NORFOLK, Va., – South Carolina State quarterback Tyrece Nick has been named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Offensive Player of the Week, the conference announced today. Morgan State’s Rico Kennedy is the Defensive Player of the Week and North Carolina Central freshman Davius Richard has been selected as Rookie of the Week. Earning Offensive Lineman of the Week honors is North Carolina A&T State’s Lawrence Lagrone and picking up Specialist of the Week honors is Morgan State’s Manasseh Bailey.
Nick (QB, 6-0, 170, r-Jr., Johnston, S.C) completed 16 of 28 passes for 253 yards and broke the school record for touchdown passes with five in the Bulldogs’ win over Delaware State. He also carried the ball 14 times for 105 yards in the win.
Kennedy (LB, 6-3, 235, r-Sr., Ft. Lauderfale, Fla.) finished with a game-high 15 tackles, with four tackles for a loss of 11 yards and a sack, at Bethune-Cookman. He also recorded an interception in the first half.
Richard (QB, 6-3, 200, Fr., Belle Glade, Fla.) accounted for 260 total yards and three touchdowns at Florida A&M. He completed 16 of 35 passes for 220 yards with two touchdowns, while also rushing for a game-high 40 yards and a score.
Lagrone (OL, 6-2, 356, r-Fr., Douglasville, Ga.) graded out at 92 percent and spearheaded an Aggies squad that amassed 410 yards rushing and 594 yards of total offense. He didn’t yield any sacks and recorded three pancake blocks with no penalties in the win over Norfolk State.
Bailey (WR, 6-1, 195, Sr., Capitiol Hights, Md.) blocked a Bryce Cowards punt and recovered the ball in the end zone for the final score for the Bears. He also had four catches for 54 yards.
OTHER TOP PERFORMERS
Cedrick Jackson (B-CU) graded out at 89 percent and aided the Wildcats in amassing 430 yards of total offense.
Jimmie Robinson (B-CU) had five receptions for 136 yards and three touchdowns.
Tarique Akbar (FAMU) graded out at 85 percent and helped the Rattlers amass 396 yards of total offense.
Markquese Bell (FAMU) registered seven tackles, including five solo stops with a pair of breakups and one interception.
Xavier Smith (FAMU) had nine receptions for 129 yards and two touchdowns in the win for the Rattlers.
Josh Chase (MSU) had 25 carries for a season-high 124 yards against Bethune-Cookman.
Kyin Howard (NCAT) led the Aggies in tackles with 14 total tackles, four tackles for a loss of 11 yards and one sack for five yards. He also recorded an interception.
Jah-Maine Martin (NCAT) averaged 19.9 yards per carry against Norfolk State, finishing with 199 yards rushing on 10 carries and three touchdowns.
Josh Nardone (NSU) made both of his field goal tries, including a career-long 44-yarder in the first quarter.
Rayquan Smith (NSU) tallied 111 all-purpose yards in his first career start and rushed nine times for 75 yards.
Alex Taylor (SCSU) spearheaded a Bulldog offense that amassed 452 yards of total offense.