MEAC announces top football players of the week


Morgan State’s Seth Higgins was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Offensive Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. MSU’s Cody Acker was named Defensive Player of the Week.

131010_dt_sportst03Cameron Marof of Norfolk State was named Rookie of the Week. MSU offensive lineman Karim Barton earned Offensive Lineman of the Week honors while North Carolina Central’s Adrian Wilkins earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors, respectively.

Higgins (QB, 6-4, 230, Jr., Edgewood, Md.) completed 12 of 20 passes for 144 yards with one touchdown as he led the Bears to a 34-21 Homecoming win against Florida A&M.  The junior also finished with a game and career-high 102 yards rushing on 17 carries with on touchdown.

Game-winning goal
Acker (LB, 6-1, 230, Jr., Greenbelt, Md.) returned an interception 19 yards for a touchdown in the Bears’ victory over Florida A&M. He also recorded three solo tackles to help Morgan State to its first victory of the season.

Marouf (K, 5-10, 155, Fr., Woodbridge, Va.) kicked the game-winning 33-yard field goal with one minute and 10 seconds remaining to lift Norfolk State to a 26-24 victory over Savannah State.

He also kicked a 32-yarder in the second quarter and was 2-of-3 on both field goal and extra point attempts, finishing with eight total points.

89-yard touchdown
Barton (OL, 6-3, 315, Sr., Los Angeles) helped pave the way for the Bears’ ground game that churned for 238 rushing yards and controlled the time of possession (37-to-22 minutes). Barton graded out at 97-percent of his assignments that accounted for 382 yards of total offense.

Wilkins (RS, 5-8, 170, r-So., Forest City, N.C.) returned three punts for 98 yards, including an 89-yard return for a touchdown, in the Eagles’ win over Howard.  His run was the second-longest punt return in NCCU history.  He also returned three kickoffs for 68 yards, totaling 166 all-purpose yards in the win.

Other top performances
Nick Belcher (SCSU) nailed two field goals, including a 22 and a career-long 49-yarder, against North Carolina A&T.

Tristin Bellamy (SCSU) posted six pancake blocks and graded out at 89-perencet on blocking assignments as he helped South Carolina State record 322 yards of total offense in a win over North Carolina A&T.

Akil Blount (FAMU) tallied eight tackles, five solo, with one for a loss of one yard.  He also recorded a blocked field goal.

Toree Boyd (Howard) graded out at 82-percent of blocking assignments and helped Howard gain 467 yards of total offense against North Carolina Central.

Clevonne Davis (NCCU) graded out at 93-percent of his assignments as he helped the Eagles to 269 yards of total offense.  He also recorded two pancake blocks.

Richard Cue (SCSU) earned MVP honors at the 100 Black Men Atlanta Classic after completing 17-of-28 passes for 236 yards with two touchdowns against North Carolina A&T.

B-CU highlights
Andrew Edouard (B-CU) graded out at 83 percent of his assignments as he anchored the Wildcats’ offensive line that accounted for 409 yards of total offense.

Rolandan Finch (NSU) rushed for a season-high 134 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown against Savannah State.

Thomas Finnie (B-CU) collected seven tackles, two solo, with 1.5 for a loss of six yards against Delaware State.

Lawrence Forbes (MSU) averaged 56.0 yards on two punts, including a game-high 62-yard boot.

Thomas Martin (MSU) collected five receptions for a season-high 71 yards against Florida A&M.

Al-Terek McBurse (FAMU) rushed for 110 yards on eight carries with one touchdown against Morgan State.Greg McGhee (Howard) completed 31-of-48 passes for 328 yards with four touchdowns against North Carolina Central.  He also rushed 13 times for 48 yards.

Eddie Poole (B-CU) caught four passes for 103 yards and one touchdown against Delaware State.



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