Bethune-Cookman Picked to Defend MEAC Title
NORFOLK, Virginia – The Bethune-Cookman University football team was picked to defend its Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) title, as announced Friday afternoon by the MEAC Office in Norfolk, Virginia. Bethune-Cookman picked up 487 votes to rank atop the preseason poll, followed by South Carolina State (457) and North Carolina A&T (338) in second and third, respectively.
Bethune-Cookman senior offensive center Andrew Edouard was named to the All-MEAC Preseason First Team, while LeBrandon Richardson and Marquis Drayton were selected to the Preseason First Team on defense.
Edouard enters the 2014 campaign listed on the Beyond Sports Network Preseason All-America Team. The 6-2, 295-pound senior from Philadelphia finished last season with a spot on the All-MEAC First Team, as he helped to pave the way for a B-CU offense that led the MEAC and ranked ninth in the NCAA with 3,159 yards rushing, averaging 243 yards per contest. He would go on to claim his first national honor when selected to the Boxtorow All-America squad following the FCS Playoffs first round game at Coastal Carolina. The Wildcats averaged 29.6 points per game on the year, an offense that scored 39 times on the ground, as well as another 10 through the air. In total offense, the Wildcats were second in the league with 5,146 yards (395.8 per game).
Meanwhile, Richardson enters the year on the Collegiate Football Performance Award (CFPA) preseason list after collecting 12 starts a season ago along the defensive line. The Miami native earned All-MEAC Second Team accolades, finishing second on the team and 39th in the MEAC for total tackles (64). Additionally, Drayton finished the 2013 slate tied for fifth on the team with 47 total tackles. He picked off two passes while breaking up three altogether. He also recovered a team-best two fumbles on the championship campaign.
Williams finished the 2013 season throwing for a career-best 1,270 yards and finished third on the team in rushing with 424 yards. He connected on 64.3 percent of his passes (90-of-140), resulting in five touchdowns through the air, while adding a team-high nine touchdowns on the ground. Williams ended the year atop the league standings for pass efficiency, earning a 142.3 quarterback rating, and going on to finish sixth in total offense (1,694 yards), averaging 141.2 yards per game. He would go on to finish eighth in the MEAC for passing yards per game (105.8), and ranked ninth in scoring, recording nine touchdowns for 54 points.
Barrow started the final eight games of the year, finishing with 35 total tackles, including 12 by solo performance. The New York native tied for fourth on the squad with 8.5 tackles for loss In addition, he registered three quarterback sacks, intercepted one pass, and pressured the quarterback six times for hurries.
Senior receiver Jhomo Gordon landed on the third team offense to round out the six players representing the Wildcats on the preseason team. Gordon finished third on the Wildcats squad with a career season-high 198 receiving yards. He was fourth on the squad with another career season-best 16 receptions, averaging 15.2 yards per game. To end the year, he averaged 12.4 yards per catch.
Howard quarterback Greg McGee was tabbed the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, as voted on by MEAC coaches and sports information directors around the league. Norfolk State linebacker Lynden Trail was picked as the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
Bethune-Cookman begins the 2-14 season August 30, traveling to Miami to face the FIU Panthers.
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