Jenkins Named HBCU Huddle/Sporting News Coach of the Year
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Bethune-Cookman football head coach Brian Jenkins has been named Coach of the Year by the HBCU Huddle/College Sporting News, recently releasing its All-America Team. Three fellow Wildcats were named to the All-America Team in the form of Eugene Solomon and Terrance Hackney on offense, joined by Harold Love III on the defensive side of the ball.
Brian Jenkins, recently completing his third year at the helm of the B-CU football program, is now receiving his third end-of-year award, already picking up Coach of the Year accolades from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), in addition to being named AFCA FCS Region Two Coach of the Year. In just three seasons with the Maroon and Gold, he has helped lead the Wildcats to two MEAC titles (2010, '12) and two NCAA FCS Playoff appearances (2010, '12). This past season, he led the Cats to their first 8-0 MEAC mark in school history and the first unblemished league record for B-CU since 1984.
Since his arrival in Daytona Beach, Jenkins has compiled an overall record of 27-8, and an unprecedented 21-3 mark in league play. The Wildcats finished the season as the only ranked HBCU program in the Sports Network FCS College Football Poll Top 25, coming in at No. 22 on the list. The Cats have also won their last 13 consecutive MEAC contests dating back to the midway point of the 2011 campaign.
For Hackney, a 6-6, 310-pound offensive lineman, the All-America nod is the fourth of its kind for the sophomore transfer from Ole Miss. A native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Hargrave Military Academy alum, Hackney also claimed MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Year honors following the regular season.
As for Solomon, the All-America Team accomplishment is his first this season. A 6-4, 270-pound senior center from Savannah, Georgia (Jenkins HS), Solomon contributed to the Bethune-Cookman offensive line, along with Hackney, in several areas of rushing and pass protection.
On the year, the two helped anchor a Wildcats 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. Together, their blocking exploits were instrumental in placing Bethune-Cookman atop the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in scoring offense (29.4 points per game).
A transfer from Feather River College and native of Portland, Oregon, Harold Love III stands 6-3, 325-pounds and was a force along a defensive unit for B-CU that ranked at or near the top in several team categories. He finished fifth on the Wildcats squad in total tackles, amassing 55 on the campaign - 20 of those unassisted. He also picked up a season third-best seven tackles-for-loss, including three-and-a-half sacks. That goes along with a team second-best six quarterback hurries, adding a forced fumble and fumble recovery.
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.
Other awards released by the HBCU Huddle/College Sporting News All-America Team announcement were the HBCU Program of the Year (Tennessee State); Offensive Player of the Year (Rico Richardson, Jackson State); Defensive Player of the Year (Keith Pough, Howard); Freshman of the Year (Johnta Hebert (Prairie View A&M); and Newcomer of the Year (Isaiah Crowell, Alabama State).
For a complete list of this year's team and other accolades, please click here.
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