(STATS) - North Carolina A&T State grabbed a share of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title for the second straight year, and again the Aggies' top playmaker headlines the conference's first team.
The junior was selected to his third first team following his third 1,000-yard rushing season. He led the conference with 1,248 rushing yards while helping 22nd-ranked NCA&T to a 7-1 league record and a berth in the Celebration Bowl on Dec. 19. The Aggies will face the winner of the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game between No. 21 Grambling State and Alcorn State.
Cohen, who was also named the conference's best rookie in 2013, became the Aggies' all-time leading rusher this season with 3,736 yards. He ranks ninth in the country in rushing yards and is tied for 18th with 12 rushing touchdowns.
Hargrave leads the MEAC and is fifth in the FCS with 13 sacks while ranking second in the conference with 20 tackles for loss. He finished with 59 total tackles.
No. 25 Bethune-Cookman shared the MEAC title with NCA&T, leading to first-year coach Terry Sims' selection as the top coach. A potent Wildcats offense led the conference in scoring (31.4 points per game), total offense (445.0 yards per game), rushing (191.8 ypg), passing (253.2 ypg) and pass efficiency (164.1).
The conference's top rookie honor went to North Carolina Central's Dorrel McClain, who ranked second in the MEAC with 87.1 rushing yards per game, while NCA&T freshman Brandon Parker was named the top offensive lineman. Parker didn't allow a sack and was not called for a penalty.
NCA&T and Bethune-Cookman each finished with five first-team selections.
MID-EASTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE AWARDS=
Offensive Player of the Year: RB Tarik Cohen, North Carolina A&T State
Defensive Player of the Year: DL Javon Hargrave, South Carolina State
Offensive Lineman of the Year: Brandon Parker, North Carolina A&T State
Rookie of the Year: RB Dorrel McClain, North Carolina Central
Coach of the Year: Terry Sims, Bethune-Cookman
MID-EASTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM=
QB Quentin Williams, Bethune-Cookman
RB Tarik Cohen, North Carolina A&T State
RB Dorrel McClain, North Carolina Central
WR Jawill Davis, Bethune-Cookman
WR Twarn Mixon, Hampton
TE Tammarrick Hemmingway, South Carolina State
C Carl Jones, North Carolina Central
OL Dariusz Bladek, Bethune-Cookman
OL Brandon Parker, North Carolina A&T State
OL Torian White, Hampton
OL Javarius Leamon, South Carolina State
DL Javon Hargrave, South Carolina State
DL Miles Grooms, Hampton
DL Marquis Ragland, North Carolina A&T State
LB Darius Leonard, South Carolina State
LB Robert Way, Bethune-Cookman
DB Tony McRae, North Carolina A&T State
DB C.J. Moore, North Carolina Central
DB Marquis Drayton, Bethune-Cookman
DB D'Metrius Williams, Norfolk State
P Christian Kinney, Hampton
PK Nigel Macauley, North Carolina Central
RS Khris Gardin, North Carolina A&T State