SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Bethune-Cookman football players Nick Addison, Jarkevis Fields and LeBrandon Richardson have been named to the USA College Football Preseason All-America Team for the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). All three Wildcats were selected to the second team on defense.
Addison, a 6-2, 180-pound junior from Tampa, is a member of this year’s Preseason All-MEAC First Team on defense after being selected to the All-MEAC First Team in 2012. He started all 12 games as a sophomore, finishing the season with 68 tackles, including 37 primary stops.
The Spoto High School alum led the Wildcats with four interceptions totaling 135 return yards, including one of the longest interception returns in school history – a 90-yard touchdown return at Hampton.
His career-high four interceptions allowed him to finish tied for sixth in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in that category, as well as leading the Wildcats and placing seventh in the league in passes defended with 11.
For his efforts against Hampton (11 tackles, two interceptions), Addison earned MEAC Defensive Player of the Week, TSN Defensive Player of the Week, CFPA Defensive Player of the Week and BSN Defensive Back of the Week.
Fields: B-CU’s leading tackler
Fields, a 6-0, 230-pound senior from Sanford, enters the 2013 season as the MEAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. He returns as the team’s leading tackler from the 2012 campaign. He ended the season with 103 tackles (sixth-best in the MEAC), six tackles for losses and a sack. He also dropped back and broke up four passes, while helping the B-CU defense finish third nationally in passes intercepted.
Fields was named to the First Team All-MEAC squad in 2012, as well as receiving the Army Strong Leadership Award at the Florida Classic. He also was the recipient of the MEAC/SWAC Challenge Walter Payton Achievement Award, in addition to being a preseason HBCU All-America selection by BoxToRow.
Richardson led in sacks
A senior defensive lineman who transferred into the program from UCF prior to the start of the 2012 campaign, Richardson quickly emerged as a workhorse for B-CU in his first season.
He is a member of the 2013 MEAC Preseason First Team on defense. The 6-2, 255-pound defensive tackle from Miami led the Wildcats in sacks (8.5) while finishing sixth overall on the squad in total tackles (53).
His 13 tackles behind the line was also good enough to lead the Wildcats, all the while ranking second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in that category (0.71 sacks per game). He also registered a team-high seven quarterback hurries and two pass breakups for the Maroon and Gold.
Richardson would go on to finish the 2012 campaign with two fumble recoveries, including a 44-yard touchdown return against Tennessee State. While at UCF, the Miami Central High School alum saw action in nine games as a redshirt freshman in 2011, recording seven tackles (six solo), one sack, a tackle-for-loss and two quarterback hurries.
B-CU’s first game of the 2013 football season is Sept. 1 vs. Tennessee State in the John Merritt Classic in Nashville, Tenn.
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