Two Wildcats Land on Boxtorow All-America Team
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Bethune-Cookman sophomores Terrance Hackney and LeBrandon Richardson were named to the Boxtorow All-America Football Team announced Tuesday afternoon. Additionally, Wildcats Isidore Jackson and Jarkevis Fields picked up honorable mention accolades.
Hackney, a product of Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Hargrave Military Academy, transferred into Bethune-Cookman from Ole Miss. The All-America team recognition is the third of its kind on the 2012 campaign for Hackney, a 6-6, 310-pound offensive lineman who also claimed MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Year honors following the regular season.
On the year, Hackney helped anchor the Bethune-Cookman offensive line unit that paved the way for a league-leading 4,665 yards of total offense. That total includes a league-leading 2,928 yards on the ground. Hackney's blocking exploits were instrumental in placing Bethune-Cookman atop the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in scoring offense (29.4 points per game).
As for Richardson, the 6-2, 255-pound defensive lineman from Miami is making his way onto his first All-America team after finishing the year sixth on the Wildcats squad for total tackles, collecting 53 on the campaign - 26 of them via solo performance. The UCF transfer and Miami Central alum sparked the Wildcats defense with a team-leading 13 tackles behind the line, including a team-best 8.5 sacks. He also recovered two fumbles, one going for a score against Tennessee State in a 44-yard return.
The Bethune-Cookman defense ended the year third in the MEAC for total defense, as well as seventh nationally at an average of 301.42 yards per game allowed. The Cats allowed just an average of 134.8 yards per contest on the ground throughout the season, and a pass efficiency grade of 98.8, pitting them in the top three of the league in both categories as well. That goes along with having the league's best defense on third downs, getting off the field 69.5 percent of the time. The takeaways for the Wildcats allowed them to finish ranked third nationally with a +1.50 margin against their counterparts.
As a team, the Wildcats won the 2012 MEAC title - the fifth of its kind in school history - after recording an unblemished record of 8-0 in the league, advancing to the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Playoffs for the second time under head coach Brian Jenkins, recently completing his third year at the helm in Daytona Beach. Overall, the Cats have won two of the last three MEAC crowns.
Winston-Salem State placed four on the 2012 Boxtorow All-American team. Among them was quarterback Kameron Smith the Boxtorow Offensive Player of the Year. Alabama State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Jackson State, and Tennessee State each placed three players on the team.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff defensive end Brandon Thurmond was the Boxtorow Defensive Player of the Year.
Boxtorow has selected an All-America team since 2007 and the voters are media members from around the nation that cover HBCU football.
For the second-straight year, Winston-Salem State head football coach Connell Maynor has been named Boxtorow Coach of the Year. Maynor led the Rams to their second-straight CIAA championship, a 14-1 season and an appearance in the NCAA Division II national championship game. In three years under Maynor the Rams are 35-4.
Howard defensive end Damon Gresham Chisholm is the Boxtorow Rookie of the Year. Also the MEAC's Rookie of the Year, he led the MEAC with 18 tackles for loss, registered five sacks and 41 tackles (28 solo). It is the second year in a row that a Howard player was named rookie of the year. Last year it was quarterback Greg McGhee.
The breakdown in representation from the conferences includes nine from the SWAC, six from the CIAA, five from the MEAC, four from the SIAC, and three from Tennessee State (OVC).
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