LINK: https://nccueaglepride.com/news/2018/8/28/game-notes-nccufootball-vs-prairie-view-am.aspx?path=footballTHE GAME North Carolina Central University "Eagles"
Prairie View A&M University "Panthers"
Sunday, September 2, 2018 – Kickoff at 12:00 p.m.
Georgia State Stadium (25,000 capacity/FieldTurf) - Atlanta, Ga.
N.C. Central (0-0 overall, 0-0 MEAC); Prairie View A&M (0-1 overall, 0-0 SWAC)
Audio: NCCU Sports Network "GameCentral" at NCCUEaglePride.com (internet stream). Broadcast starts at 11:40 a.m. (Jonathan Duren, play-by-play).
Video: ESPN2 (Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker and Olivia Harlan)
• North Carolina Central University is under the direction of first-year head coach Granville Eastman, who accepted the interim role after Jerry Mack left to be the offensive coordinator at Rice.
• This is NCCU's first appearance in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge and the Eagles first gridiron meeting against Prairie View A&M University.
• NCCU received votes in the STATS FCS Top 25 preseason poll, after finishing last season with a 7-4 overall record.
• NCCU senior safety Davanta Reynolds is the Preseason MEAC Defensive Player of the Year and a member of the STATS FCS Preseason All-America Team (Second Team) after recording six interceptions to tie for second among NCAA Division I-FCS leaders last year.
• In 2017, NCCU's defense ranked second in NCAA Division I-FCS and topped the MEAC in third-down conversion percentage defense (24.5 percent).
• Since the start of the 2012 season, NCCU has scored 36 touchdowns on defense and special teams, including three defensive scores last year.
• NCCU returns just nine starters (6 offense, 3 defense), but boasts nine members of the Preseason All-MEAC Team: First Team - DB Davanta Reynolds, RB Isaiah Totten, OL Nick Leverett, DL Kawuan Cox; Second Team - TE Josh McCoy, OL Andrew Dale, DL Randy Anyanwu; Third Team - WR Xavier McKoy, and DB De'Mario Evans.