Bethune-Cookman University quarterback Akevious Williams was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Offensive Player of the Week, the conference announced today. Delaware State’s Brian Cavicante was named Defensive Player of the Week while North Carolina A&T State’s Marcus Pettiford received Offensive Lineman of the Week honors. Bethune-Cookman placekicker Uriel Hernandez and North Carolina A&T State’s Kashon Baker were tabbed as co-Specialists of the Week.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK


Akevious Williams
Bethune-Cookman

QB
6-3 ? 185 ? R-Jr.
Madison, Fla.

Williams came off the bench and passed for a career-high 297 yards on a career-matching 12-for-13 passing. He passed for a career-best four touchdowns and added another rushing touchdown for five (5) total scores on the afternoon in the home win over Virginia University of Lynchburg.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Brian Cavicante
Delaware State

LB
5-11 ? 220 ? Jr.
Portsmouth, Va.

Cavicante finished the weekend with 12 tackles (8 solo), including five tackles for loss totaling 14 yards. He recovered a fumble on special teams and returned it for a 14-yard touchdown at Saint Francis.

CO-SPECIALISTS OF THE WEEK

Kashon Baker
North Carolina A&T State

PR
5-6 ? 163 ? Jr.
Farmville, N.C.

Baker broke open a tight contest late in the second quarter with a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown versus Gardner-Webb. He finished with a total of 95 yards on two returns for an average of 47.5 yards per punt.

Uriel Hernandez
Bethune-Cookman

PK
5-7 ? 209 ? Sr.
Homestead, N.C.

Hernandez was the MEAC’s leading scorer as he finished 11-for-11 on his PAT attempts in the win over Virginia University of Lynchburg. It was a career-high in extra point attempts. He also kicked off four times for an average of 57.8 yards per kickoff, also netting one touchdown with 231 yards altogether.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Sherman McLeod
North Carolina Central

TE
6-2 ? 225 ? R-Fr.
Raleigh, N.C.

McLeod caught a pair of first half touchdown receptions (13, 10 yards) in Saturday’s win over Saint Augustine’s. He finished the contest with three receptions for 54 yards.

NOTABLE PERFORMERS

Dwayne Brown (OL/Bethune-Cookman)
Brown helped block for three (3) quarterbacks that all passed for a combined 20-of-27 on the day with six touchdowns through the air in the win over VUL. Brown did not concede a quarterback sack from his right guard position along the offensive line, and he registered two pancake blocks and two downfield blocks on the day.

Devin Hurtado (LB/Howard) 
Hurtado filled the stat sheet with four tackles (three solo), a fumble recovery, an interception and half sack at Kent State.

Terry Jefferson (SS/FAMU)
Tallied three (3) solo tackles, plus one sack for -7 yards and a tackle for loss at Troy.

Jah-Maine Martin (RB/North Carolina A&T State)
Maretin rushed for 93 yards on eight attempts with two touchdowns in the win over Gardner-Webb.

Nick O’Shea (P/Morgan State)
Averaged 35.1 yards on eight punts while placing a pair of punts inside the 20-yard line in addition to a 61-yarder.

Dedrick Parson (WR/Howard)
Parson registered 138 all-purpose yards, including 107 receiving yards (career-high) on four catches at Kent State.

Tydarius Peters (S/Bethune-Cookman) 
Peters pulled in 1.5 tackles behind the line (including a sack), going on to record four tackles on the day against VUL. He would step in front of a pass and return it 38 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter – the first of its kind for BCU since 2016. He would go on to add another pass deflection in the game.

Xavier Smith (WR/Florida A&M)
Smith caught three passes for 33 yards in Saturday’s contest at Troy.

Antonio Turner (DL/Howard)
Turner registered four tackles (four solo), including two tackles for loss and a forced fumble at
Kent State.

Mike Waters (RB/Delaware State)
Waters rushed for 107 yards on 12 attempts versus Saint Francis en route to his third-career 100-plus yard contest.

Demare’ Whitaker (LB/Morgan State)
Finished Saturday’s contest at Akron with a game-high 11 tackles.

Antoine Wilder (LB/North Carolina A&T State)
Led the Aggies with four tackles and also recorded an interception which led to a touchdown.

Marcus Williams (WR/Florida A&M) 
Williams led the Rattlers with five receptions for 104 yards at Troy.

Courtesy: MEAC

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