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A&T Men's Track and Field Earns National Ranking
Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
            Release: 05/09/2016

GREENSBORO (May 9, 2016)  – The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the governing body of track and field in the USA, released its latest top-25 NCAA Division I team rankings on Monday with the North Carolina A&T men’s track and field team listed among the top-25 for the first time in program history. They jumped an amazing 71 spots from 92nd to 21st in a week.

N.C. A&T’s top-25 slot puts them higher than some schools from big-named conferences such as South Carolina of the SEC and Kansas and Texas Christian of the Big 12. The Aggies’ previous highest ranking was 48th in 2008. The Aggies are ranked eighth in the USTFCCCA southeast region behind Kentucky, South Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech, N.C. State, Louisville and Clemson.

“Our team and staff are excited about our current national and regional rankings,” said director of track and field programs Duane Ross. “We’ve known all season that these guys can compete with anyone in the country at any time. There’s still a lot of competing to do. The goal is the awards podium at the NCAA championships. Once we have that, I’ll celebrate. We don’t want to be the best HBCU track and field team in the country. We want to be the best track and field team in the country…period.”

Mightily assisting in the team’s national ranking were the performances given over the weekend at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at N.C. A&T’s Irwin Belk Track as N.C. A&T broke two MEAC records. The USTFCCCA recognized the top-10 college track & field performance in the country from May 2-8 by reviewing every college track & field contest from all levels (NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, etc.). Thirteen Aggies made the list, and a few received multiple recognition.

Aggie junior Christopher Belcher had the highest rankings. His performances in the 100 and 200 meters were established as the best in the country for the week, as he marked a MEAC record 10.07 and a 20.39 respectively. Moreover, surpassing simply weekend acclamation, Belcher’s performances elevated him nationally. He ranks third in the nation, second in the east region, in the 100. In the 200, he is fifth nationally and fourth in the east.

When disqualifying the times that were wind-aided, Belcher sits at No. 1 in the country in the 100 and No. 2 in the 200. Though times that are aided by the wind (where the wind measures 2.0 meters per second and above) are considered for qualifying times to NCAA regionals and nationals, they do not count toward any form of record breaking times or marks for conferences, regionals, nationals, etc., making Belcher’s performances even more significant.  

“Chris is by far one of the hardest working athletes I’ve ever had. I have to make him take days off from practice,” said Ross. “What makes him so dangerous is that he and I are on the exact same page about how far we want him to go in this sport. He wants it all: the NCAA title, the Olympic trials title, and ultimately the Olympic medal. He’s an absolute joy to coach and watch compete and his future is very bright.”

Over the weekend, Belcher also assisted the 4x100 team in making the USTFCCCA top-10 list. Junior Maurice Eaddy, junior Caleb Gabriel and freshman Rodney Rowe teamed with Belcher to run a MEAC record 39.58 that placed them second in the nation for the week. The 4x100 team is ranked twice among the top-24 teams in the east region. Their 39.58 time has them ranked 11th and their 39.98 time at the Florida Relays (3/31/16) has them ranked 23rd.

Also making the USTFCCCA list for the men was the 4x400 relay team consisting of freshman Justin Hamilton, junior Dorian Claggett, sophomore Corey Aiken, and sophomore Dajuan Harding. The men’s 3:07.67 in the relay put them at third in the country for the week. Harding also had an individual performance rank third in his 46.14 mark in the 400. The last male to make the list was junior Frank Quarles, who won the individual conference title in the men’s long jump over the weekend. In the long jump, Quarles reached 25-feet, 7 ¼-inches in the finals that ranked third and 25-feet, 2-inches in the trials that ranked ninth last week.

As for the women, sophomore India Brown and freshman Kayla White were listed as the top individual performers. USTFCCCA ranked Brown’s times second and fourth in the 100, with her preliminary time of 11.47 and her finals run of 11.50.

Brown was also listed 10th in the in the 200 for her 23.75 sprint in the championships. Brown won MEAC championships in the 100 and 200 over the weekend.

Claiming three individual weekly rankings of her own, White took seventh in the 100 (11.57) and fourth (13.48) and eighth (13.52) in the 100-meter hurdles listings. Her 13.52 helped her win the MEAC title in the 100mh. Brown and White were also ranked together with freshman Yakira Love and sophomore Morgan Knight in the 4x100. The quartet was listed fifth for their 44.96 performance in the event.

Sports Forum / A&T's Spring Game Brings About Change...
« on: April 12, 2016, 05:08:25 PM »
i luv this new format! great idea! does any other programs format their spring game this way?

Spring Game Brings About Change
Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
            Release: 04/12/2016

GREENSBORO (April 12, 2016) – North Carolina A&T will hold its annual spring Blue & Gold Spring Game 1 p.m., Saturday at Aggie Stadium with an important new wrinkle.

Saturday’s Spring Game will actually be a game similar to what fans will see when the fall starts. In the past, the Spring Game has simply been all of the offensive players versus all of the defensive players because there were too few players to play a traditional game.

This year’s game will feature the first-team offense and the second-team defense (Blue) against the first-team defense and the second-team offense (Gold). Therefore, there will be changes of possession and touchdowns like a real game.

“We’re excited about it,” said N.C. A&T head coach Rod Broadway. “We want to grow this game and make it a big deal. We think we’re building a pretty solid program around here, so we can get people excited about all aspects of Aggie football it will help us grow even more.”

Admission is free for the Blue & Gold Spring game. In addition to fans seeing a traditional Spring Game, there will also be numerous festivities for fans who attend. Free games, music and food will be in the parking lot of Aggie Stadium. Food vouchers will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis for fans who enter Aggie Stadium. Meals from places such as Zaxby’s Darryl’s, Domino’s and Penn Station Subs who will be passing out meals immediately following the game.

The Aggies are coming off one the best season’s 92-year history. The Aggies finished 10-2 overall and 7-1 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference to win their second straight MEAC title and eighth overall. It was only the school’s third season of 10 wins or more. N.C. A&T also captured their third Black College National Championship thanks in part to winning the inaugural Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl 41-34 over Alcorn State on Dec. 19, 2015.

“We’re good enough to where we have a chance,” said Broadway. “Even with the success we’ve had, we have to continually get better. Every team in this league is getting better, so we can’t rely on our past accomplishments to help us this year.”

pippen says his '95-'96 bulls would sweep curry's warriors in a 7 game series, what's your take?

Scottie Pippen says 1995-96 Bulls would sweep Warriors news services

The Golden State Warriors are closing in on the NBA record for most victories in a single season, set by the Chicago Bulls in 1995-96.

But Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen evidently doesn't think Golden State would match up well with his record-setting Chicago squad. In a recent interview, he said the 1995-96 Bulls would sweep the Warriors in a hypothetical series between the teams.

"Bulls in four [games]," Pippen said during an interview at an AT&T event in Houston.

Pippen was then offered a chance to clarify his prediction and was asked whether he thought the Bulls would have an off-night against Golden State.

I don't think we'd take a night off," he said.

Pippen predicted that he would draw the assignment of guarding league MVP Stephen Curry, while Michael Jordan would guard Klay Thompson.

"I think that my size and length would bother [Curry] a little bit," said Pippen, who declared that he could limit Curry to fewer than 20 points.

Pippen teamed with Jordan to help the Bulls win six NBA championships, including three in a row from 1996 to '98. Chicago went 72-10 in the 1995-96 season before beating the Seattle SuperSonics in the NBA Finals

The defending NBA champion Warriors need to go 5-1 in their remaining six games to finish this season with a 73-9 record.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr was a reserve point guard on that Bulls team. Asked about the comparison before Sunday's home game against the Portland Trail Blazers, a 136-111 win, Kerr said it didn't bother him.

"First of all, it's a really hard question to answer," Kerr said. "Not just because you're comparing eras, but literally it's tough for me to answer, grammatically, because I don't know who 'we' is and who 'they' are. I'll just say if the two teams play each other, there's no question we can beat us and they can beat them."

Kerr said it was tough to compare the teams because of their differing eras.

"For example, if you actually put the teams in a hypothetical game, my guess is the Bulls would be called for a million hand-check fouls, and we would be called for a million illegal defenses when we overloaded the strong side," Kerr said. "So the game would take, like, six hours because the refs would be calling stuff all game. It's kind of hard to get past that. Now, they wouldn't call traveling in either era."

« on: October 13, 2015, 04:15:37 PM »

Courtesy: MEAC Media Relations
  Release: 10/13/2015

NORFOLK, Va. – Hampton junior Malia Tate-DeFreitas was selected the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Women’s Basketball Preseason Player of the Year, announced today. North Carolina A&T State was predicted to win the regular season title as voted on by the conference’s head women’s basketball coaches and sports information directors.

Tate-DeFreitas, who has amassed 1,277 career points during two seasons at Hampton, averaged 21.3 points (1st in MEAC), 3.0 steals (2nd in MEAC), shot 77-percent from the foul line (6th in MEAC) and 29-percent from behind the 3-point line (11th) last year. She also ranked 14th nationally in scoring and 15th in steals. Tate-DeFreitas scored 20+ points 21 times, including a season- and career-high 39 points against Howard. She also registered a season-high six steals three times.

North Carolina A&T State totaled 310 points and 10 first-place votes to earn the top spot. Last year, the Aggies finished third in the conference with a 12-4 mark and a 20-11 overall record. N.C. A&T State returns three starters from last year’s team with the addition of four newcomers. The Aggies open the season on November 14 at home against Florida Gulf Coast.

Hampton was picked to finish second with 307 points and 10 first-place votes. The Lady Pirates recorded a 19-13 overall record and a 14-2 mark in MEAC play. Hampton received a bid to the Women’s NIT last season and defeated Drexel, 45-42, in the opening round before concluding the season with a loss to West Virginia in the second round.

Maryland Eastern Shore (259) received three first-place votes and was predicted to finish third, while Savannah State (239), the 2015 MEAC Basketball Tournament champions, garnered one first-place vote and Norfolk State (225) rounded out the top five preseason predictions.

Bethune-Cookman was chosen to finish sixth, followed by Coppin State (7th), South Carolina State (8th), Morgan State (9th), Florida A&M (10th), Howard (11th), North Carolina Central (12th) and Delaware State (13th).

Joining Tate-DeFreitas on the Preseason All-MEAC First Team was Bethune-Cookman’s Kailyn Williams, Norfolk State’s Kayla Roberts, North Carolina A&T State’s Adriana Nazario and Savannah State’s Kenyatta Hendrix.

The 2015-16 MEAC women’s basketball season tips off on Friday, Nov. 13 with eight MEAC teams in action.

The 2016 MEAC Basketball Tournament is scheduled for March 7-12 at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va.



2015-16 MEAC Women’s Basketball Preseason Predicted Order of Finish

As voted on by the Conference’s Head Women’s Basketball Coaches and Sports Information Directors

(First-Place Votes In Parenthesis)



1. North Carolina A&T State (10)

2. Hampton (10)

3. Maryland Eastern Shore (3)

4. Savannah State (1) 

5. Norfolk State

6. Bethune-Cookman

7. Coppin State (2)

8. South Carolina State

9. Morgan State

10. Florida A&M

11. Howard

12. North Carolina Central

13. Delaware State


2015-16 Women’s Basketball Preseason All-MEAC Teams

As voted on by the Conference’s Head Men’s Basketball Coaches and Sports Information Directors


Preseason Player of the Year: Malia Tate-DeFreitas, Hampton


First Team


Malia Tate-DeFreitas
Harrisburg, Pa.

Kenyata Hendrix
Savannah State
Carrollton, Ga.

Adriana Nazario
North Carolina A&T State
Charleston, W.Va.

Kayla Roberts
Norfolk State
Miami Gardens, Fla.

Kailyn Williams
New Orleans, La.


Second Team


Kendra Cooper
Spring, Texas

Braennan Farrar
Morgan State
St. Louis, Mo.

Jordan Swails
Coppin State
Upper Marlboro, Md.

Alexis Udoji
Maryland Eastern Shore
Randolph, Mass.

Aprill McRae
North Carolina A&T State
Raleigh, N.C.

Third Team


Ryan Jordan
Manassas, Va.

Christina Carter
North Carolina A&T State
Thomasville, N.C.

Toni Greer
South Carolina State
Powder Springs, Ga.

Amber Bogard
Delaware State
        Cleveland, Ohio

Victoria Gonzales
Atlanta, Ga.


Sports Forum / A&T Picked To Win MEAC, Cohen Named Preseason POTY
« on: August 01, 2015, 02:44:04 PM »

A&T Picked To Win MEAC, Cohen Named Preseason POTY

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
Release: 07/31/2015

NORFOLK, Va. – The North Carolina A&T football team went nine straight seasons (2004-12) without being predicted to finish in the top 5 of the MEAC standings.
On Friday at the annual MEAC Media Luncheon at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott, the Aggies were not only picked to win the league, but MEAC head coaches and sports information directors also selected A&T star junior running back Tarik Cohen (5-foot-6, 173, Bunn, N.C.) as the preseason offensive player of the year. Joining Cohen on the preseason first team are senior cornerback Tony McRae (5-9, 178, Laurinburg, N.C.), redshirt junior defensive tackle Marquis Ragland (6-3, 271, Fayetteville, N.C.) and junior place kicker Cody Jones (5-11, 141, Gastonia, N.C.).
Senior defensive tackle Michael Neal (5-11, 260, Greensboro, N.C.) , senior rover Landis Shoffner (6-0, 186, Greensboro, N.C.) and redshirt sophomore left tackle Brandon Parker (6-7, 279, Kannapolis, N.C.) were second-team selections, while junior offensive guard Wes Cole (6-6, 335, Norwood, N.C.) was selected to the third team.
A&T, who finished last season 9-3 overall and 6-2 in the MEAC, received nine out of 22 first-place votes and received 425 points, 17 more than S.C. State who was picked to finish second with four first-place votes. Bethune-Cookman (one first-place vote), N.C. Central (four first-place votes) and Morgan State, last season’s MEAC representative in the NCAA FCS playoffs, rounded out the top 5. The MEAC race finished in a five-way tie for first in 2014 with A&T, Morgan State, Bethune-Cookman, NCCU and S.C. State sharing the MEAC title.

“How about that?” said fifth-year head coach Rod Broadway about being picked to win the conference. Broadway is four wins shy of his 100th career victory.
“When we stated four years ago, no one thought we were in the position to compete for a championship after coming off 27 straight losses,” he continued. “Just getting to the point where we are expected to do well is a great accomplishment by our players and coaches.”
Cohen, the league’s co-offensive player of the year in 2014, is coming off of a season where he rushed for 1,340 yards and 15 touchdowns, the second most yards in a season in A&T history. Only Maurice Hicks (2,812) has rushed for more yards in a two-year period than Cohen (2,488) in program history. Cohen has led in the MEAC in rushing over his first two seasons at A&T, and also led the MEAC in scoring (96 points) and touchdowns (16).
Nationally, he ranked third in yards per carry (6.8), 11th in rushing yards per game (121.8) and 15th in rushing TDs.
“He’s just a special talent,” Broadway said. “I think what makes him special is his will to win and work ethic. He is one of our most talented players, and he has the heart of a champion. He has an excellent skill set with that work ethic, which makes him a great player.”
McRae serves two roles for the Aggies. He is their top corner and kickoff returner. He was a first-team defensive back and second-team kickoff returner in 2014 after making five interceptions, breaking up 11 more passes and earning 25.7 yards per kickoff return. He ranked 13th nationally in passes defended (1.3 per game) and 15th in INTs (0.4 per game) as the Aggies led the nation in turnovers gained and were second in INTs.
Ragland is coming off a career season in which he made 69 tackles (38 unassisted), 15.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks and he blocked three kicks. From his nose guard position, he was third in the MEAC in sacks and fifth in tackles for loss.
Jones was a first-team 2014 All-MEAC selection after connecting on 15 of 19 (.789) field goals and 45 of 47 (.957) extra points. His 90 points were second in the MEAC behind Cohen. He led the conference in field goal percentage and was second in extra point percentage. Jones also doubled as the Aggies punter last season, ranking seventh in the league in yards per punt.
A&T opens the season Sept. 5 at home against Shaw University at 6 p.m. The Aggies first conference game is Oct. 3 at Hampton at 1 p.m.

Sports Forum / A&T Ranked Ninth In Final NTCA Poll
« on: June 26, 2015, 03:28:38 PM »

A&T Ranked Ninth In Final NTCA Poll

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
            Release: 06/22/2015

GREENSBORO – The North Carolina A&T women’s bowling team continued to make history after their 2014-15 season ended.

The Aggies ended the year ranked ninth in the final National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) poll, garnering the highest ranking in program history.

“Continuing to have the hard work of the ladies recognized by our peers is great,” head coach James Williams said. “It shows that we are going in the right direction and building a competitive program.”

A&T is coming off its best season in program history where it captured the school’s first national championship by winning the 2015 United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Intercollegiate Team Championships. The Aggies also produced two NTCA All-Americans last season in junior MEAC Bowler of the Year Emily Strombeck and sophomore MacKenzie Robinson.

The Aggies finished with an overall record of 76-40, marking back-to-back 70-plus wins seasons under Williams who was named MEAC Coach of the Year for the second straight season.


:bow:  this boy is sick!!  simply un-friggin-believable!!  most folks can't even make 10 free throws in a row, much less 77 "nba" 3 pointers in a row...   :nod:

Stephen Curry made 77 straight 3-pointers in practice, and 94 out of 100

This just in: Stephen Curry is ridiculous. The Warriors guard added to his burgeoning legend Tuesday with an eye-popping display of marksmanship.

According to ESPN, Curry drained 94 out off 100 three-point shot attempts in a team practice, including a streak of 77 in a row. From three-point range. 77. In. A. Row.

That’s just, well, I already used “ridiculous,” so how about, oh, stupid. Yeah, that’s just stupid.

This x 77 times in a row = Stephen Curry » #SPLASH #KiaMVP

— Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) April 15, 2015

Curry roamed around the three-point line, which ranges from 22 feet away from the basket in the corners to 23 feet, nine inches away, taking 10 shots at a time. He told ESPN that the 77 straight makes was a personal record, while teammate Klay Thompson, an excellent shooter in his own right, said that his own best streak of threes was 36 in a row.

Stories like this do nothing to detract from the sense that Curry is very likely to win his first MVP award this season. Well, that and the fact that he is the best player on a Golden State team that, at 66-15, has distanced itself from the rest of the NBA. Oh, and when Curry is not draining shots from long range, he’s clowning other top guards off the dribble.


personally, i really think “play in” games are good for hbcu’s basically for 2 reasons. 

1 – hbcu’s very rarely have a chance to upset a #1 or a #2 seed.  but hbcu’s clearly have at least a 50/50 chance of winning a play in game.  i think its great just to see an hbcu win a game “period” during march madness regardless to whether its a play in game or not. 

2 – the big dogs don’t play on the same night as the play in games.  thus, the play in games receive the “national spotlight” without having to share the stage with the big dogs.  same “intense” environment before a big crowd in a march madness atmosphere but complete “national exposure”, even from folks who know nothing at all about our schools.  naturally the play in games draw great ratings because it kicks off the march madness tournament!  so a lot of folks tune in even though they’re not affiliated with either school.

some folk may feel that its a slap in the face to play in the play in game.  if i were an alum of a major d1 school, i’d feel the same way.  but for hbcu’s?  its not a slap in the face.  we don’t have the resources that the big schools have and to be honest, our schools generally can’t play on a “top 20” level.  no hbcu in history has ever advanced beyond the first round, we’ve never had a second round victory.

so i’m totally in favor of hbcu’s playing in the play in games.  what’s your take?

Sports Forum / A&T to take ownership of War Memorial Stadium
« on: March 09, 2015, 06:00:51 PM »
A&T to take ownership of War Memorial Stadium
Posted: Monday, March 9, 2015 3:45 pm
Staff Reports

GREENSBORO — N.C. A&T and the city have reached a deal on War Memorial Stadium.

In a letter dated today, A&T Chancellor Harold Martin said the university will pay $2.5 million toward preserving and renovating the venerable ballpark.

The city will contribute $1.5 million toward repairs and transfer ownership of the stadium to A&T.

"Significant renovations to the stadium will allow it to continue to be home to our baseball team," Martin wrote to City Manager Jim Westmoreland, "and provide the university with an additional venue to serve students, alumni and the community."

Sports Forum / WSSU's embarrasment of riches at QB position....
« on: September 15, 2014, 12:57:12 PM »
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Winston-Salem State’s quarterback competition is so tight that one bad throw determined the starter for Thursday’s final preseason scrimmage.

That left redshirt senior Phillip Sims shaking his head in disappointment after the two-hour session. For all the tight spirals and perfectly placed balls on fade routes and to receivers dashing across the field, there was still one throw he wanted back.

Sims admitted he should’ve thrown rock instead of paper before practice.

“We did it like six times,” Sims said. “I was running out of options.”

And so Rudy Johnson took the opening snaps.

Sports Forum / A&T Aggies' Isles, Olatoye Make NFL Practice Squads
« on: September 02, 2014, 10:28:58 PM »
Isles, Olatoye Make Practice Squads
Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
            Release: 09/02/2014


GREENSBORO – Two North Carolina A&T Aggies from the 2013 football team made NFL practice squads, which were announced by the respective teams on Tuesday.

Former Aggies right tackle Nathan Isles is member of the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks practice squad, while former Aggies cornerback Ayodeji Olatoye made the Baltimore Ravens practice squad. Both men signed as undrafted free agents.

Isles (6-5, 324, Atlanta, Ga.) came to North Carolina A&T to play defensive line. By his sophomore season he was a fixture on the Aggies offensive line at right tackle. He helped Mike Mayhew lead the conference in rushing in 2011 and assisted Tarik Cohen in doing the same in 2013. Isles played more than 1,500 snaps, started 31 games (two as a defensive tackle) and made 42 appearances. 

Olatoye (6-1, 198, Dublin, Ohio) transferred to A&T from the University of Colorado. He started all 21 games he appeared in as an Aggie over two seasons. In his Aggies career, he recorded 78 tackles, picked off five passes and broke up 13 more. Olatoye always intrigued scouts with his size and length. 


NORFOLK, Va., July 25, 2014 - Howard quarterback Greg McGee was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while Norfolk State linebacker Lynden Trail was awarded preseason Defensive Player of the Year honors by the MEAC head football coaches and sports information directors.

McGee, the defending Co-Player of the Year, led the MEAC in total offense last season accumulating 272.9 yards. He ranked second in the MEAC in passing yards with 198.2. McGee completed 59 percent of his passes last season (228-385) while compiling a 16 to 12 touchdown to interception ratio in 12 games. A true dual threat McGee ran for 896 yards, third best in the conference, with three rushing touchdowns.

McGee, was also highly ranked nationally during his junior campaign; his total offensive yardage ranked him 19th in the country, while his 19 completions per game ranked him 31st in the NCAA. Last year he earned Player of the Week honors twice.

Senior Lynden Trail recorded 94 tackles last season on a Spartan defense that ranked fourth in scoring defense and fifth in overall defense in the conference.

A great pass rusher, Trail recorded the second most sacks for the Spartans (8.5), fifth best in the MEAC. He also registered 12.5 tackles for a loss. He intercepted two passes, posted eight pass breaks, and blocked two field goal attempts during the 2013 season. To his credit, Trail also forced five fumbles and recovered two of them. He finished tied at the number one position in the nation with 0.42 forced fumbles per game.

In January, Trail was named Black College All-American by SBN Sports. Additionally, Trail was awarded first-team Division I FCS All-American and was a first-team All-MEAC performer last season.

Listed below are the 2014 MEAC Preseason Predicted Order of Finish and Preseason All-MEAC teams:

2014 Predicted Order of Finish
(First Place Votes in Parenthesis)
School Points
1. Bethune-Cookman 487
2. South Carolina State 457
3. North Carolina A&T 338
4. Howard 309
5. Delaware State 229
6. Norfolk State 225
7. Hampton 200
8. North Carolina Central 187
9. Morgan State 148

** Florida A&M and Savannah State are not eligible for post season competition therefore is not listed on the above prediction order

2014 Football All-Conference Preseason Teams
Offensive Player of the Year: Greg McGhee, Howard Defensive Player of the Year: Lynden Trail, Norfolk State

Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
QB Greg McGhee Sr. Howard Pittsburgh, Pa.
RB Tarik Cohen So. N.C. A&T Bunn, N.C.

RB Anthony Philyaw So. Howard Los Angeles, Ca.
WR Milton Williams III Sr. Delaware State Washington, D.C.
WR Desmond Lawrence Sr. N.C. A&T Durham, N.C.
TE Kris Drummond Sr. Savannah State Washington D.C.
C Andrew Edouard Sr. Bethune-Cookman Philadelphia, Pa.
OL Domanic Wilson r-Sr. S.C. State Lake City, S.C.
OL Willie Robinson r-Sr. N.C A&T Clinton. Md.
OL Darren Pinnock Sr. Morgan State Miami, Fla
OL Devin Flowers r-Sr. S.C. State Charlotte, N.C.
OL Toree Boyd So. Howard Miami, Fla.

Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
DL LeBrandon Richardson Jr. Bethune-Cookman Miami, Fla.
DL Miles Grooms Jr. Hampton Richmond, Va
DL Alex Glover Jr. S.C. State Charlotte, N.C.
DL Andrew Carter Sr. S.C. State Hamlet, N.C.
LB Lynden Trail r-Sr. Norfolk State Miami, Fla.
LB D’Vonte Grant Grad. North Carolina A&T Charlotte, N.C.
LB Tavarus Dantzler Sr. Bethune-Cookman Homestead, Fla.
DB Darrin Marrow r-Sr. Norfolk State Virginia Beach, Va.
DB Cameron Alston r-Sr. Howard North Augusta, S.C.
DB Mike Jones So. N.C. Central Baltimore,Md.
DB Marquis Drayton Jr. Bethune-Cookman Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
P Lawrence Forbes r-So. Morgan State Upper Marlboro, Md.
PK Anthony Prevost r-So. Hampton Chesterfield, Va.
RS Adrian Wilkins r-Jr. N.C. Central Forest City, N.C.

Second Team


Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
QB Quentin Williams r-Sr. Bethune-Cookman Tampa, Fla.
RB Lamont Brown III r-So. Morgan State Suffolk, Va.
RB Justin Taylor r- Jr. S.C. State Atlanta, Ga.
WR Joseph Cervalo r-Sr. Delaware State Venice
WR Thomas Martin r-So. Morgan State Naples, Fla.
TE* James Lynch r-Jr. Norfolk State Darby, Pa.
TE* Temarrick Hemingway r-Jr. S.C. State Loris, SC
C Ronald Canty r-Sr. N.C. A&T Chester, S.C.
OL John Smith r-Jr. Howard Atlanta. Ga.
OL Jerron Searles Jr. Delaware State Atlantic City, N.J.
OL Keonte Cash So. Florida A&M Miami, Fla.
OL Justin Myler r-Sr. Norfolk State Woodbridge, Va.
OL Chris Pressley Sr. N.C. Central Upper Marlboro, Md.

Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
DL Rodney Gunter Sr. Delaware State Lake Hamilton, Fla.
DL Damon Gresham-Chisolm Jr. Howard Covington, GA
DL Ronnie Barrow Sr. Bethune-Cookman
DL Demarco Bisbee
Javon Hargrave r-Jr.
Jr. Morgan State
S.C. State Lansing, Mich.
Salisbury, NC
LB Joshua Thorne Jr. Hampton Oxon Hill, Md.
LB Cody Acker Sr. Morgan State Landover, Md.
LB Marquis Smith So. Savannah State Prince Georges County, Md.
DB Khambrel McGee Sr. Hampton Miami, Fla.
DB Devonte Johnson Sr. Florida A&M Tallahassee, Fla.
DB Tony McRae Jr. N.C. A&T Laurinburg, N.C.
DB* Patrick Aiken r-So. Florida A&M Pembroke Pines, Fla.
DB* Keenan Lambert r-Sr. Norfolk State Norfolk, Va.
P Christian Faber-Kinney r-So. Hampton Williamsburg, Va.
PK Chase Varnadore Sr. Florida A&M Tallahassee, Fla.
RS Tony McRae Jr. N.C. A&T Laurinburg, N.C.

Third Team


Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
QB Damien Fleming Sr. Florida A&M Jacksonville, Fla.
RB Jorrian Washington r-Sr. Hampton Los Angeles, Ca.
RB Dae-Hon Cheung Sr. Delaware State Coatesville, Pa.
WR DennisRowe r-Sr. S.C. State Columbia, S.C.
WR Jhomo Gordon Sr. Bethune-Cookman Palm Bay, Fla.
TE* Nathan Scruggs
Nate Ingram r-Jr.
Graduate N.C. Central
Howard Jacksonville, Fla.
Sicklerville, N.J.
C Erick Dickerson r-So. S.C. State Goose Creek, SC
OL Mike Phillips Jr. Norfolk State Virginia Beach, Va.
OL Clevonne Davis Jr. N.C. Central Miramar, FL
OL Afolabi Ayangbayi So. Savannah State Union, NJ
OL Ryan Templeton Sr. Florida A&M Chicago, Ill


Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
DL Michael Neal Jr. N.C. A&T Greensboro, N.C.
DL Daniel Pinnix Jr. N.C. A&T High Point, N.C.
DL Deon King Jr. Norfolk State Reston, Va
DL George Riddick Sr. Norfolk State Suffolk, Va.

LB Justin Hughes Jr. S.C. State Virginia Beach, Va.
LB Marcell Coke Sr. Norfolk State Orlando, Fla.
LB Justin Dixon Jr. Savannah State Duluth, Ga.
DB Ronald Robinson Sr. Delaware State Jersey City, N.J.
DB Julien David Sr. Howard Coral Springs, FL
DB Ryan Smith r-So. N.C. Central Upper Marlboro, Md.
P Greg Brown
DeShaun Summers
Domnic Frescura So.
So. Savannah State
Morgan State
N.C. A&T Tucker, Ga.
Hampton, *Va.
South Pasadena, CA
PK Cody Jones So. N.C. A&T Gastonia, N.C.


HU's Maynor settles in as program takes shape around him

July 17, 2014|By Dave Fairbank,
HAMPTON — When Connell Maynor arrives at his office at Hampton University's Armstrong Stadium, he is greeted by the sounds of construction equipment and earth movers and the rhythmic beep-beep-beep of heavy machinery in reverse.

"That's lovely," HU's new football coach said with a smile the other day. "The stadium and the bulldozers and the dump trucks and things of that nature, right outside the door. They're making a lot of noise for a good reason, putting down that turf."

Workers are roughly a month into the installation of a new, state-of-the-art artificial turf field at Armstrong Stadium.

Work involved stripping away the old grass surface, then leveling and grading the field. A drainage base and foundation are spread over the playing field, and finally the turf is rolled out, secured, smoothed and painted.

The project was delayed several weeks as the school obtained the necessary permits from the city of Hampton. The original timetable called for work to be complete by the end of July. Now, Maynor said the field is likely to be ready by the second week of August.

"What I wanted to do," Maynor said, "is make sure we were able to get a couple weeks of practice on it, and we'll be able to do that. We'll be fine."

As metaphors go, you could do worse than likening the field work at Armstrong Stadium to Maynor's task. He aims to strip away the remnants of back-to-back losing seasons, to rebuild a foundation and finally to present a finished product that returns Hampton to the top of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and beyond.

"I'm very pleased with the way the guys have responded to our coaching, our systems, the discipline that we've installed," Maynor said. "I do believe they've bought into the system.

"Now, we've got to get to playing some football. Of course, when you've got a new program, one of the things that you need is you really need success early. You need them to buy in. To get them to buy in, you need some success early, and then they really buy in. Now, we've got to get out there and try and get some wins early."

The Pirates' schedule isn't tailored for early success. HU opens at Old Dominion, in its first season as a full-go, Football Bowl Subdivision program. The next two games are versus William and Mary and Richmond, which return the majority of their starters and are expected to be in the upper tier of the Colonial Athletic Association.

"For me," Maynor said, "what I've got to do is I've got to get my players to learn, learn our system, understand our system, understand the game of football a little bit better — what teams are trying to do to us and what we want to do and why. Once you get the players to understand that and start executing that way, you'll start being successful."

New program and new location aside, Maynor said that this summer hasn't been dramatically different than previous summers as the head coach at Winston-Salem State.

"You've got kids going to summer school," he said. "You've got to make sure your guys stay eligible. You try to get as many as you can in summer school so those guys can work out, with weights and conditioning. You try to get some 7-on-7 (on-field workouts) in the afternoons. So it's pretty much the same, as far as daily routines and what you try to accomplish."

Maynor said the Pirates will add no FBS transfers to their core returnees and recruits.

"Too many of them were doing the wrong things or disrespecting women," he said. "I don't allow that in my program. Why would I bring in kids who had done those things when I'd have to let them go if they did it here?"

Maynor's teams went 45-6 in four years at WSSU, 29-2 in the CIAA. He stabilized a program that did an about-face from Division I transition back to Division II and flourished. He aims for similar success at HU, but is under no illusion that the climb will be easy.

"It doesn't matter if I'm at D-II, high school, D-I or the NFL," he said. "You've got to get your players to understand what you're trying to do, what defenses are trying to do to you and what we want to do when they do these things. The faster we can do that, the better off we'll be."

Fairbank can be reached at 757-247-4637

Lawrence Qualifies, Goes After National Title
Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
Release: 06/11/2014

EUGENE, ORE. -- Durham native Desmond Lawrence qualified for the NCAA 100 meter national championship final on Wednesday by running a personal-best 10.12 in the semifinal to finish tied for third.  

By earning a spot in the finals, Lawrence has earned first-team All-American honors. He is the first Aggie to earn first-team All-American honors in the 100 meters.

“We have a motto on this team,” said Duane Ross, A&T’s director of track and field programs. “It’s either feast or famine. After that we’ll take whatever we get. But at this point, it’s all or nothing. We’re going out here to try to win it.”

Lawrence will compete for a national championship in the 100 Friday night at 8. If he wins, Lawrence will become the Aggies' first-ever national champion. Lawrence finished third behind in his heat behind Baylor's Trayvon Bromwell (9.92) and USC's Aaron Brown (10.10).

“My preparation for the race was good, so I felt good coming into the race” said Lawrence. “The competition here helps me a lot. Once you get out into your drive phase, the guys to each side of you are going to push you to run faster. It gets pretty intense pretty fast.”

Lawrence led the race for the first 60 meters before Bromwell made his move into the lead. Ross said Lawrence showed his majority by putting together an excellent strategy for trying to win the race.

“He needs to stand taller, stay in his lane like he did today and just compete for a title,” said Ross about winning on Friday. “When you are at regionals and nationals, all you do is compete because the competition is so good.”

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