NORFOLK, Va. – South Carolina State head football coach Buddy Pough was named the MEAC Coach of the Year on Tuesday, as his redshirt freshman quarterback Corey Fields was named MEAC Rookie of the Year.
Florida A&M (6) and North Carolina A&T State (4) led the way in this year's All-MEAC football voting, with a combined 10 student-athletes named to the first team. The team was voted on by the MEAC's head football coaches and sports information directors.
Pough had the biggest turnaround of the season in the conference, after the Bulldogs finished last season with a 5-6 overall record and a 4-3 mark in conference play. The 2019 season saw the Bulldogs finish 8-3 overall and 6-2 in MEAC play. Pough led South Carolina State to its 17th MEAC championship overall and the seventh in his tenure. The Bulldogs got a key program win over then-No. 8th ranked Wofford (champion of the Southern Conference) to start the season and never looked back. This is the third time in 18 seasons that Pough has been named MEAC Coach of the Year.
Fields, a Hollywood native who prepped at Baptist Hill High School, was a two-time MEAC Rookie of the Week and finished third in the MEAC in passing efficiency with 15 passing touchdowns. He threw for 1,652 yards with a passing efficiency of 138.7. He shattered South Carolina State’s school record on Nov. 9 when the Bulldogs defeated Howard 62-21. Fields finished the game 18-for-29 for 333 yards passing and seven touchdown passes, and he earned FCS STATS Freshman of the Week for his performance. He guided his team to a share of the 2019 MEAC championship and finished the season with 1,683 yards of total offense.
Making the MEAC 2019 First Team Offense for SC State is senior wide receiver De'Montrez Burroughs (Charlotte, N.C.) and redshirt senior offensive tackle Alex Taylor (Moncks Corner).
Making the MEAC 2019 First Team Defense for SC State is senior defensive tackle Tyrell Goodwin.
Second team honorees for SC State include the following: redshirt senior left tackle Malik Mickle (Winnsboro), redshirt senior nose tackle Rod Perry (Raleigh, N.C.) and redshirt junior cornerback Decobie Durant (Lamar).
Third team honorees for SC State include the following: redshirt junior running back Labron Morris (Decatur, Ga.) and redshirt junior center Mike Terry (Duluth, Ga.).
In a partnership with the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame, the MEAC’s Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year will be announced as part of the festivities surrounding the 62th NFF Annual Awards Dinner, Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Hilton Midtown in New York City. The event will be streamed live at 9:30 a.m. on the NFF’s website.
Also on Tuesday, North Carolina A&T State's Marcus Pettiford was named the MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Year. He was a key player on NCA&T's offensive line, as the unit produced the lone 1,000-yard rusher in the MEAC this season and one of the NCAA’s best running backs in Jah-Maine Martin (Conway High, Coastal Carolina), who leads the nation in rushing yards per carry and is second in scoring. Pettiford is a three-time MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Week and opposing defenders had trouble getting to the Aggies' backfield as the unit only allowed 12 sacks in the regular season.
Despite the departure of last year’s Offensive Lineman of the Year, the Aggies finished first in the MEAC in scoring offense, total offense, rushing offense and fourth down conversions. They were also in the top three in sacks against, first downs and third down conversions.
MEAC 2019 First Team Offense
Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
QB Ryan Stanley r-Sr. Florida A&M Pembroke Pines, Fla.
RB Jah-Maine Martin r-Jr. North Carolina A&T State Conway
RB Isaiah Totten r-Jr. North Carolina Central Apex, N.C.
WR Xavier Smith r-So. Florida A&M Haines City, Fla.
WR De’Montrez Burroughs Sr. South Carolina State Charlotte, N.C.
TE Shawn McFarland Jr. Norfolk State Selden, N.Y.
C Dacquari Wilson r-So. North Carolina A&T State Greensboro, N.C.
OL Marcus Pettiford r-Sr. North Carolina A&T State Durham, N.C.
OL Alex Taylor r-Sr. South Carolina State Moncks Corner
OL Kenneth Kirby r-Jr. Norfolk State Newport News, Va.
OL Keene Forbes r-Jr. Florida A&M Miami, Fla.
MEAC 2019 First Team Defense
Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
DL Tyrell Goodwin Sr. South Carolina State Columbia
DL Marques Ford Sr. Bethune-Cookman Gibsonton, Fla.
DL Darius Royster r-Sr. North Carolina Central Chesapeake, Va.
DL Brandon Carswell Sr. Delaware State Mt. Vernon, Ga.
LB Nigel Chavis r-Sr. Norfolk State Richmond, Va.
LB Ian McBorrough Sr. Morgan State Essex, Md.
LB Rico Kennedy r-Sr. Morgan State Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
DB Markquese Bell r-So. Florida A&M Bridgeton, N.J.
DB Nhyre’ Quinerly r-Sr. Norfolk State Norfolk, Va.
DB Bryan Mills Jr. North Carolina Central Palmdale, Calif.
DB Terry Jefferson Gr. Florida A&M Miami, Fla.
P Chris Faddoul Jr. Florida A&M Wesley Chapel, Fla.
PK Noel Ruiz Jr. North Carolina A&T State Wilson, N.C.