 yards versus Rutgers of the Big 10 Conference.

Leonard continues South Carolina State’s strong tradition of defensive play as last season’s MEAC Defensive Player of the year honor marked the fourth consecutive season a SC State defender has earned the postseason award. He led the MEAC in tackles last season with 124, 3.5 sacks and two interceptions. The Lake View, S.C. native had 10-plus tackles in seven of SC State’s 11 games highlighted by a 19-tackle performance at College Football Playoff National Champion Clemson on Sept. 17. Leonard also tallied 16 tackles at UCF and 14 tackles at Howard. He was named the Sheridan Broadcast Network Sports Mel Blount Defensive Player of the Year, an AFCA All-American and and the BOXTOROW Willie Davis Defensive Player of the Year Award. 

2017 MEAC Football All-Conference Preseason Teams

First Team Offense
First Team Defense
Second Team Offense
Second Team Defense
Third Team Offense
Third Team Defense

Offensive Player of the Year:
Anthony Philyaw, Howard
Defensive Player of the Year: Darius Leonard, South Carolina State

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

QB

Lamar Raynard

Jr.

North Carolina A&T State

High Point, N.C.

RB

Anthony Philyaw

Sr.

Howard

Los Angeles, Calif.

RB*

Yahkee Johnson

Sr.

Hampton

Richmond, Va.

RB*

Ramone Simpson

Jr.

N.C. Central

Wilmington, N.C.

WR

Elijah Bell

So.

North Carolina A&T State

Wheeling, W. Va.

WR*

Brandon Norwood

Sr.

Florida A&M

Atlanta, Ga.

WR*

Frank Brown

Sr.

Bethune-Cookman

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

TE

Leroy Hill

Jr.

North Carolina A&T State

Smithfield, N.C.

C

Darriel Mack

Sr.

North Carolina A&T State

Clio, S.C.

OL

Brandon Parker

Sr.

North Carolina A&T State

Kannapolis, N.C.

OL

Nick Leverett

So.

N.C. Central

Concord, N.C.

OL

Robbie Stephenson

Sr.

S.C. State

Fairburn, Ga.

OL

Justin Evans

Sr.

S.C. State

Florence, S.C.

PK

Uriel Hernandez

Jr.

Bethune-Cookman

Homestead, Fla.

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

DL*

Kevin Thompson

R-Sr.

Bethune-Cookman

Baltimore, Md.

DL*

Chris Lee

Sr.

Norfolk State

Woodbridge, Va.

DL

Ja’Quan Smith

Gr.

N.C. Central

Miramar, Fla.

DL

Antonio Brown

Sr.

N.C. Central

Jacksonville, Fla.

LB

Darius Leonard

R-Sr.

S.C. State

Lake View, S.C.

LB

Dayshawn Taylor

R-Sr.

S.C. State

Lincolnton, Ga.

LB

Reggie Hunter

Sr.

N.C. Central

Henderson, N.C.

DB

Alden McClellon

Jr.

N.C. Central

Lake Butler, Fla.

DB*

Jason Baxter

Gr.

S.C. State

Manning, S.C.

DB*

Diquan Richardson

Sr.

Bethune-Cookman

Alvin, S.C.

DB

Zerius Lockhart

Sr.

North Carolina A&T State

Auburn, Ala.

P

Nathaniel Tilque

Sr.

N.C. Central

Charlotte, N.C.

RS

Khris Gardin

Sr.

North Carolina A&T State

Morganton, N.C.

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

QB

Larry Brihm, Jr.

Sr.

Bethune-Cookman

Delray Beach, Fla.

RB

Herb Walker, Jr.

Sr.

Morgan State

Cleveland, Ohio

RB

Mike Waters

So.

Delaware State

Philadelphia, Pa.

WR

Kyle Anthony

So.

Howard

Miami, Fla.

WR

Mason Rutherford

Sr.

Delaware State

San Bernardino, Calif.

TE

Demetrius Ferebee

Sr.

Norfolk State

Roanoke, Va.

C

Victor Ishmael, Jr.

Sr.

S.C. State

Miami, Fla.

OL

Osman Aguilera

Sr.

Florida A&M

Miami, Fla.

OL

Loubens Polinice

So.

Florida A&M

Palm Coast, Fla.

OL

Joshua Fala

So.

Delaware State

Manteca, Calif.

OL

Cade Pedro

So.

Delaware State

Kailua, Hawai’i

PK

Tyler Scandrett

Sr.

S.C. State

Barnesville, Ga.

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

DL

Steven Smith

Sr.

Hampton

Norfolk, Va.

DL*

Jai Franklin

Sr.

Morgan State

Clinton, Md.

DL*

Greg Newell

Sr.

S.C. State

McDonough, Ga.

DL

Julian McKnight

Jr.

North Carolina A&T State

Conyers, Ga.

LB

Trenton Bridges

Jr.

Bethune-Cookman

DeLand, Fla.

LB*

Malik Harris

Sr.

Delaware State

Washington, D.C.

LB*

Marcus Albert

Jr.

North Carolina A&T State

College Park, Ga.

DB

Brendan Cole

Sr.

Hampton

Hampton, Va.

DB

Orlando McKinley

Jr.

Florida A&M

Atlanta, Ga.

DB

Terry Jefferson

So.

Florida A&M

Miami, Fla.

DB

Devondre Powell

Sr.

S.C. State

Miami, Fla.

P

Uriel Hernandez

Jr.

Bethune-Cookman

Homestead, Fla.

RS

Frank Brown

Sr.

Bethune-Cookman

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

THIRD TEAM OFFENSE

QB

Ryan Stanley

So.

Florida A&M

Pembroke Pines, Fla.

RB

Dorrel McClain

Jr.

N.C. Central

Cary, N.C.

RB

Brycen Alleyne

Jr.

Delaware State

Wilmington, Del.

WR

Jalen Wilkes

Jr.

N.C. Central

Greenville, S.C.

WR

Jawill Davis

Sr.

Bethune-Cookman

Miami, Fla.

TE

Desmond Noird

Sr.

Florida A&M

Atlanta, Ga.

C

Phillip Norman

Sr.

Bethune-Cookman

Sebastian, Fla.

OL

Obinna Nwanko

So.

Florida A&M

Miramar, Fla.

PK

Wizdom Nzidee

Sr.

Delaware State

Stone Mountain, Ga.

THIRD TEAM DEFENSE

DL*

Stefen Banks

Jr.

Savannah State

Columbus, Ohio

DL*

Elijah Price

Sr.

Florida A&M

Jacksonville, Fla.

DL*

Kenneth Melton

Sr.

North Carolina A&T State

Elizabeth City, N.C.

DL

Tyberius Cravens

Sr.

S.C. State

Austell, Ga.

LB

Kyle Archie

Sr.

Norfolk State

Virginia Beach, Va.

LB

Mulik Simmons

Sr.

Savannah State

Savannah, Ga.

LB

Brian Cavicante

So.

Delaware State

Portsmouth, Va.

DB

Carl Garnes

Jr.

Morgan State

Columbus, N.J.

DB

Keyjuan Selby

Jr.

Delaware State

Bear, Del.

DB

Darius Johnson

Jr.

Morgan State

Baltimore, Md.

DB

Davanta Reynolds

Jr.

N.C. Central

Tucker, Ga.

P

Fidel Romo-Martinez

So.

Delaware State

Banning, Calif.

RS

William King

Jr.

Morgan State

Baltimore, Md.

 

 

 

 

 

*  - Indicates tie