MEAC Football Awards 2023 announced

NORFOLK, Va. – The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced its 2023 All-MEAC Football teams today, highlighting the conference football programs’ hard work and talented players. North Carolina Central headlines the First Team All-MEAC honorees with ten recipients. Howard follows with seven, while Morgan State and South Carolina State received four selectees.  

All awards and honors were voted on by the MEAC’s head football coaches and sports information directors.  

The conference’s Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year recipients will be announced during the National Football Hall of Fame as a part of the 65th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the Aria Resort in Las Vegas, Nev.  

North Carolina Central’s Torricelli Simpkins II was named the Offensive Lineman of the Year, while South Carolina State’s Jawarn Howell earned Rookie of the Year honors. North Carolina Central head coach Trei Oliver was named MEAC Coach of the Year for the second straight year.  

Simpkins III is North Carolina Central’s second straight offensive lineman to earn the conference’s top spot in as many years. Simpkins III anchored the Eagles’ offensive line that amassed the conference-best total passing yards (2354), passing average (214.00 avg/g), scoring offense (36.6 avg/g), and rushing touchdowns (25), seventh-best in the football championship subdivision (FCS). The Eagles ranked second in the conference in total offense with 4138 yards. Simpkins III has received three MEAC Weekly Offensive Lineman honors this year.  

Howell leads the MEAC in rushing with 808 yards (80.9 ypg) on 102 carries, and 7 TDs. He also recorded ten receptions for 149 yards, 2 TDs in nine games. He was named the FedEx Ground FCS National Offensive Player of the Week following a 283-yard rushing performance on 27 carries and three touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ win over Howard. In addition to the national honors, Howell earned MEAC Rookie of the Week honors for four straight weeks.   

Trei Oliver

Coach Oliver led the Eagles to a 9-2 overall record and a 4-1 mark in conference play. The Eagles fell short of repeating as conference champions this season, however, they earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division I FCS playoffs, the program’s first NCAA appearance. NCCU posted non-conference FCS wins over No. 25 Elon, Campbell, North Carolina A&T, and Mississippi State. Under Coach Oliver’s leadership, the Eagles are ranked 13 in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) poll and 16th in the Stat Perform FCS poll. This season, the Eagles were ranked as high as No. 7 (Nov. 6).  

See below for the entire list of All-MEAC team selectees. 

2023 All-MEAC Football Postseason Awards

Coach of the Year – Trei Oliver, North Carolina Central

Offensive Lineman of the Year – Torricelli Simpkins III, North Carolina Central

Rookie of the Year – Jawarn Howell, South Carolina State

First Team Offense
Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
QB Davius Richard Sr. North Carolina Central Belle Glade, Fla.
RB Latrell Collier R-Sr. North Carolina Central Bluefield, W.Va.
RB Jawarn Howell Fr. South Carolina State Mooresville, N.C.
WR Kasey Hawthrone Sr. Howard Sebring, Fla.
WR Devin Smith Jr. North Carolina Central Durham, N.C.
TE Keshawn Toney Gr. South Carolina State Williston, S.C.
C Torricelli Simpkins III Jr. North Carolina Central Charlotte, N.C.
OL Anim Dankwah Gr. Howard Ontario, Canada
OL Nick Taiste R-Jr. South Carolina State West Columbia, S.C.
OL Da’Quan Thomas R-Jr. North Carolina Central West Palm Beach, Fla.
OL Da’Metrius Weatherspoon R-So. Howard Clairton, Penn.
First Team Defense
Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
DL Darrian Brokenburr Gr. Howard Manassas, Va.
DL Jaden Taylor R-Jr. North Carolina Central Durham, N.C.
DL Elijah Williams Jr. Morgan State Jersey City, N.J.
DL Patrick Godbolt Gr. South Carolina State Blythewood, S.C.
LB Erick Hunter Jr. Morgan State Capitol Heights, Md. 
LB Terrance Hollon Jr. Howard Cleveland, Ohio
LB Jayden Flaker So. North Carolina Central Scarborough, Maine
DB Kenny Gallop, Jr. Sr. Howard Portsmouth, Va. 
DB Jordan Toles Sr. Morgan State Baltimore, Md.
DB Jason Chambers So. North Carolina Central Charlotte, N.C.
DB Jae’Veyon Morton Gr. Morgan State Detroit, Mich.
P Aaron Bickerton So. Howard Stoke-on-Trent, England
PK Adrian Olivo Sr. North Carolina Central Plant City, Fla.
RS Brandon Codrington Sr. North Carolina Central Raleigh, N.C.
Second Team Offense
Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
QB Quinton Williams Sr. Howard Upper Marlboro, Md.
RB Eden James So. Howard Port St. Lucie, Fla.
RB Jarett Hunter * Sr. Howard Mineral, Va.
RB Marquis Gillis * R-So. Delaware State MIlford, Del.
WR Andre Pegues Gr. Norfolk State Raeford, N.C.
WR Justin Smith-Brown R-Jr. South Carolina State Coco, Fla.
TE Edward Core Jr. Delaware State Waldorf, Md. 
C Eric Brown, Jr. Jr. South Carolina State Hartsville, S.C.
OL Darius Fox Jr. Howard Washington, D.C.
OL Cam Johnson R-Jr. South Carolina State Irmo, S.C.
OL Trevon Humphrey R-Fr. North Carolina Central Greensboro, N.C.
OL Treyvon Branch Jr. Morgan State White Plains, Md.
* Indicates a tie
Second Team Defense
Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
DL Trey Middleton R-Jr. North Carolina Central Marietta, Ga.
DL Naejuan Barber R-So. South Carolina State Hopkins, S.C.
DL Jamel Stewart Jr. Howard Richmond, Va. 
DL Keshawn Lynch R-So. Norfolk State Newport News, Va.
LB Aaron Smith R-Jr. South Carolina State Manning, S.C.
LB Lawrence Richardson Sr. Morgan State Philadelphia, Penn. 
LB Daylan Long *  R-So. Norfolk State Cincinnati, Ohio
LB AJ Richardson * Fr. Norfolk State Kings Mountain, N.C.
DB Kole Jones Jr. North Carolina Central Chesapeake, Va.
DB Devon Allen Jr. Norfolk State Virginia Beach, Va.
DB Caron Hinton Sr. Howard Detroit, Mich.
DB R.J. Coles R-Jr. Norfolk State Richmond, Va. 
P Jonathan Cardoza-Chicas Sr. Delaware State Rahway, N.J.
PK Aaron Bickerton So. Howard Stoke-on-Trent, England
RS Keith Jenkins Jr. * So. Morgan State Gainesville, Va. 
RS Ian Wheeler * Gr. Howard Houston, Texas
* Indicates a tie

MEAC Football Awards 2023 announced

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