NORFOLK, Va. – South Carolina State wide receiver De’Montrez Burroughs was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Offensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday, along with three of his teammates also picking up honors from Saturday's 62-21 home win against Howard.
Bulldog redshirt freshmen Corey Fields was named MEAC Rookie of the Week, while teammate Alex Taylor was selected as Offensive Lineman of the Week and teammate Cliff Benjamin was selected as Specialist of the Week.
Burroughs (WR, 6-2, 218, Sr., Charlotte, N.C., North Mecklenburg High School) had seven catches for 140 yards and set a school record for touchdown catches in a game, with five in the win over Howard.
Fields (QB, 6-0, 188, r-Fr., Hollywood, Baptist Hill High School) had a career day, completing 18 of 29 passes for 333 yards and a program-record seven touchdowns. Fields tied Florida A&M’s Pat Bonner for second in MEAC history with seven touchdown passes in a single game.
Taylor (OL, 6-9, 310, r-Sr., Moncks Corner, Berkeley High School) graded out at 98 percent and helped the Bulldogs accumulate 462 yards of offense (115 rushing and 347 passing) against Howard. He spearheaded an offensive line that allowed Fields to set a school record for touchdown passes with seven. He had four pancake blocks and didn’t yield any sacks. This is Taylor's fourth time being selected for the MEAC honor this season.
Benjamin (P, 6-1, 190, Gr., Holly Hill, Lake Marion High School) registered three punts for 132 yards, for an average of 44 yards, with a long of 51 yards and three kicks inside the 20.
SC State up to No. 3
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While Florida A&M had a bye week, losses and a couple upsets caused shifts in both the BoxToRow Coaches and Media Polls. The Rattlers are the unanimous No. 1 in both polls for the first time in the history of the polls.
Alcorn State, North Carolina A&T and Bethune-Cookman all lost which caused some movement in the coaches poll.
While Alcorn lost to Grambling, the Braves remained No. 2. N.C. A&T fell one spot to No. 4 this week after its loss to Morgan State, while Bethune-Cookman dropped three spots to No. 7 after its loss to Delaware State.
South Carolina State defeated Howard and made the biggest jump, going up three spots to No. 3 in both polls.
Undefeated Bowie State gained its highest ranking of the season, now at No. 2 in the media poll, up two spots from last week. Alcorn’s drop was most significant, down three spots to No. 5.
Grambling reentered the poll at No. 10.
The NC A&T Aggies and BCU Wildcats will help make the MEAC championship picture clearer, along with deciding who represents the conference in the Celebration Bowl in Atlanta, beginning this Saturday in Greensboro, when the two teams meet.
This is one of many games that will have conference and poll implications next week.
The BOXTOROW HBCU FCS coaches poll and media poll is administered by FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW. The coaches poll, in its 11th year is voted on by the HBCU Football Championship Subdivision coaches and the media poll, in its 13th year, is voted on by media members around the country who cover HBCU football.
FAMU is currently ranked No. 12 in the STATS FCS Football Top 25 Poll, despite the fact that the Rattlers are on probation and can't win a conference title or advance to postseason play. Wofford, the team SC State opened with a win against at home, is ranked No. 21 in this week's STATS poll, while NC A&T is at No. 25. SC State received 10 votes in Monday's STATS poll, leaving the Bulldogs 14 spots outside the Top 25.