MEAC Season Preview

Kenrick Ellis is a nominee for the 2010 Buchanan Award, sponsored by
To gain favor with the coaching staff, some South Carolina State football players stage a little competition.

They talk the talk, pointing out what they do well and what the others at their position don't.

It's all in fun, and some of the players, like the linebackers, are always chirping.

"They all run 4.6's and some change, so they can all fly," head coach Buddy Pough said. "And to hear them talk how slow he is ..."

In truth, some of the players have to look hard to find chinks in others' armor. South Carolina State is quite talented. In fact, there might not be an FCS team favored more heavily than the Bulldogs are to win their conference title this season.

SCSU has won 19 straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference games, and last season won all eight games by double-digits. They also return a veteran roster from a 10-2 team which nearly beat FCS power Appalachian State in the playoffs, losing 20-13 in the first round.

"Any time you have some success, you do draw attention of those you play - they want to make a name for themself," Pough said. "Just like the gun fight theory, you want to go get the guy who's the fastest draw. And at that point, you feel like you've established yourself. We are that guy right now and we hope that we can continue to be that guy."

South Carolina State is led by senior quarterback Malcolm Long, the MEAC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and a nominee for the Walter Payton Award, sponsored by, which honors the FCS outstanding player.

The Bulldogs' strong linebackers unit features David Erby, Julius Wilkerson and Donovan Richards, who finished 1-2-3 on the team in tackles last season.

Florida A&M was picked second in the MEAC's preseason poll. Rattlers coach Joe Taylor believes South Carolina State has separated itself from the pack by building stronger offensive and defensive lines than other conference teams. He seems to have a point - five of the nine linemen on the conference's preseason team are Bulldogs, including four on the offense.

Preseason MEAC
All-Conference Team
First-Team Offense

QB- Malcolm Long, South Carolina State
RB- DeAngelo Branche, Norfolk State
RB- Philip Sylvester, Florida A&M
TE- Lamont Bryant, Morgan State
WR- Willie Carter, Howard
WR- Isaac West, Howard
OL- Johnny Culbreath, South Carolina State
OL- Juavahr Nathan, South Carolina State
OL- Josh Harrison, South Carolina State
OL- Kendall Noble, Norfolk State
OL- Sam Timothy, South Carolina State

First-Team Defense

DL- Andre Carroll, Delaware State
DL- Kenrick Ellis, Hampton
DL- Josh Turner, Norfolk State
DL- Jayson Ayers, South Carolina State
LB- Alvis Graham, Florida A&M
LB- David Erby, South Carolina State
LB- Julio Sanchez, Hampton
DB- Qier Hall, Florida A&M
DB- Justin Ferrell, North Carolina A&T
DB- Quay Long, North Carolina A&T
DB- Darren McKahn, Morgan State

First-Team Specialists<i>

PK- Trevor Scott, Florida A&M
P- Nicholas Adams, Morgan State
Return- Dwight Fluker-Berry, Norfolk State

Florida A&M won't back down, however. The Rattlers' big shot at changing the MEAC race comes Oct. 2, when they host South Carolina State in Tallahassee.

North Carolina Central and Savannah State will compete as FCS independents this season and move into the MEAC next year.

Following is a team-by-team breakdown of the 2010 MEAC race.

The Sports Network's predicted order of finish:

1. South Carolina State
2. Florida A&M
3. Norfolk State
4. Hampton
5. North Carolina A&T
6. Morgan State
7. Delaware State
8. Bethune-Cookman
9. Howard

Offensive Player of the Year: Malcolm Long, QB, South Carolina State

Defensive Player of the Year: Kenrick Ellis, DT, Hampton


COACH: Buddy Pough (67-26 in eight seasons at South Carolina State)

STARTERS RETURNING: 14 (8 offense/6 defense)

OFFENSIVE STAR: QB Malcolm Long, Sr. (209 of 324, 2,502 yards, 20 TDs, 10 INTs; 5 rushing TDs)

DEFENSIVE STAR: LB David Erby, Sr. (82 TT, 4 sacks, 1 FR, 3 FF)

RB Asheton Jordan, So. (The Citadel transfer)
RB Chris Massey, Sr. FB/H-back Devin Wherry, So.
WR Richard Christie, Sr. (24 receptions, 241 yards, 1 TD)
WR/RS Lennel Elmore, So. (13 receptions, 87 yards)
WR Thomas Williams, Sr.
TE DeWain Clark, Sr. (8 receptions, 83 yards, 1 TD)
LT Johnny Culbreath, Sr.
LG Jake Johnson, Jr.
C Sam Timothy, Sr.
RG Juavahr Nathan, Jr.
RT Josh Harrison, Sr.
DE Pat Washington, Jr. (15 TT, 7 TFL, 4 sacks)
NG Ronell Ferguson, Jr. (23 TT, 4.5 TFL, 2 FR)
DE Jason Ayers, Sr. (25 TT, 5.5 TFL, 3 sacks, 1 INT, 2 FF)
LB Julius Wilkerson, Sr. (82 TT, 8.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 2 FF)
LB Donovan Richards, Jr. (55 TT, 5 TFL, 2 INTs, 3 FF)
LB Marshall McFadden, Sr. (injured last season)
LB Lataris Douglas, Jr. (37 TT, 6 sacks, 1 FR, 2 FF)
CB Devonne Quattlebaum, Sr. (48 TT, 5 TFL, 3 INTs, 3 PBU, 2 FR)
SS Christian Thompson, Jr. (11 TT)
FS Dominique Ellis, Jr. (23 TT, 3.5 TFL, 4 PBU)
PK/P Blake Erickson, Jr. (14 of 17 FG, 44 long; 34.4-yard punt average)

OUTLOOK: OK, there must be some faults with the Bulldogs, right? Well, they have lost Will Ford, the MEAC's all-time leading rusher, their top receivers and three-quarters of their starting secondary. But the disheartening meltdown against Appalachian State has made the Bulldogs determined to get the MEAC's first playoff win since 1999. Long and the new running backs get to work behind four linemen who earned all-conference preseason honors - Culbreath, Harrison, Nathan and Timothy. On defense, the linebackers rule with Erby and Wilkerson inside and former standout McFadden back after missing last season. The defense held opponents to 10 points or less in six wins. They open the season Sept. 4 at Georgia Tech.

2. FLORIDA A&M RATTLERS (8-3 overall; 6-2 MEAC)

COACH: Joe Taylor (17-6 in two seasons at Florida A&M; 214-82-4 in 30 overall seasons)

STARTERS RETURNING: 13 (6 offense/7 defense)

OFFENSIVE STAR: RB Philip Sylvester, Sr. (112 carries, 455 yards, 7 TDs)

DEFENSIVE STAR: LB Alvis Graham, Jr. (69 TT, 5.5 TFL, 1 sack)

QB Martin Ukpai, So. (9 of 13 for 170 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT; 15 carries, 114 yards, 1 TD)
QB Eddie Battle, Sr. (16 of 35 for 94 yards and 3 INTs)
TB Eddie Rocker, So. 49 carries, 231 yards, 2 TDs)
WR Isaac West, Sr. (36 receptions, 641 yards, 2 TDs)
WR Kevin Elliott, Jr. (44 receptions, 554 yards, 7 TDs)
WR Adrian Smith, Sr. (24 receptions, 218 yards)
RT Christopher Sands, Sr. LT Brandon Curry, Jr.
LG Steven Robinson, So. (UCF transfer)
DE Marquiste Ramos, Sr. (19 TT, 2.5 TFL)
DE Jerry Willis, Jr. (4 TT)
DE Kendrick Washington, Sr. (9 TT)
NG Nicolas Hollinhead, Jr.
LB Jerod Brisbon, So. (31 TT)
LB John Williams, So. (34 TT, 3 TFL)
CB Qier Hall, Sr. (42 TT, 3 INTs, 6 PBU)
CB Curtis Holcomb, Sr. (35 TT, 2 INTs, 3 PBU)
FS Greg Harvey, Jr. (46 TT, 4 PBU)
SS John Ojo, So. (19 TT)
PK Trevor Scott, Jr. (12 of 22 FG, 51 long)
P Branden Holdren, So. (36.8-yard punt average)
RS/DB Jarral Stewart, Jr.

OUTLOOK: Having coached Hampton for 16 seasons, Taylor knows what it takes to field successful teams in the MEAC. It usually means having a strong quarterback, and this season either Ukpai or Battle - or both - will have to replace 2009 MEAC Offensive Player of the Year Curtis Pulley. Sylvester should benefit with more carries after Pulley rushed for 881 yards last season. The receivers, led by Elliott, form a particularly strong unit. Both lines should be improved. The special teams lost all-world returner Leroy Vann, who returned five punts for touchdowns last season. With Ukpai and Battle seemingly ready at QB, and some underclassmen stepping into key roles, the Rattlers figure to be even better than last season.

3. NORFOLK STATE SPARTANS (7-4 overall; 5-3 MEAC)

COACH: Pete Adrian (28-28 in five seasons at Norfolk State; 64-65-1 in 12 overall seasons)

STARTERS RETURNING: 14 (7 offense/7 defense)

OFFENSIVE STAR: RB DeAngelo Branche, Sr. (175 carries, 922 yards, 10 TDs; 18 receptions, 250 yards, 1 TD)

DEFENSIVE STAR: Josh Turner, NG, Jr. (46 TT, 8 TFL, 2 sacks, 3 QBH)

QB Chris Walley, Jr. (Joliet JC transfer)
RB Donovan Cotton, Sr. (60 carries, 281 yards, 2 TDs)
RB Marvin Ford, Fr.
WR Jeremy Wicker, Sr. (25 receptions, 191 yards)
WR Nigel McCowan, Sr. (11 receptions, 97 yards)
C William Falakiseni, Sr.
LT Kendall Noble, Jr.
LG Calton Ford, Sr.
RG Markeece Preston, Sr.
RT Ryan Hathaway, Jr.
DT Ray Jennings, Sr. (25 TT, 6.5 TFL, 4 sacks)
DT Tory Williams, So. (17 TT, 4 TFL, 2 PBU)
ILB Anthony Taylor, Sr. (81 TT, 12.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks, 2 PBU)
ILB Corwin Hammond, Jr. (67 TT, 8.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 2 FR, 2 FF)
ILB Onyemechi Anyaugo, Jr. (35 TT, 5 QBH, 2 FF)
CB Jamie Short, Sr. (28 TT, 2 INTs, 3 PBU)
CB Dante Barnes, Sr. (20 TT, 3 INTs, 1 FR)
PK Ryan Estep, Jr.
RS Dwight Fluker-Berry, Sr. (22-yard KO return average; 10.4-yard punt return average)

OUTLOOK: A season-ending, four-game winning streak lifted the Spartans into the offseason. Adrian thought last year's 37-10 loss to South Carolina State was misleading and that the Spartans can match up with the two-time defending MEAC champion. His team will run the ball well with a veteran offensive line and Branche, the top returning rusher in the conference. Rolly picked up the system well in spring practices and hopes to settle in as the starting quarterback. The Spartans' defense features an outstanding interior lineman in the 6-foot, 315-pound Turner. Add in active LBs Taylor and Hammond with a veteran secondary, and opponents should find it to be a difficult defense. A mid-October stretch including South Carolina State and Hampton on the road and then Florida A&M will determine whether it could be a November to remember.

4. HAMPTON PIRATES (5-6 overall; 3-5 MEAC)

COACH: Donovan Rose (5-6 in one season at Hampton)

STARTERS RETURNING: 13 (6 offense/7 defense)

OFFENSIVE STAR: QB Herbert Bynes, Sr. (59 of 115 for 987 yards, 8 TDs and 5 INTs)

DEFENSIVE STAR: DT Kenrick Ellis, Sr.

QB David LeGree, Jr. (53 of 129 for 803 yards, 7 TDs and 2 INTs)
HB Steve Robinson, Sr. (92 carries, 510 yards, 4 TDs; 10 receptions, 144 yards)
HB Jeremiah Schwartz, So. (Iowa State transfer)
WR Isaiah Thomas, Jr. (27 receptions, 550 yards, 6 TDs)
WR Reginald Hicks, Jr. (26 receptions, 285 yards, 3 TDs)
WR Nu'Keese Richardson, So. (Tennessee transfer)
RT Michael Ola, Sr.
RG Trey Fowlkes, Jr. L
G Jamal Lewis, Sr. (Middle Tennessee State transfer)
LT Rafael Vasquez, Jr.
OL Jobie Dowling, Jr.
DE Brandon Peguese, Jr. (53 TT, 16 TFL, 7.5 sacks, 2 FR)
DL William Nacouzi, Jr. (San Francisco College transfer)
OLB Darius Johnson, Sr. (23 TT)
ILB Julio Sanchez, Sr. (98 TT, 8 TFL, 2 FR, 1 FF)
CB/PR James Butts, Jr. (27 TT, 3 TFL; 11.4-yard punt return)
SS Ricardo Silva, Sr. (66 TT, 2 INTs, 4 PBU)
FS Jacobi Fenner, Sr. (50 TT, 4.5 TFL, 1 INT)
CB Micah Pellerin, Jr. (32 TT, 1 INT, 7 PBU)
DB Christopher Cills, Sr. (20 TT, 3 PBU)
PK/P Jordan Stovall, So. (7 of 15 FG, 39 long)
PK Rodrigo Hernandez, Fr.

OUTLOOK: A rare losing season hasn't sat well with the Pirates, the former MEAC leader who went a combined 31-5 under Joe Taylor from 2004-06. As they seek a turnaround, they face a schedule that has seven road games and only four home games (it includes a first-ever game against an FBS opponent, Sept. 4 at Central Michigan). The defense will get nasty at times. DT Ellis and ILB Sanchez (the MEAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year) are capable of All-America seasons and DE Peguese had 16 tackles for losses last season, yet Rose says his secondary might be the strength of the defense because of its experience. Silva had 66 tackles as the strong safety. On offense, fast HB Robinson will be more of a workhorse following the departure of 1,000-yard rusher LaMarcus Coker. But look for a better passing game. An ankle injury limited Bynes last season, a year after he threw for a school-record 2,713 yards.

5. NORTH CAROLINA A&T AGGIES (5-6 overall; 3-5 MEAC)

COACH: Alonzo Lee (5-6 in one season at North Carolina A&T)

STARTERS RETURNING: 14 (8 offense/6 defense)

OFFENSIVE STAR: RB Mike Mayhew, Jr. (111 carries, 471 yards, 6 TDs)

DEFENSIVE STAR: SS Justin Ferrell, Jr. (37 TT, 6 INTs, 3 PBU, 1 FR)

QB Lewis Kimble, So. (40 of 77 for 354 yards, 2 TDs and 4 INTs)
RB/WR Larry Raper, So. (16 carries, 93 yards, 1 TD; 15 receptions, 166 yards)
RB C.J. Frederick, Fr.
WR Wallace Miles, Jr. (42 receptions, 494 yards, 3 TDs)
WR Eldridge Cooper, So. (18 receptions, 113 yards)
TE Devon Stewart, R-Fr. LG Kreg Carter, Jr.
RT Enoch Cohen, Sr.
RG Alex Harper, Sr.
C Thomas Hearn, Jr.
C Brent Walker, Jr.
LG Jason Valmont, Jr.
DT Micah Stanfield, So. (23 TT, 4 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 2 FR)
DT Eric Young, Fr.
MLB Brandon Jackson, Sr. (69 TT, 5.5 TFL, 2 FR)
OLB Jeremy Graham, Sr. (55 TT, 5.5 TFL)
LB Jamal Wardlaw, Jr. (15 TT, 3 QBH)
CB D'Vonte Graham, So. (13 TT, 8 PBU)
CB/PR Quay Long, Jr. (37 TT, 3 INTs, 5 PBU; 11.4-yard punt return average, 1 TD)
FS Marquee Sutton,
R-Fr. PK Patrick Courtney, So. (4 of 12 FG, 34 long)
P Alex Grubb, So. (37.1-yard punt average)

OUTLOOK: The back-to-back 0-11 seasons of 2006 and '07 are in the Aggies' rear-view mirror after they posted their highest MEAC and overall win totals - five - since 2003. They figure to have a similar season this fall. The Aggies need good decision-making at quarterback as the sophomore Kimble takes over. He has help, though. Mayhew is coming off a season in which he won MEAC Rookie of the Year honors and the offensive line returns all five starters. A defense that was awful from 2006-08 made big strides last season. SS Ferrell's six interceptions led the conference and CB Long gives the Aggies another superb junior. They are rebuilding their four-man defensive line, with DT Stanfield the only returning starter.

6. MORGAN STATE BEARS (6-5 overall; 4-4 MEAC)

STARTERS RETURNING: 12 (6 offense/6 defense)

COACH: Donald Hill-Eley (42-48 in nine seasons at Morgan State)

OFFENSIVE STAR: TB/FB Jourdan Brooks, Jr. (Rutgers transfer)

DEFENSIVE STAR: CB Darren McKhan, Sr. (32 TT, 2 INTs, 6 PBU, 1 FF)

QB Donovan Dickerson, So. (3 of 10 for 29 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT)
QB Delonte Williams, R-Fr.
WR Winfred Diggs, Jr. (38 receptions, 276 yards, 1 TD)
WR Chuka Okakpu, Fr.
TE Lamont Bryant, Jr. (18 receptions, 251 yards, 2 TDs)
C Joshua Durden, So.
LG Ronnie Wilson, Sr.
LT Lawrence Brewer, Jr.
DL Emmanuel Barnett, Jr.
DE Zary Stewart, Jr. (35 TT, 7 TFL, 5 QBH)
DT Bricen Tate, Sr. (48 TT, 1.5 sacks)
DT Sheldon Jacques, Jr. (25 TT, 5.5 TFL, 3 sacks)
OLB Chris Eugene, So. (14 TT, 3 sacks)
MLB Allen Stephens, So. (11 TT)
PK Kemar Scarlett, Jr. (9 of 12 FG, 55 long)
P Nicholas Adams, Sr. (39.6-yard punt average)
RS/WR Chris Flowers, R-Fr.

OUTLOOK: Hill-Eley's teams often hover around the .500 mark, but that appears to be a stretch this season. It's almost unfair what the Bears lost this offseason: their starting quarterback (Carlton Jackson), top running back (Devan James) and top six tacklers, including LB George Howard, who totaled 130 tackles while earning MEAC Defensive Player of the Year honors. If they're going to win, they better do it during the first half of the season because their final four games are at Florida A&M (Oct. 30) and Norfolk State (Nov. 6) and against South Carolina State (Nov. 13) and Hampton (Nov. 20). The 6-1, 245- pound Brooks is a bruiser who should make an immediate impact. Bryant, who earned All-MEAC preseason honors, and Diggs are reliable receivers. Defensively, the experienced front of Stewart, Tate and Jacques is solid. The kicking game is even better with P Adams and PK Scarlett. Still, Hill-Eley will need some unheralded players to step into key roles.

7. DELAWARE STATE HORNETS (4-7 overall; 3-5 MEAC)

COACH: Alton Lavan (38-29 in six seasons at Delaware State; 40-30 in seven overall seasons)

STARTERS RETURNING: 7 (6 offense/1 defense)

OFFENSIVE STAR: RB Jaashawn Jones, Jr. (151 carries, 632 yards, 5 TDs)

DEFENSIVE STAR: DT Andre Caroll, Sr. (56 TT, 7 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 1 FF)

QB Anthony Glaud, Sr. (127 of 220 for 1,294 yards, 5 TDs and 7 INTs)
QB Nick Elko, So. (35 of 69 for 326 yards and 3 INTs)
WR Darius Jackson, Jr. (41 receptions, 476 yards)
WR/KR Larrone Moore, Sr. (33 receptions, 315 yards; 25.6-yard KO return average, 1 TD)
WR/RS Travis Tarpley, So. (26.3-yard KO return average)
LT Nail Muradymov,So.
RG Darryl Hicks, Sr.
RT Keith Newell, So. (Rutgers transfer)
C Marcus Ponder, Jr.
LG Thomas Threadgill, Jr.
DT Wayne Thomas, So. (Rutgers transfer)
DE Olusegun Ayanbiola, So. (5 TT, 1 INT)
OLB Kevin Green, Sr. (27 TT, 1 FR)
MLB John Sutton, Sr. (14 TT)
SS Calvin Miner, So. (23 TT)
FS Tavis Tabb, Jr. (13 TT, 1 INT)
PK Mario Diaz-Aviles, Fr.

OUTLOOK: The Hornets have the fewest returning starters in the MEAC with seven. That includes only one player on the defensive side of the ball, DT Caroll, their leading tackler last season. Lavan is seeking better play from his defensive ends and defensive backs. Offensively, the line lost a lot, but it has plenty of size and talent. Glaud hopes to jump-start the struggling offense after he threw for 315 yards in a season-ending win over Howard last year, completing 11 passes in the game to Jackson. RB Jones came on strong, rushing for over 100 yards in four of the last five games. The Hornets are only three years removed from going 9-0 in the MEAC and reaching the FCS playoffs (and doing it without scoring 30 points in a game). They're probably a year away from a big move in the win column.


COACH: Brian Jenkins (first season)

STARTERS RETURNING: 16 (7 offense/9 defense)

OFFENSIVE STAR: QB Matt Johnson, Sr. (63 of 117 for 823 yards, 1 TD and 7 INTs; 91 carries, 223 yards, 1 TD)

DEFENSIVE STAR: MLB Reggie Sandilands, Jr. (71 TT, 11 TFL, 1 INT, 5 QBH)

RB Androse Bell, Sr. (56 carries, 219 yards, 2 TDs)
FB Jonathan Moment, So. (55 carries, 209 yards, 6 TDs)
WR Jevaughn Reams, Sr. (37 receptions, 553 yards)
WR Maurice Francois, Jr. (134 carries, 389 yards, 2 TDs)
WR Courtney Keith, So. (4 receptions, 56 yards; 19 carries, 114 yards, 2 TDs)
LG Brandon Gould, Sr.
RG Vernard West, Sr.
LT Alex Monroe, So.
DT Jaermal Walls, Sr. (22 TT)
DT Jamiel Farrington, Jr. (21 TT, 4 TFL, 1 FF)
DE Ryan Davis, Jr. (55 TT, 9 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 1 FR, 2 FF)
DE Kentrell Harris, So. (21 TT, 6 TFL, 1 FR, 1 FF)
SLB Ryan Lewis, Jr. (65 TT, 10 TFL, 3 INTs, 1 FF)
FS Michael Williams, Sr. (23 TT, 3 INTs)
CB D.J. Howard, Jr. (21 TT, 4 PBU)
CB Ozzie Slater, Sr. (24 TT, 2 INTs, 5 PBU)
SS Jean Fanor, Sr. (41 TT, 2 PBU, 1 FR)
SS Arkee Smith, Sr. (43 TT, 4 PBU)
P/PK Kory Kowalski, So. (37.4-yard punt average; 4 of 7 FG, 40 long)
PK Sven Hurd, R-Fr.

OUTLOOK: Jenkins arrives from Rutgers, where he coached the wide receivers last season after spending the 2002-08 seasons as running backs coach and special teams coordinator at Louisiana-Lafayette. He is changing the Wildcats' offense from an option style to a passing attack, hoping to solve a minus-15 turnover ratio. Johnson, who threw for only one touchdown against seven interceptions, has to show he can make the switch. Francois, who made nine starts at QB, has been moved to a slot receivers spot, while top WR Reams returns off a 37-catch season. The offensive line isn't particularly experienced, so it is a question mark. Sandilands is the standout of a defense that could be on the field more often with the offense in transition.

9. HOWARD BISON (2-9 overall; 0-8 MEAC)

COACH: Carey Bailey (7-26 in three seasons at Howard)

STARTERS RETURNING: 12 (7 offense/5 defense)

OFFENSIVE STAR: WR Willie Carter, Jr. (46 receptions, 630 yards, 5 TDs)

DEFENSIVE STAR: OLB Keith Pough, So. (57 TT, 12.5 TFL, 1 INT)

QB Jarad Dorsey, So. (3 of 6 for 9 yards)
RB Terrence Lefall, Jr. (20 carries, 74 yards, 2 TDs)
Slot Jahmaine Rodriquez, Jr.
WR Clayton Girdon, R-Fr. (injured last season)
LT Corey Gwinner, Jr.
RT Davin Morris, So.
LG Terell Killings, Jr.
C Terrell Hawkins, So.
NT Rodney Hill, So. (6 TT)
DE Corey Berry, Jr. (20 TT, 3.5 TFL)
MLB Patrick Jean-Mary, Jr. (29 TT)
ILB Jermell Ellis, Sr. (47 TT, 3.5 TFL, 1 FR, 1 FF)
ILB Curt Mangum II, So. (Washington transfer)
OLB Anthony Whitlow, So. (21 TT, 2.5 sacks)
CB DeCarlos Knight, So. (29 TT, 1 FR)
CB Brandon Bufford, Sr. (25 TT, 4 PBU)
FS Lanny Kelly, Jr. (18 TT, 2 INTs, 3 PBU, 1 FR)
PK Parker Munoz, Fr. P/PK Bryan Jackson, Fr.

OUTLOOK: Two straight winless seasons in the MEAC preceded the Bison installing a multiple option during spring practices. They averaged a mere 10.3 points per game last season and had a season-high of only 20 points against Delaware State. Experienced QB Dorsey will run the offense. Carter, who caught 46 passes, isn't helped by the change in scheme, but the Bison will still look to get the ball in his hands. The line was young last season and will be improved this season. Meanwhile, Pough is one of the young defensive stars in the conference. He is joined at linebacker by Mangum, a highly-touted transfer from the University of Washington. It's hard to picture the Bison escaping the MEAC basement this season.

By Craig Haley, FCS Executive Director


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