MEAC announces 2010 grid honors

By MEAC Media Relations
Updated: November 21, 2010

NORFOLK, Va. — Bethune-Cookman quarterback Matthew Johnson was selected as the MEAC’s Offensive Player of the Year and South Carolina State’s David Erby earned the Defensive Player of the Year honor, as voted on by the MEAC head football coaches and sports information directors. Antwon Chisholm of Hampton earned the Rookie of the Year award and South Carolina State’s Josh Harrison was selected as the Offensive Lineman of the Year. First year head coach Brian Jenkins of Bethune-Cookman was named the Coach of the Year.

Jenkins took over the reins of the Wildcats’ football program this season and lead B-CU to a 10-1 overall record and 7-1 mark in the MEAC. Johnson led the MEAC in total offense with 2,514 total yards and passing average connecting on 65.1 percent of his passes (140-215-5). He ranked second in the MEAC in passing efficiency (152.46) and 6th in scoring touchdowns (20). He led the Wildcats in rushing with 670 yards on 128 carries and seven touchdowns. He also ranked fifth in the nation in passing efficiency and 22nd in total offense. The senior from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida native was selected as the MEAC’s Offensive Player of the Week five times this season. Erby led the Bulldogs in tackles with 85 (8.5 avg/g) including 53 solo and 32 assisted. He currently ranks 5th in the MEAC in sacks (5.5) and 6th in tackles for loss (13.0). He also boasts three breakups, two interceptions, and one blocked kick. Erby’s contributions has led to the Bulldogs’ overall defensive success this season that currently leads the FCS in rushing defense (64.7 avg/g), pass defense (127.50 avg/g) and total defense (192.2 avg/g). Erby was selected as the MEAC’s Defensive Player of the Week once this season for his efforts against Delaware State (Oct. 30). Rookie Antwon Chisholm quickly became a tough offensive threat for the Hampton Pirates this season. In nine games Chisholm led the Pirates in rushing with 122 carries for 590 yards and four touchdowns. He also caught eight passes for 40 yards. Chisholm was named the MEAC’s Rookie of the Week three times this season and ranks 7th in the conference in rushing (65.6 avg/g). Harrison aided a well-built Bulldog offense that accounted for 3,617 total yards including 1,878 yards on the ground.

Behind Harrison’s blocking the Bulldogs finished number two in the MEAC in total offense and scoring offense. Harrison anchored the offensive line that provided protection for four different players to rush for 200+ yards. It also allowed senior quarterback Malcolm Long to throw for 1,632 yards while giving up a conference low 11 sacks (17th in the FCS).

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