2019 Football

MEAC Football Preseason Awards

Caylin Newton is picked as preseason offensive player of the year but is Howard the team to beat?

Courtesy: MEAC Sports

NORFOLK, Va., July 26, 2019 – Howard University quarterback Caylin Newton was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while Delaware State University linebacker Brian Cavicante was selected as Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

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


After winning the 2017 MEAC Rookie of the Year award, Newton ended his sophomore campaign ranked among the nation’s leaders in several categories, including passing yards per completion (1st/16.85) and total offense (7th/313.3) en route to earning the 2018 MEAC Offensive Player of the Year honor. The Atlanta, Ga. product was named to the 2018 Walter Payton Award Watch List after winning MEAC Offensive Player of the Week twice and was a finalist for the Black College Football Player of the Year Award. In the season opener against Ohio (Sept. 1), he posted 532 total yards, which was the third-highest output in program history. Newton completed his sophomore campaign as the MEAC’s top passer with 2,629 yards and 22 touchdowns in 10 games.

Cavicante was a 2018 All-MEAC First Team selection and finished second in the league in total tackles with 89. He was third in the MEAC in tackles per game (8.1), second with 17 tackles for loss and tied for third with 50 unassisted tackles. For his performance against St. Francis (Sept. 8), Cavicante was selected as MEAC Defensive Player of the Week after recording 12 tackles (eight unassisted), including five behind the line-of-scrimmage, and a fumble return for a touchdown.

Bethune-Cookman led the way with six members of the Preseason First Team, while defending MEAC champion North Carolina A&T State, Delaware State and Howard each had four First Team honorees.

Listed below are the 2019 Preseason All-MEAC teams: 
2019 MEAC Football All-Conference Preseason Teams
Offensive Player of the Year: Caylin Newton, Howard
Defensive Player of the Year: Brian Cavicante, Delaware State

First Team Offense

QBCaylin NewtonJr.  HowardAtlanta, Ga.  
RBIsaiah Tottenr-Jr.  North Carolina CentralApex, N.C.
RBDedrick Parsonr-So.HowardPhiladelphia, Pa.  
WRJequez EzzardSr.  HowardCollege Park, Ga.
WRKyle AnthonySr.  HowardMiramar, Fla.   
TEXavier GravetteSo.Morgan StateNottingham, Md.  
CL’Dre BarnesJr.Bethune-CookmanSt. Petersburg, Fla.  
OLAlex Taylorr-Sr.South Carolina StateMoncks Corner, S.C.
OLMarcus Pettifordr-Sr.North Carolina A&T StateDurham, N.C.
OLKaiden CrawfordSr.Delaware StatePhiladelphia, Pa.  
OLDontae Keysr-Jr.North Carolina A&T StateFayetteville, N.C.

First Team Defense

DLMarques Fordr-Sr.Bethune-CookmanGibsonton, Fla.
DLJustin CatesGr.North Carolina A&T StateGoldsboro, N.C.
DL*Darius Roysterr-Sr.North Carolina CentralChesapeake, Va.
DL*Kawuan CoxSr.North Carolina Central  Summerville, S.C.
LBBrian CavicanteJr.  Delaware StatePortsmouth, Va.  
LBMarquis Hendrixr-Sr.Bethune-CookmanOcala, Fla.
LBRico Kennedyr-Sr.Morgan StateFt. Lauderdale, Fla.
DBTrevor MerrittSr.Bethune-CookmanRockledge, Fla.
DBTydarius PetersSr.Bethune-CookmanJayess, Miss.
DBFranklin McCain IIIr-Jr.  North Carolina A&T StateGreensboro, N.C.
DBJahad NeibauerSr.Delaware StateHarrisburg, Pa.  
PKYahia AlyGr.Florida A&MWhittier, Calif.  
PChris FaddoulJr.Florida A&MWesley Chapel, Fla.
RSJimmie Robinsonr-Sr.Bethune-CookmanPalm Coast, Fla.

Second Team Offense

QBRyan Stanleyr-Sr.Florida A&MPembroke Pines, Fla.  
RBJah-Maine Martinr-Jr.North Carolina A&T StateConway, S.C.
RBDeshawn Smith  Sr.Florida A&MBrooksville, Fla.
WRElijah BellSr.North Carolina A&T StateWheeling, W.Va.
WRXavier SmithSo.Florida A&MHaines City, Fla.
TEMalik HyattSo.  HowardGastonia, N.C.
CMike TerryJr.South Carolina StateAtlanta, Ga.
OLKenneth KirbyJr.  Norfolk StateNewport News, Va.  
OL*Andrew Daler-Jr.North Carolina CentralMorehead City, N.C.
OL*Stefan TouaniJr.  Morgan StateTemple Hills, Md.  
OLCedric Jacksonr-So.Bethune-CookmanMiami, Fla.  

Second Team Defense

DLMarcellos AllisonSr.HowardDurham, N.C.
DLZamon RobinsonSo.HowardSilver Springs, Md.  
DL*Christian JohnsonSr.Delaware StateStone Mountain, Ga.  
DL*Tyrell Goodwinr-Sr.South Carolina StateColumbia, S.C.
DL*Paul Mckeiverr-Sr.  South Carolina StateBatesburg, S.C.
LBNigel ChavisSr.Norfolk StateRichmond, Va.  
LBIan McBorroughSr.  Morgan StateBaltimore, Md.
LBAntoine Wilderr-Sr.  North Carolina A&T StateAtlanta, Ga.
DB*Terry JeffersonGr.Florida A&MMiami, Fla.
DB*Donte SmallJr.Morgan StateUnion, N.J.
DBTye FreelandJr.  HowardPetersburg, Va.  
DBBobby PriceSr.Norfolk StateVirginia Beach, Va.  
DBNhyre’ QuinerlySr.Norfolk StateNorfolk, Va.
PKJose Romo-Martinezr-Jr.Delaware StateBanning, Calif.
PFidel Romo-MartinezSr.Delaware StateBanning, Calif.

Third Team Offense

QB*Tyrece NickJr.South Carolina StateJohnston, S.C.
QB*Akevious WilliamsGr.Bethune-CookmanMadison, Fla.
RBBishop BonnetteJr.Florida A&MJacksonville, Fla.
RB*Josh ChaseSr.Morgan State  Upper Marlboro, Md.
RB*Aaron SavageSr.Norfolk StateBaltimore, Md.
WRChad HunterJr.Florida A&MTallahassee, Fla.
WRZachary Leslier-Jr.North Carolina A&T StateLawndale, N.C.
TE*Isiah WilliamsSr.Delaware StateBronx, N.Y.
TE*Anthony WilliamsJr.Norfolk StateNorfolk, Va.
CSomadina Okezie-Okeker-So.North Carolina CentralWoodstock, Ga.
OL*Ricky LeeSo.North Carolina CentralJacksonville, Fla.
OL*Bruce Triggr-Jr.Morgan StateLoganville, Ga.
OLNicholas Roosr-Sr.Bethune-CookmanOrmond Beach, Fla.
OLJamal Savager-Jr.Bethune-CookmanPlant City, Fla.  

Third Team Defense

DLBruce JohnsonGr.South Carolina StateGreenwood, S.C.
DLGerome HowardJr.Bethune-CookmanSarasota, Fla.  
DLJermaine Williamsr-Sr.  North Carolina A&T StateLumberton, N.C.
DL*Demontre MooreSr.Florida A&MTampa, Fla.
DL*Devan Henronr-So.Morgan StateLanham, Md.  
LBRichie Kittlesr-Sr.  North Carolina A&T StateFt. Lauderdale, Fla.  
LBElijah RichardsonSr.Florida A&MPort St. Lucie, Fla.  
LBBranden BaileyJr.North Carolina CentralDeerfield Beach, Fla.
DB*Aaron WalkerSo.  HowardWashington, D.C.
DB*Devin SmithSr.Delaware StateWashington, D.C.
DBDecobe Durantr-So.South Carolina StateLamar, S.C.
DB*Dominick Triggr-Sr.  Morgan StateTampa, Fla.
DB*Herman Jackson, Jr.  So.Florida A&MMiami, Fla.
PKNicholas O’SheaSo.Morgan StateDetroit, Mich.
PMichael RiversSo.North Carolina A&T StateWilmington, N.C.
RSDedrick Parsonr-So.HowardPhiladelphia, Pa.
MEAC Football Preseason Awards
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