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MEAC ANNOUNCES WEEKLY FOOTBALL HONORS Howard University Earn Player and Special Teams Awards
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Quarterback Marcos Moreno of Howard University was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced. South Carolina State Cornerback Ryan Hemby was named Defensive Player of the Week, Delaware State’s Russell Reeves earned Rookie of the Week honors, while Howard’s Danual Pearce earned special teams onors and Hampton’s Gerald Perry picked up offensive lineman of the eek.
Moreno (6-4, 215, Sr. – Hyattsville, Md.) – Moreno passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more scores, including the 4-yard game winner in the Bison’s 42-35 overtime victory over Morgan State. Moreno led the Bison to their fourth straight victory of the season. He finished with 227 passing yards (13-of-27, 2 TD) and 42 rushing yards on 10 attempts and two touchdowns.
Hemby (CB, 6-1, 175, Sr.-Grad – Orangeburg, S.C.) – Hemby sparked S.C.
State’s defense with two crucial interceptions in the Bulldogs’ come-from-behind victory over previously unbeaten Bethune-Cookman. His first interception came with 48-second left in the first half, intercepting a tip-ball in the endzone to end the Wildcats’ scoring drive. Hemby picked up his second INT on B-CC’s opening drive of the second half, returning it 53 yards to set up the Bulldog’s tying touchdown at 14-14. Hemby also had five solo tackles (6 total).
Reeves (LB, 6-3, 225, r-Fr. -Mechanicsville, Md.) – Reeves recorded a game-high 11 total tackles (2 solo), two pass bread-ups and .5 TFL (5 yds) in the Hornets win over defending MEAC champs, N.C. A&T. Reeves also returned an interception 19 yards to set up Delaware State’s first touchdown of the game.
Pearce (LB, 6-2, 225, Fr. -Norfolk, Va.) – Pearce had two huge plays on special teams for the Bison. In the first quarter, he blocked a punt at the Morgan 17-yard line, to set up Howard’s second score of the game.
His second big play of the day came in the fourth quarter on a fake punt attempt by the Bears at their own 39. Pearce stopped the Morgan punter for a two-yard loss to set up another score for Howard.
Perry (OG, 6-2, 315, Sr. -Tarboro, N.C.) – Perry, who anchored the left side of the Pirate offensive line, graded out at 95% on all assignments, recording six (6) pancake blocks along the way. The Pirates rushed for 438 yards, 14 shy of a school single-game record, and finished with 560 total yards vs. Norfolk State.