(STATS) - That MEAC champion North Carolina Central and runner-up North Carolina A&T overflowed with talented players this season was evident in the conference's postseason honors that were announced Monday.
Each team had seven first-team selections - more than twice as many as the next-closest team. In addition, North Carolina Central's Jerry Mack was named the MEAC coach of the year, while North Carolina A&T's Elijah Bell was chosen as the rookie of the year and Brandon Parker the offensive lineman of the year.
Adding in the All-MEAC second and third teams, N.C. Central had 17 overall selections and A&T 14. The champion Eagles (9-2) went 8-0 in conference play to qualify for the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl on Dec. 17, while A&T (9-3) went 7-1 in conference play en route to gaining an at-large bid in the FCS playoffs.
The MEAC offensive and defensive players of the year will be announced Dec. 6 at the National Football Foundation's annual awards dinner in New York.
MEAC POSTSEASON AWARDS=
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - TBA, Dec. 6
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - TBA, Dec. 6
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR - Elijah Bell, WR, North Carolina A&T
COACH OF THE YEAR - Jerry Mack, North Carolina Central
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN OF THE YEAR - Brandon Parker, LT, North Carolina A&T
ALL-MEAC FIRST TEAM
QB - Malcom Bell, North Carolina Central, R-Sr.
RB - Tarik Cohen, North Carolina A&T, Sr.
RB - Anthony Philyaw, Howard, R-Jr.
WR - Rashawn Proctor, Hampton, Sr.
WR - LaVontis Smith, North Carolina Central Sr.
TE - Leroy Hill, North Carolina A&T, R-So.
C - Carl Jones, North Carolina Central, R-Sr.
OL - Brandon Parker, North Carolina A&T, R-Jr.
OL - Wes Cole, North Carolina A&T, Sr.
OL - Tarrance Wells, North Carolina Central, Sr.
OL - Toree Boyd, Howard, Sr.
DL - Marquis Ragland, North Carolina A&T, R-Sr.
DL - Angelo Keyes, North Carolina A&T, R-Sr.
DL - Marquis Smith, Savannah State, Sr.
DL - Frederick Henry-Ajudua, North Carolina Central, Sr.
LB - Darius Leonard, South Carolina State, R-Jr.
LB - Dayshawn Taylor, South Carolina State, R-Jr.
LB - Jeremy Taylor, North Carolina A&T, Jr.
DB - Jacques Bryant, Florida A&M, So.
DB - Diquan Richardson, Bethune-Cookman, Jr.
DB - Phillip Henry, South Carolina State, R-Sr.
DB - Mike Jones, North Carolina Central, R-Jr.
PK - Cameron Marouf, Norfolk State, Sr.
P - John Barron, Savannah State, Sr.
RS - Mike Jones, North Carolina Central, R-Jr.