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9th Annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge

2013 OFFICIAL PROGRAM Sunday, September 1, 2013 | 11:45 AM Florida Citrus Bowl - Orlando, Florida Mississippi Valley State vs. Florida A&M espnevents.com/meac-swac

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TA B L E O F C O N T E N T S Mississippi Valley State DELTA DEVILS Founded - 1950 Location Itta Bena, MS Mascot - Delta Devils SCHOOL Colors Forest Green and White Enrollment - 2,500 SCHOOL PRESIDENT Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr.

www.mvsu.edu

Welcome From Disney.................................................. 2 Letter from Mayor of Orlando...................................... 3 Letter from Mayor of Orange County.......................... 4 Letter from Commission Daisy Lynum....................... 5 Letter from Commissioner Duer Sharp (SWAC)........ 6 SWAC Background........................................................ 7 MVSU President............................................................. 8 MVSU Athletic Director................................................. 9 MVSU Head Coach...................................................... 10 MVSU Assistants ........................................................ 11 MVSU Player Head Shots..................................... 12-13 MVSU Roster................................................................ 14 FAMU Roster................................................................ 15 Letter from Commissioner Dennis Thomas............. 16 MEAC Background...................................................... 17 FAMU President........................................................... 18 FAMU Athletic Director............................................... 19 FAMU Head Coach...................................................... 20 FAMU Assistants.......................................................... 21 FAMU Player Head Shots .................................... 22-23 Thank You Page ......................................................... 32

Florida A&M University RATTLERS Founded - 1887 Location Tallahassee, FL Mascot - Rattlers SCHOOL Colors Orange and Green Enrollment - 13,089 SCHOOL PRESIDENT Larry Robinson

www.famu.edu

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We’re thrilled to play a part in the kickoff of the college football season and wish the best of luck to Florida A&M University and Mississippi Valley State University. As you sit on the sidelines here at the Florida Citrus Bowl, you are watching another chapter unfold in Disney’s support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. While football is at the center of today’s event, the MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney is more than a game – it’s a celebration for our entire community that underscores the importance of diversity and higher education, which can make dreams come true both on and off the field. It’s also an event that has inspired the careers of several of our Cast Members and encourages others to help communities of culture thrive. For Central Florida, the MEAC/SWAC Challenge is a chance to showcase our region to the tens of thousands of fans who have come to Orlando to enjoy the game and shine in the national spotlight through broadcasts on ESPN.

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Disney is proud to sponsor the MEAC/SWAC Challenge and provide the framework for student athletes, band members, dancers, and fans to create new memories this Labor Day weekend. It’s just one of the many ways Disney celebrates diversity, and we are delighted to have you join in the celebration. Enjoy the game!

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2101 6th Avenue North, Suite 700 • Birmingham, AL 35203 • Phone: (205) 251-7573 • Fax: (205) 297-9820 • www.swac.org OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER | DUER SHARP

To: All SWAC and MEAC Alumni, Fans, and Supporters: On behalf of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, it’s Council of Presidents and Chancellors and 10-member institutions, it is my pleasure and honor to welcome you to the 9th Annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney. For the SWAC, the Challenge represents a first-time visit for one of the historic teams in the conference, Mississippi Valley State University. I expect today’s meeting between the Delta Devils and MEAC representative, Florida A&M, to be competitive while maintaining the commerce established by the two league’s under the Historically Black Colleges and Universities tradition. The contest is a tremendous showcase for both conferences. I would like to thank the Walt Disney Company, the City of Orlando, and the Florida Citrus Bowl for its hospitality as the host of this year’s event. We would also like to extend gratitude to ESPN and its family of networks. Thank you for providing the exposure for our phenomenal student-athletes. I would like to thank all the supporters of HBCU athletics for their participation and passion in celebrating more than 4,000 student-athletes representing SWAC member institutions. While today’s event pits the SWAC and MEAC on different sides of the field, it is vital that we are united in our pursuit of providing the best possible collegiate experience for our studentathletes and fans. To the fans in attendance, enjoy all the sights, sounds, and pageantry of today’s game. I am confident the Delta Devils and Rattlers will leave everything on the field. Beyond today’s event, please continue to support the SWAC, its member institutions, and most importantly, its student-athletes. Good luck to both teams with best wishes to two historic conferences for the start of an outstanding 2013 season. Good luck to the Delta Devils! Go SWAC! Sincerely, GOOD LUCK DELTA DEVILS! Sincerely, Duer Sharp 6 | 2 0 1 3 M E A C / S WA C C h a l l e n g e Pro g r a m


History of The Southwestern Athletic Conference In 1920, athletic officials from six Texas HBCUs — C.H. Fuller of Bishop College, Red Randolph and C.H. Patterson of Paul Quinn College, E.G. Evans, H.J. Evans and H.J. Starns of Prairie View A&M, D.C. Fuller of Texas College and G. Whitte Jordan of Wiley College — met in Houston, Texas, to discuss common interests. At this meeting, they agreed to form a new league, the SWAC. Paul Quinn became the first of the original members to withdraw from the league when it did so in 1929. When Langston University of Oklahoma was admitted into the conference two years later, it began the migration of state-supported institutions into the SWAC. Southern University entered the ranks in 1934, followed by Arkansas AM&N (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) in 1936 and Texas Southern University in 1954. Rapid growth in enrollment of the state-supported schools made it difficult for the church-supported schools to finance their athletics programs and one by one they fell victim to the growing prowess of the state-supported colleges. Bishop withdrew from the conference in 1956, Langston in 1957 and Huston-Tillotson (formerly Samuel Huston) in 1959, one year after the admittance of two more state-supported schools: Grambling College and Jackson State College. The enter-exit cycle continued in 1961 when Texas College withdrew, followed by the admittance of Alcorn A&M (now Alcorn State University) in 1962. Wiley left in 1968, the same year Mississippi Valley State College entered. Arkansas AM&N exited in 1970 and Alabama State University entered in 1982. Arkansas–Pine Bluff (formerly Arkansas AM&N) rejoined the SWAC on July 1, 1997, regaining full-member status one year later. Alabama A&M University became the conference’s tenth member when it became a full member in September, 1999 after a one year period as an affiliate SWAC member. Most of the former SWAC members that have left the conference are currently a part of the Red River Athletic Conference of the NAIA. Today, the SWAC, considered the premier HBCU conference, ranks among the elite in the nation in terms of alumni playing with professional sports teams, particularly in the sport of football. On the gridiron, the conference as been the biggest draw on the Football Championship Subdivision level of the NCAA, leading the nation in average home attendance for 19 of the 20 years the FCS has been in existence. In 1994, the SWAC fell just 40,000 fans short of becoming the first non-Football Bowl Subdivision conference to attract one million fans to its home games. Current championship competition offered by the SWAC includes competition for men in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, indoor track, outdoor track & field and tennis. Women’s competition is offered in the sports of basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, indoor track, outdoor track & field, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. Southwestern Athletic Conference 2101 6th Avenue North, Suite 700 Birmingham, AL 35203 Telephone: 205.251.7573 Fax: 205.297.9820 Website: www.swac.org Fl o r i d a C i t r u s B o w l / O r l a n d o, Fl o r i d a | 7


Mississippi Valley State University President Dr. ALFRED RANKINS, JR. Dr. Alfred Rankins, Jr. is the acting president of Mississippi Valley State University and associate commissioner for academic and student affairs for the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL). As the IHL system’s chief academic officer, Dr. Rankins has administrative oversight for the Academic Affairs, America Reads Mississippi, College Knowledge, Gear Up Mississippi, Nursing Education, P-20 Initiatives, Strategic Data Management, and Student Affairs units. As head of IHL’s Division of Academic and Student Affairs, Dr. Rankins manages a $14 million dollar budget and advises the IHL Board of Trustees and Commissioner of Higher Education on all matters pertaining to academic programs, policy, and planning; student access, readiness, and success; and faculty affairs. Prior to his appointment at IHL, Dr. Rankins, served on the faculty at Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS, where he served as Chair of Presidents Commission on the Status of Minorities, Vice Chair of the Division of Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine Faculty Senate, and President of Council on Minority Affairs. Additionally, Dr. Rankins served on the Athletic Council, Title IX Gender Oversight Committee, Associate Dean’s Council, and the Center for Teaching and Learning Faculty Advisory Committee. A native of Greenville, MS, Dr. Rankins received a bachelor of science from Alcorn State University and both master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees from Mississippi State University. Dr. Rankins also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Authority for Educational Television, and University Press of Mississippi. He also serves on the Mississippi Commission for College Accreditation and as Secretary-Treasurer for the Mississippi Association of Colleges. Dr. Rankins and his Juandalyn, have two children, Aftyn Elise and Alfred Elijah.

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Mississippi Valley State University Interim Athletic Director LEE SMITH Lee Smith is entering his 12th season as head softball coach at Mississippi Valley State University. Smith, who has served as intramural director since 2003, also began his duties as interim athletic director on June 28, 2013. During his tenure at helm of the softball program, the Wiggins, Miss. native has taken the Devilette program to new heights, winning eight SWAC Tournament championships in the last 10 years. The Devilettes have reached the SWAC Tournament championship in each of the last 10 seasons. Smith’s resume includes eight NCAA Tournament appearances and the distinction of being the first HBCU softball team to win a game at the tournament when the Devilettes defeated Missouri, 4-3. He has been named SWAC Coach of the Year seven times. The Devilettes have gone undefeated in conference action twice under Smith – in 2009 when Valley finished 17-0 and in 2012 when the Devilettes went 16-0. A total of 61 MVSU softball student-athletes have been named All-SWAC under Smith and 45 have been named National Fast-Pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar-Athletes. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) from MVSU in 2000.

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Mississippi Valley State University Head Coach KARL MORGAN Veteran collegiate coach and former UCLA standout Karl Morgan enters his fourth season as the leader of the Mississippi Valley State football program. He was introduced as the 15th head coach at Mississippi Valley State University on January 11, 2010. Morgan also serves as defensive coordinator for the Delta Devils. He came to MVSU after serving five seasons as the defensive coordinator at the University of North Alabama. In his three seasons at the helm at MVSU, the Delta Devils have gone 6-26, but have continued to improve under Morgan. In 2011, Valley finished sixth in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) in total defense and rushing offense. Then in 2012, the Delta Devils led the SWAC and ranked fourth in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) in total defense, allowing just 279.18 yards per game. Valley also ranked second in the conference in scoring defense, while giving up just 18.7 points per game in 2012. The Delta Devils were atop the conference in rushing defense (116.2), pass defense efficiency (99.7) and interceptions (13). Meanwhile, MVSU allowed just 163 passing yards per game (2nd in the SWAC). While at MVSU, Morgan has coached six postseason All-SWAC Delta Devils – all named following the 2012 season. In 2012, Morgan became the first MVSU head football coach to lead the Delta Devils to victories over Southern and Grambling State in the same season since legendary coach Archie Cooley in 1984. Over his five seasons in Florence, Alabama, Morgan has helped lead UNA to a combined 55-10 record that includes a Gulf South Conference Championship and four NCAA playoff berths. With Morgan as defensive coordinator, the Lions have a plus 82 turnover margin in the 65 games he has coached at North Alabama.

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Mississippi Valley State University Assistant Coaches

Terrence Graves Associate Head Coach / Linebackers

Alex Jackson Offensive Coordinator

Riley Murry Running Backs

Rick Worman Associate Head Coach / Quarterbacks

David Cunningham Wide Receivers / Special Teams

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Mississippi Valley State University Players

2

Kevin Eugene

DB

3 Cortez Frizell

RB

4 Carl Davis

QB

5 Stacy Oatis-Browne DB

6 Rashad Pargo

WR

7 Avery Boykin

DB

8 Cherchen Galon

K

9

Patrick Ivy

QB

11 Rashad Jones

QB

12 Jerrell Moore

WR

13 Kendal Perryman DB

14 Jeremy Collins

QB

15 Marcus Reed

QB

16 Zack Brooks

DB

17 Kenneth Dabney WR

19 Grant Sims

QB

20 James Casnel

DB

21 Tre Price

22 Davon Jones

DB

23 Trey Ford

WR

24 Rashad Williams

DB

25 Demarius Pegues DB

26 Jaterrio Merritt

DB

27 Jeremy Johnson DB

29 Quantrail Fleming WR

30 Kevin Haymore

DB

31 Le’Trey Jones

DB

33 Cody Gilichrist

FB

34 Charles Moore

DB

35 Jeremy Dobson

RB

36 Dwayne Springs RB

37 Brandon Powe

LB

39 Patrick Durr

DB

41 Tracy Newton

LS

42 Antonio Benson LB

43 Worrell Troup

LB

44 Justus Williams RB

46 Jacob Leflore

FB

48 Jacob Avery

DE

49 Jo’Nathan Davis FB

52 Demarcus Pegues LB

53 Juwan Brady LB

54 Jameel Franklin

57 Cedric McField

LB

58 Antonio Griggs

OL

59 Tony Hibbler

51 DeShawn Davis LB

DB

LB

32 John Johnson RB

40 Patrick Odom

DB

DE


Mississippi Valley State University Players

DE

65 Granderson Givens OL

67 Takari Rogers

71 Timothy Johnson OL

72 Ceuntae Hartsfield WR

74 Christopher Burns DL

79 Khalil Young

DL

80 Terrance Hudson WR

81 ShaQurik Willis

86 Natron Brooks

TE

87 Joshua Rice

WR

89 H.C McClain DB

90 James Atkinson DL

91 Antonio Thompson, Jr. TE

94 Byron Scott

DL

95 Rico Shaw

DL

96 Sean Fugate

97 Chris Wilson TE

98 Robert Simpson

61 Kevin James

OL

62 Kyle Wiseman

DT

63 Fezelle Price

69 Joshua Leflore

DL

70 Justin Barner

OL

77 Trevin Wallace

OL

78 Rodregus Scruggs DE

84 Richard Drake

WR

85 Julian Stafford

WR

92 Jeremiah Russell DL

93 Chmarcko Goldsberry DL

99 D’Ondre Jackson

Daniel Bivins

DL

LB

64 Alfred Price

WR

DL

DE

68 Eddie Wright

OL

75 Wesley Steele TE

76 Jarrod Lewis

OT

82 Jackie Simpson WR

83 Thomas Brown

WR

DL

LB

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Mississippi Valley State University Players NO PLAYER

POS HT

2 Kevin Eugene DB Sr. 3 Cortez Frizell RB So. 4 Carl Davis QB So. 5 Stacy Oatis-Browne DB Fr. 6 Rashad Pargo WR Jr. 7 Avery Boykin DB Jr. 8 Cherchen Galon K Jr. 9 Patrick Ivy QB Jr. 11 Rashad Jones QB Fr. 12 Jerrell Moore WR Jr. 13 Kendal Perryman DB Fr. 14 Jeremy Collins QB Jr. 15 Marcus Reed QB Fr. 16 Zack Brooks DB Fr. 17 Kenneth Dabney WR Sr. 19 Grant Sims QB Fr. 20 James Casnel DB Fr. 21 Tre Price DB So. 22 Davon Jones DB Sr. 23 Trey Ford WR Jr. 24 Rashad Williams DB Fr. 25 Demarius Pegues DB Sr. 26 Jaterrio Merritt DB Jr. 27 Jeremy Johnson DB So. 29 Quantrail Fleming WR Fr. 30 Kevin Haymore DB So. 31 Le’Trey Jones DB So. 32 John Johnson RB So. 33 Cody Gilchrist FB Fr. 34 Charles Moore DB R-So. 35 Jeremy Dobson RB Fr. 36 Dwayne Springs RB So. 37 Brandon Powe LB Sr. 39 Patrick Durr RB So. 40 Patrick Odom DB Fr. 41 Tracy Newton LS Fr. 42 Antonio Benson LB Sr. 43 Worrell Troup LB Sr. 44 Justus Williams RB Fr. 45 Jaret Houston LB Fr. 46 Jacob Leflore FB So. 48 Jacob Avery DE Sr. 49 Jo’Nathan Davis FB Jr. 51 DeShawn Davis LB Sr. 52 Demarcus Pegues LB Jr. 53 Juwan Brady LB Jr. 54 Jameel Franklin LB Sr. 57 Cedric McField LB So. 58 Antonio Griggs OL Sr. 59 Tony Hibbler DE Fr. 61 Kevin James OL Sr. 62 Kyle Wiseman DT Fr. 63 Fezelle Price LB So. 64 Alfred Price DE So. 65 Granderson Givens OL Jr. 67 Takari Rogers DL Fr. 68 Eddie Wright OL So.

WT CL 5-11 5-10 6-1 5-10 6-2 6-0 5-10 6-4 5-9 5-11 5-11 6-0 6-3 5-9 5-7 6-2 6-2 5-9 6-3 5-10 5-11 6-0 5-10 5-9 5-9 5-9 5-9 5-8 6-0 5-10 5-8 5-8 6-1 5-9 6-1 6-4 6-1 6-2 6-0 5-10 5-9 6-5 5-6 6-2 6-2 6-2 6-0 6-2 6-1 6-1 6-2 6-1 6-1 6-1 6-1 5-10 6-3

Hometown/High School/Transfer

175 Miami, FL/Miami Carol City HS 195 Durant, MS/Durant HS 180 Mobile, AL/John Leflore HS 170 Gulfport, MS/ JR Arnold HS 188 Aberdeen, MS 190 Wilmington,Del/Estrella Foothills HS 168 Miami, FL/Miami Northland Senior HS 215 Wheaton, Ill. / Caholia HS 200 Clinton, Miss. 185 Fort Wayne, IN/ Fern Creek HS 170 Indianola, MS/ Gentry HS 215 Greenwood, MS/Greenwood HS 185 Pontotoc, MS/ Pontotoc HS 160 Shannon, MS/ Okolona HS 156 New Orleans, LA/West St. John HS 178 Itta Bena, MS/Leflore County High 175 Canton, MS/Velma Jackson HS 175 Olive Branch, MS/Olive Branch HS 207 Phoenix,Ariz/ Mountain Pointe HS 170 Memphis, TN/Mitchell HS 190 Bay St. Louis,MS/ Bay HS 205 Oxford, Miss./Oxford HS 180 Southaven, MS/Southaven HS 170 Bassfield, MS/Bassfield HS 157 Winona, Miss. /Winoa HS 175 Greenwood, MS/Greenwood HS 180 Greenwood, MS/Greenwood HS 190 Mound Bayou, MS/Olive Branch HS 205 Fayette,MS/Jefferson County HS 180 Greenville, MS/Greenville-Weston HS 185 Byram,MS/Provine HS 205 Waukegan, IL/Waukegan HS 230 Shelby, MS/Broadstreet HS 175 Pearl, MS/Brandon HS 190 Jackson, MS/ Forest Hill High School 188 Dickinson, AL/Clarke County HS 207 Crystal Springs, MS/Crystal Springs HS 231 Miami, FL/Coral Gables Senior HS 170 Waveland, MS/Bay HS 210 Moss Point, MS/ Moss Point HS 243 Byram, MS/Terry HS 260 Carson,CA/Banning HS 249 Ruleville, MS/Ruleville Central HS 235 Los Angeles, Cali/Lockland HS 230 Oxford, MS/Oxford HS 220 Greenville, MS/Greenville-Weston HS 205 Jacksonville, FL/First Coast HS 230 Jackson, MS/Callaway HS 280 Columbus, MS/West Lowdnes HS 241 Sardis, MS/North Panola HS 330 Evans, GA/Greenbrier HS 277 Olive Branch, MS/Olive Branch HS 215 Jackson, MS/Callaway H S 225 Memphis, TN/Frayser HS 386 Greenwood, MS/Amanda Elzy HS 285 Hawthorne, Cali/ Junipero Serra HS 285 Memphis, TN/Mitchell HS

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NO PLAYER

POS HT

69 Joshua Leflore DL Fr. 70 Justin Barner OL Sr. 71 Timothy Johnson OL Jr. 72 Ceuntae Hartsfield OL Fr. 74 Christopher Burns DL Fr. 75 Wesley Steele TE Jr. 76 Jarrod Lewis OT Jr. 77 Trevin Wallace OL So. 78 Rodregus Scruggs OL Fr. 79 Khalil Young DL Fr. 80 Terrance Hudson WR So. 81 ShaQurik Willis WR Fr. 82 Jackie Simpson WR So. 83 Thomas Brown WR Fr. 84 Richard Drake WR Sr. 85 Julian Stafford WR Jr. 86 Natron Brooks TE Fr. 87 Joshua Rice WR Fr. 89 H.C McClain DB Fr. 90 James Atkinson DL Sr. 91 Antonio Thompson, Jr. TE Fr. 92 Jeremiah Russell DL Sr. 93 Chmarcko Goldsberry DL Sr. 94 Byron Scott DL Jr. 95 Rico Shaw DL Sr. 96 Sean Fugate DL Jr. 97 Chris Wilson TE Jr. 98 Robert Simpson DL Sr. 99 D’Ondre Jackson DL So. Daniel Bivins LB Jr.

WT CL 5-10 6-2 6-4 6-2 6-3 6-2 6-7 6-6 6-4 6-5 5-9 6-0 5-9 5-8 6-2 5-10 6-3 5-10 6-0 5-8 6-1 6-3 5-11 6-3 6-2 6-2 6-2 6-4 6-4 6-0

Hometown/High School/Transfer

230 Bryam, MS/Terry HS 295 Clinton, MS/Clinton HS 360 Clarksdale, MS/Coahoma County HS 240 Birmingham, AL/Woodlawn HS 360 Memphis, TN/ Cordova HS 236 Moss Point, MS/Moss Point HS 315 Houston, Tx/ EvanE. Worthing 315 Memphis, TN/Hamilton HS 284 Memphis, TN/Mitchell HS 241 New Orleans, LA/McDonogh 35 180 Greenwood, MS/Greenwood HS 180 Indianola, MS/ Gentry 165 Indianola, MS/Gentry HS 150 Memphis, TN/Sheffield HS 200 Atlanta, GA/Stephenson HS 180 Memphis, TN/Sheffield HS 210 Tampa, Fl/Tampa Bay Tech HS 155 Starkville, MS/ Starkville HS 185 Philladelphia, PA/ John Bartram HS 278 Moorhead, MS/Gentry HS 243 Memphis, TN/ Frayser HS 255 Southfield, MI/ Southfield-Lathrup HS 280 West Helena, AR/ 247 Tunica, MS/ Rosa Fort HS 320 Ruleville, MS/Ruleville Central HS 240 Phoenix, AZ/ Boulder Creek HS 250 Greenville, MS/ Greenville-Weston HS 255 Gulfport, MS/Biloxi HS 340 Greenwood, MS/Greenwood HS 225 Attapulgus, GA/ Bainbridge HS

COACHING STAFF

Karl Morgan – Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator Terrence Graves – Assistant Head Coach / Linebackers Alex Jackson – Offensive Coordinator Rick Worman – Quarterbacks Coach Riley Murry – Running Backs David Cunningham – Assistant Coach / Receivers / Special Teams Carlos Hollis – Defensive Backs Joseph Williams – Football Equipment Manager


Florida A & M University Players No. Name Fixed

Pos. Ht. Wt. Exp. Hometown/High School/College or JUCO

No. Name Fixed

Pos. Ht. Wt. Exp. Hometown/High School/College or JUCO

1 Al-Terek McBurse RB

5-11 205 r-Sr. Oviedo, Fla. / Purdue / Winter Springs HS

80 Victor Love

WR

6-5 177 Fr. Orlando, Fla./ Oak Ridge HS

3 Devan Roberts DB

6-1 200 Sr Ocala, Fla./ Forest HS

81 Dewayne Harvey

WR

6-1 205 Jr. Tallahassee, Fla. /Florida HS

4 Devonte Terry Johnson DB

6-0 183 Jr.. Tallahassee, Fla./Rickards HS

82 Michael Morris

TE/FB 6-4 235 r-So. Jacksonville, Fla./Andrew Jackson HS WR

5

Patrick Aiken CB

5-10 170 r-So. Pembroke Pines, Fla. / Flanagan

83 Admasen Felix

6

George Elijah Maxey LB

6-2 230 r-So. Jacksonville, Fla./Raines HS / FIU

84 Zachary Webster TE/WR 6-4 220 Fr.

Jacksonville, Fla./ Stanton

85 Desmond Noird TE/WR 6-3 210 Fr.

Lithonia, Ga./Chamblee HS

7 Damien Fleming

QB

6-3 210 So. Jacksonville, Fla./Ribault HS

8

LB

6-4 230 Sr. Tallahassee, Fla./ Rickards/ Univ. of Illinois

86 Montavius Williams

WR

WR

6-6 210 r-Jr. Neola, Utah/ Union HS

87 Tra’ Von Holmes

WR

6-0 180 Fr.

88 Michael Ethridge TE

Brandon Denmark

9 Casey Glines

10 Timothy T.J. Abrams QB

Belle Glades, Fla./Glades Central HS

6-0 160 r-Fr. Tallahassee, Fla. / Godby HS 5-7 155 Fr. Tallahassee, Fla./Rickards HS 6-2 230 Sr. Tallahassee, Fla./Godby HS

6-2 214 r-Fr. Jacksonville, Fla./Yulee HS

89 Dennis Hall

14 Darren Parker DB

6-0 170 Fr.

90 Frances Mays DE

6-10 290 Sr.

15 Marshane Godbolt DB

5-10 165 So. Crawfordville, Fla./ Wakulla HS

91 Romario Chisholm DE

6-3 260 So. Orlando, Fla. / Evans HS

12 Carson Royal

QB

Miami, Fla./Booker T. Washington

WR

5-11 195 r-Jr. Palm Beach, Fla./Lake Worth

5-10 170 r-Jr. Belle Glade, Fla. / Pahokee HS Bemidji, Minn./Bemidji HS/Central Lakes HS

19 Jonathan Pillow DB

6-0 202 rSr. Jacksonville, Fla./Mandarin HS

92 Michael Lovejoy DT

6-4 265 So. Pensacola, Fla../Escambia HS

20 Tysean Holloway RB

6-0 205 r-Fr. Asheville, N.C./Asheville HS/Appalachian

93 Matthew Caleb Helms DE

6-4 255 So. Tallahassee, Fla./ North Florida Christian

21 James Owens RB

5-9 180 r-Sr. Apopka, Fla./Wekiva HS

94 Tyrone Williams DL

6-1 280 r-Jr. Sumter, S.C./FSCC/ Greenville

23 Vasty Paul DB

5-11 200 r-Jr. Tampa, Fla./Middleton HS

96 Danzell Williams

24 Lemond Demont Buice RB

6-1 220 Jr.

25 John Oye Ojo SS

6-3 212 Sr. Tallahassee, Fla./ Florida HS

26 Rashad Guyton, Jr. SS

5-8 180 So. Greenville, Fla. / Madison County HS

27 Lenworth Lennon

WR

Gadsden, Ala./Clemson

6-1 205 r-Fr. Fort Lauderdale, Fla./ Pampano Beach HS

32 Omari Albert RB

5-7 200 r-Fr. Orlando, Fla./Wekiva HS

33 Chase Varnadore

K/P

5-11 170 r-Jr. Tallahassee, Fla./Florida HS

36 Colby Blanton

K/P

6-3 235 Fr. Sarasota, Fla./Sarasota HS

39 Tyler Riley

5-11 215 So. Ocala, Fla./Trinity Catholic

42 David White

LB

43 Lonnie Locket, Jr. RB

6-5 245 r-So. Fort Walton Beach, Fla. / Choctawhatchee HS 6-6 316 Fr.

5-11 165 Fr. Naples, Fla./ Naples HS 6-2 200 So. Tampa, Fla./ Jefferson HS 6-0 215 r-Sr. Baton Rouge, La./ Univ. of La/. Monroe/Catholic HS

44 Derrick Connor DE

6-4 225 r-Jr. Miami, Fla./Miramar HS

46 Bobby Jackson

LB

6-1 230 Sr.

47 Akil Blount

LB

6-3 225 So. Pittsburgh, Pa./Linsly HS

48 Raphael Smith

LB

6-0 240 Fr.

49 Nolan Norton

LB

6-1 215 r-So. Tallahassee, Fla./Florida HS

51 Michael Ducre

LB

Miami, Fla./Miami Jackson Plant City, Fla./ Durant HS

6-2 230 Sr. Orlando, Fla. / Dr. Phillips HS

52 William Luke Helms ILB

6-2 225 Fr. Tallahassee, Fla./ Godby HS

54 Curtis Alexander OLB

6-2 215 Fr.

Quincy, Fla./East Gadsden HS

55 Douglas Almendares OC

6-3 310 Sr.

Miami, Fla./North Miami HS/ Nassau County College

56 Kashawn Butler

LB

6-1 220 r-So. Dania Complanding, Fla./Nova

57 William Smalls

LB

58 Kevin House OL 59 Trevor Bone

LB

Lilburn, Ga./ Brookwood HS

6-1 210 r-Fr. Jacksonville, Fla./ Atlantic Coast/

37 Alonzo Palmer-Hicks TE LS

97 James Broaddus DE 99 Darien Holston DL

5-9 175 r-Jr.. Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Boyd Anderson HS

31 Neal Cunningham S

41 Jules Dornevil DB

LS/DL 6-0 268 r-Fr. Wildwood, Fla. / Wildwood HS

6-2 230 Jr. Austell, Ga./South Cobb 6-3 300 r-Sr. Jacksonville, Fla./Ed White HS 6-4 240 r-Fr. Kansas City, Mo./ Winter Springs HS

62 Keonte Cash OL

5-11 310 Fr.

63 Reginald Turner C

6-4 300 r-Fr. Kissimmee, Fla./ Osceola HS

Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit Prep

70 Ryan Templeton OT

6-3 317 r-Jr. Chicago, Ill./TF South

71 Daniel Lennon OG

6-2 290 r-Fr. Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / Miramar HS

72 Richard Johnson OL

6-4 285 Fr.

73 Joseph Rushin OL

6-3 275 Fr. Orlando, Fla./ West Orange

Gainesville, Fla./Eastside HS

75 Zerrie Patterson OL

6-2 340 So. Fort Pierce, Fla./ Fort Pierce Central

78 Christopher McCall DE

6-3 245 Fr.

COACHING STAFF

Earl Holmes - Head Coach George Small - Associate Head Coach/Defensive Line Coach Quinn Gray - Offensive Coordinator/QB Coach Levon Kirkland - Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach Elijah Williams - Running Backs Juan Vasquez - Special Team Coach/Kickers Ernie Mills - Wide Receivers Corey Fuller - Defensive Backs Coach Edwin Pata - Offensive Line Coach Chris Cash - Safeties Coach

Panama City, Fla./Mosley HS

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OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER BETHUNE-COOKMAN UNIVERSITY Daytona Beach, FL COPPIN STATE UNIVERSITY Baltimore, MD DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY Dover, DE FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY Tallahassee, FL HAMPTON UNIVERSITY Hampton, VA HOWARD UNIVERSITY Washington, DC UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE Princess Anne, MD MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY Baltimore, MD NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY Norfolk, VA N.C. CENTRAL UNIVERSITY Durham, NC

Dear MEAC Students, Alumni and Fans: I bring you salutations from 13 truly outstanding academic institutions as we welcome you to Orlando, Florida, for the ninth annual MEAC/ SWAC Challenge presented by Disney. I am pleased that Florida A&M University will represent the MidEastern Athletic Conference in this year’s game against the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s Mississippi Valley State University. I look forward to a competitive matchup that displays great sportsmanship and showcases the talented student-athletes, coaches and the respective institutions. As always, I know the 2013 MEAC/SWAC Challenge football game, as well as the ancillary events will provide an excellent athletic, educational and entertainment experience for the participants and fans. In addition, I am elated that the game will be broadcasted on a national platform such as ESPN. So don’t miss the excitement of the game and your chance to witness all the pageantry, bands and tailgating festivities.

N.C. A&T STATE UNIVERSITY Greensboro, NC

I would like to recognize the City of Orlando, Orange County and Orlando Venues for being such great hosts. I further extend gratitude to ESPN and the Walt Disney World Resort for their commitment to these two great conferences.

SAVANNAH STATE UNIVERSITY Savannah, GA

Good luck to both Florida A&M and Mississippi Valley State on today’s game, as well as to our other MEAC and SWAC institutions on the remainder of the 2013 football season.

S.C. STATE UNIVERSITY Orangeburg, SC

Go MEAC! Sincerely,

Dennis E. Thomas, Ed.D.

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History of The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) enters its 44th year of intercollegiate competition heading into the 2013-14 academic school year. Located in Norfolk, Va., the MEAC is made up of 13 outstanding historically black institutions across the Atlantic coastline: Bethune-Cookman University, Coppin State University, Delaware State University, Florida A&M University, Hampton University, Howard University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina Central University, Savannah State University, and South Carolina State University. The MEAC sponsors 16 Division I (FCS) sports with automatic qualifying bids for National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) postseason competition in baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, football, men’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, softball, and volleyball. MEAC student-athletes excel on and off the field and several have been recognized on ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America and All-District teams. The conference sponsors All-Academic teams in each of its sports and awards two post-graduate scholarships of $5,000 each annually to one male and one female student-athlete who have excelled academically and athletically and are in their final season of intercollegiate athletics eligibility and competition under MEAC and NCAA regulations. MEMBERSHIP HISTORY In 1969, a bold ad hoc group of innovators long associated with intercollegiate athletics met in Durham, North Carolina, to discuss the feasibility of organizing a new conference. From these discussions, they formed a steering and planning committee to fully investigate the idea, present a detailed report with recommendations to interested collegiate institutions and construct a workshop to outline proposals. After selecting a proposal and adopting a program, seven institutions (Delaware State College, Howard University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina Central University and South Carolina State College) agreed to become the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Their major objective was to establish, organize and supervise an intercollegiate athletic program among a compact group of educational institutions of high academic standards with a sound philosophy of co-curricular activities. The conference agreed to seek Division I status for its sports.

in 1981 and Morgan State returned in 1984. Florida A&M opted to resign in 1984 but rejoined the conference in 1986. Coppin State College was granted admittance in 1985, becoming the ninth member institution. The MEAC expanded again in the 1990s with the inclusion of Hampton University (1995) and Norfolk State University (1997). The conference grew once again in 2007 with the addition of Winston-Salem State University. Winston-Salem State, a MEAC provisional member, did not meet the qualifications for Division I and withdrew from the conference following the 2009-10 academic and athletic season. On July 1, 2010, the MEAC made its most recent expansion with the admittance of North Carolina Central and Savannah State University. On June 8, 1980, the MEAC was classified as a Division I conference by the NCAA. Prior to that year, the MEAC operated as a Division II conference. The month after it achieved Division I status, the conference received an automatic qualification to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. Currently, the conference has automatic qualifying bids for NCAA postseason play in baseball (since 1994), men’s basketball (since 1981), women’s basketball (since 1982), football (since 1996), softball (since 1995), men’s and women’s tennis (since 1998), and volleyball (since 1994). SPORTS HISTORY The MEAC declares champions in eight men’s sports – baseball, basketball, cross country, football, men’s golf, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field and tennis and eight women’s sports - cross country, basketball, bowling, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, softball, tennis and volleyball. The MEAC initiated cross country in 1980, and North Carolina A&T earned the inaugural men’s crown. The first women’s cross country championship took place a year later, with Howard winning the first of its seven titles. Indoor Track and Field was also added in 1981, with South Carolina State capturing the men’s title and Howard winning the women’s crown. Tennis and golf returned as MEAC-governed sports in 1981 after a five-year hiatus. South Carolina State won all seven of the conference’s golf titles from 1972-1983 before the sport was discontinued after the 1983 championship.

The conference was confirmed in 1970, kicking off its first season of competition in football in 1971.

In wrestling, Morgan State won 13 of 24 conference championships before the sport was discontinued in 1995.

In 1978, the MEAC reached a milestone when it selected Kenneth A. Free to be its first full-time commissioner. Free served the conference for 18 years before stepping down in May of 1996. In July 1996, Charles S. Harris was named commissioner and served in the capacity until April 2002. On September 1, 2002, Dr. Dennis E. Thomas was named commissioner and has served in the position for 10 years. The conference’s first expansion occurred in October 1979, when Bethune-Cookman College and Florida A&M University were voted into the MEAC as members. Original members Morgan State, North Carolina Central and Maryland Eastern Shore withdrew from the conference at the end of the 1979-80 fiscal year. Maryland Eastern Shore was readmitted

Baseball, which began in 1972, was discontinued following the 1977 season. It was brought back as a MEAC-governed sport along with women’s volleyball in 1983. Women’s softball became a MEAC-sanctioned sport in 1992. Bowling was officially sanctioned as a MEAC sport in 1999. The MEAC was the first conference to secure NCAA sanctioning for women’s bowling by adopting the club sport prior to the 1996-97 school year. Men’s golf returns as a MEAC sponsored sport this year, 2013-14, with six teams participating in the conference championship. Fl o r i d a C i t r u s B o w l / O r l a n d o, Fl o r i d a | 1 7


Florida A & M University Interim President Dr. Larry Robinson On August 15, 2012, the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Board of Trustees named Larry Robinson, Ph.D. as the interim president. In this capacity, he is responsible for the operation of the university which includes more than 12, 000 students and more than 700 faculty. In May 2010, Robinson took a leave of absence from the university to serves as Assistant Secretary for Commerce for Conservation and Management at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Robinson supported and managed NOAA’s coastal and marine programs, including marine sanctuaries for preserving areas of special national significance, fisheries management to sustain economic prosperity and nautical charts for safe navigation. He also supported NOAA’s participation as lead agency addressing the BP oil spill crisis and President Barack Obama’s Ocean Policy Task Force. Robinson returned to the University as a special assistant to the president and professor on November 21, 2011 and coordinated the administrative and eminent scholar searches, the integration of Graduate Studies and Title III programs with the Division of Sponsored Research and the reorganization of the administrative structure and matters related to the investigation of hazing at FAMU. Between 1984 and 1997, Robinson served as a research scientist and a group leader at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His work there included detection and assessment of special nuclear materials and application of nuclear methods in the nonproliferation, environmental science, forensic science and the high purity materials. From 1997 to 2003, Robinson directed FAMU’s Environmental Sciences Institute where he led efforts to establish the bachelor and doctoral degree programs. In 2007, he became the first African American to serve as the science advisor to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative State Research, Education and Extensive Service. Robinson attended LeMoyne-Owens College in 1975, graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Memphis State University in 1979, and earned a doctorate in nuclear chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis in 1984. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, Ecological Society of America, the National Association of Black Chemist and Chemical Engineers and Sigma Xi. Dr. Robinson career at FAMU includes: • Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, March 16, 2012- August 15, 2012. • Special Assistant to the President and Professor, 2011Chief Operating Officer, • Vice President for Research, 2007-2010 • Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, 2003-2005 1 8 | 2 0 1 3 M E A C / S WA C C h a l l e n g e Pro g r a m


Florida A & M University Interim Athletic Director Michael Smith Michael Smith became the interim director of FAMU Athletics in June, marking his second stint in the position. He comes to the Rattler nation from Cleveland, Ohio. The Buckeye state product came to FAMU in 1980 as a student from Glenville High School. Smith walked on to the high successful football program at Florida A&M against substantial odds. The FAMU program had recently won two national championships and was a hotbed for talent. With the dedication and determination that has symbolized his career, Smith went from undersized walk-on to captain of the team his senior year, where he earned second team/honorable mentions. He would player under the direction of fellow Ohio native and Ohio State University running back, Rudy Hubbard, who was the head coach of the Rattlers. Smith received his undergraduate degree from the famed FAMU School of Business and Industry in Accounting in 1985. He then went on to become an MBA candidate while serving as graduate assistant for the Rattlers. On the field, he earned All-MEAC second team one season and honorable mention another. During his playing days, Smith was known for the big plays. FAMU radio announcer Othello Chico Renfroe and Keith Miles nicknamed him Mr. Excitement, for his kick returns as well as signature end-around plays. Smith took the helm of the FAMU athletic department on an interim basis upon the departure of William Bill Hayes in December of 2009. He was appointed to maintain and to sustain the department during the busiest time of the year by FAMU president Dr. James H. Ammons. His recent appointment to the position by interim president Dr. Larry Robinson, comes upon to the departure of athletic director Derek Horne. Smith wasted, no time getting to work, working out critical details and preparations for the much-anticipated 2013-2014 athletic season. With a revamped coaching staff on the football team, FAMU Athletics, under the direction of Smith has prepared to start the season of with a bang. Smith was no stranger to the FAMU athletics before. He was working as the Director of Business, Financial and Auxiliary Services at FAMU since 2001. His department monitored the finances and the business affairs of the athletic department at FAMU, while raising critical external dollars for the school. His negotiations skills were tantamount to his successful years in the department. Previously he worked for six years as the business manager in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and in the office of the Inspector General. Smith was also chair person of the Title IX program, which is where he developed his commitment to women’s athletics. One of Smith’s strong suits is organization skills which he has brought to the FAMU Department of Athletics. Smith has instituted weekly staff meeting that has galvanized the communication between the internal departments and the external components of operations. Smith is married to the former Loretta Footman, a former All-State track standout and former member of the Marching 100. They have four children Michael, Jr., Laureal, Lauren and Mallex, who is in the minor leagues with the San Diego Padres system.

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Florida A & M University Head Coach EARL HOLMES One of Florida A&M’s greatest defensive players of all time, Tallahassee native Earl Holmes is entering his first season as head coach of his alma mater. Holmes served as FAMU’s defensive coordinator and linebacker’s coach from 2010-2012 and served as linebacker’s coach and co-defensive coordinator for two season for the 2008 and 2009 season. Last season, Holmes’ defensive unit finished fourth in the MEAC in scoring defense (23.1), total defense (321.4), rushing defense (139.3), and fifth in passing defense (182.1). Also Holmes produced all-conference performers linebacker Brandon Hepburn, who was a seventh round draftee by Detroit Lions and defensive lineman Padric Scott, who signed a free agent contract with the Arizona Cardinals. In 2011, Holmes’ defensive unit finished the sixth in the conference in scoring defense (24.6), and rushing defense (144.3), eighth in total defense (366.9) and ninth in passing defense (222.6), produced all-conference performer safety John Ojo. In addition, that season, the Rattler defensive unit finished with 22 interceptions, the second most in school history, ranking them second in the NCAA (FCS- Div I-AA) in passes intercepted. In the month of November the Rattler Secondary led all of FBS (Div I-A) and FCS (Div I-AA). Holmes in 2010 season as defensive coordinator, his unit ranked second in the MEAC in scoring defense (18.4), fourth in total defense (294.6) and fifth in rushing defense (130.5) and passing defense (165.2), producing all-conference performers, defensive backs Qier Hall and Curtis Holcomb, who was a seventh round draft pick by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2010 draft. In 2009, Holmes produced second team all-conference Bryan Parker, who received a tryout with the Detroit Lions. Know affectionately by family and FAMU fans as The Hitman, Holmes played for the Rattlers from 1992 to 1995, finishing as the school’s all-time leader in tackles. Holmes captured NCAA Division I-AA and Black College All-American honors in 1994 and 1995, and was selected as the Sheridan Broadcasting Network College Defensive Player of the Year as well as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 1995. With Holmes in charge of the posse, the Rattlers rode their defensive units to some major accomplishments during his career, highlighted by their stunning 13-0 upset of previously undefeated and Number One ranked Grambling in 1994, followed by an undisputed 1995 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title, after turning in a perfect 7-0 record and earning a berth in the 1996 Jim Walter Holmes Heritage Bowl against Southern University (21 solos). A three-time first team All-MEAC selections, Holmes was a devastating tackler while at Florida A&M, completing his career with 509 total tackles, 309 solo takedowns and 200 assisted tackles – all Rattler career records. Holmes also finished his playing days at FAMU with eight career interceptions, returning three for touchdowns, with 38 tackles for loss, 6.5 quarterback sacks, 32 pass break-ups and a trio of fumble recoveries. He led the team in tackles as a sophomore (132), junior (111) and a senior (171) after a splashy redshirt freshman debut in 1992, when he finished with 95 total stops, four sacks, eight tackles for loss and game winning 40-yard interception return for a TD against South Carolina State. His 1995 senior season totals shattered all existing school marks for season solo tackles (103) and total tackles (171), highlighted b a spectacular one-man demolition derby performance against Southern University in Atlanta on November 4, when he totaled 30 tackles against the Jaguars. Following his collegiate career, Homes was drafted in the fourth round of the 1996 National Football League drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played 10 seasons in the NFL at linebacker, six with Pittsburgh (1996-2001), one season with the Cleveland Browns (2002) and three with the Detroit Lions (2003-05) before retiring. A solid, run-stopping middle linebacker in the NFL, Holmes totaled 958 career tackles (685 solos), with 89 tackles for loss, 29 pass deflections and five recovered fumbles in 10 seasons. Holmes was a two-time All-State and All-District performer at FAMU High School (1989, 1990), playing both defensive end and linebacker. He enrolled at the University in 1991 but redshirted in football. A member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Holmes was inducted into the FAMU Sports Hall of Fame in September of 2005. He and his wife Tiffany reside in Tallahassee are the proud parents of one son, Earl Jr. 2 0 | 2 0 1 3 M E A C / S WA C C h a l l e n g e Pro g r a m


Florida A & M University Assistant Coaches

George Small Associate Head Coach Defensive Line Coach

Quinn Gray Offensive Coordinator QB Coach

Levon Kirkland Defensive Coordinator Linebackers Coach

Brian Gilmore Defensive Assistant Coach

Chris Cash Safeties Coach

Corey Fuller Defensive Backs Coach

Edwin Pata Offensive Line Coach

Elijah Williams Running Backs

Ernie Mills Wide Receivers

Juan Vasquez Special Team Coach Kickers

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Florida A & M University Players

1 Al-Terek McBurse RB

3 Devan Roberts DB

4 Devonte Johnson DB

5 Patrick Aiken

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6 George Maxey

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7 Damien Fleming

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8 Brandon Denmark LB

9 Casey Glines

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10 Timothy T.J. Abrams QB

12 Carson Royal

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14 Darren Parker

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15 Marshane Godbolt DB

19 Jonathan Pillow

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20 Tysean Holloway RB

21 James Owens

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23 Vasty Paul

24 Lemond Buice

RB

25 John Oye Ojo

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26 Rashad Guyton, Jr. SS

27 Lenworth Lennon WR

32 Omari Albert

RB

33 Chase Varnadore K/P

36 Colby Blanton

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37 Alonzo Palmer-Hicks TE

39 Tyler Riley

44 Derrick Connor

46 Bobby Jackson

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47 Akil Blount

48 Raphael Smith

43 Lonnie Locket, Jr. RB

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41 Jules Dornevil

49 Nolan Norton

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31 Neal Cunningham

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42 David White

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51 Michael Ducre

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52 W. Luke Helms

62 Keonte Cash

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54 Curtis Alexander OLB

55 Douglas Almendares OC

56 Kashawn Butler

63 Reginald Turner

70 Ryan Templeton

71 Daniel Lennon

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81 Dewayne Harvey WR

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78 Christopher McCall DE

80 Victor Love

86 Montavius Williams WR

87 Tra’ Von Holmes WR

88 Michael Ethridge TE

89 Dennis Hall

93 Matthew Helms

94 Tyrone Williams

96 Danzell Williams LS/DL

97 James Broaddus DE

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82 Michael Morris TE/FB

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57 William Smalls

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58 Kevin House

FB

72 Richard Johnson OL

73 Joseph Rushin

83 Admasen Felix

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84 Zachary Webster TE/WR

90 Frances Mays

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91 Romario Chisholm DE

99 Darien Holston

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59 Trevor Bone

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75 Zerrie Patterson OL

85 Desmond Noird TE/WR

92 Michael Lovejoy

DT

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History of the MEAC/SWAC Challenge Each year, the MEAC/SWAC Challenge, an ESPN Regional Television owned-and-operated event, is played at a neutral site within the footprint of one of the conferences. The inaugural MEAC/SWAC Challenge in 2005 showcased the MEAC’s South Carolina State University vs. Alabama State University of the SWAC, with South Carolina State prevailing, 27-14. In 2006, the contest went into overtime with the MEAC’s Hampton University defeating the SWAC’s Grambling State University, 27-26. The SWAC earned its first MEAC/SWAC Challenge trophy in 2007 as Southern University defeated Florida A&M University, 33-27. In 2008, the event moved from Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. to the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium where the MEAC reclaimed the MEAC/SWAC Challenge crown as Hampton defeated Jackson State University 17-13. In 2009, the MEAC/SWAC Challenge pitted the MEAC’s defending champion South Carolina State against the 2008 SWAC title winner Grambling State University. South Carolina State defeated Grambling State 34-31 and extended the MEAC’s all-time series lead to 4-1. The 2010 game featured the MEAC’s Delaware State University against the SWAC’s Southern University. Southern earned the SWAC’s

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second win of the series by defeating Delaware State 37-27. In 2011, the MEAC’s Bethune-Cookman University made its debut at the MEAC/SWAC Challenge and faced the SWAC’s Prairie View A&M University. Bethune-Cookman defeated Prairie View A&M 63-14 in the largest marginal victory in the history of the MEAC Challenge. The win extended the MEAC’s lead in the series 5-2. The eighth installment featured Alabama State and returned Bethune-Cookman, marking the first time in the series that an institution had appeared in back-to-back years. Bethune-Cookman erased a 21-0 deficit and matched two of the greatest comebacks in school history to defeat Alabama State, 38-28. The win gave the MEAC a four-game edge in the series, 6-2. This year’s game of the MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney will feature Florida A&M University and Mississippi Valley State. Florida A&M returns to the MEAC/SWAC Challenge for the first time since 2007 while Mississippi Valley State makes its debut in the cross conference series. The yearly event, which features teams from two prominent HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and University) conferences, returns to the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

GAMES IN REVIEW Game 1 | Sept. 3, 2005 | Birmingham, AL Score by Quarter: ASU SCSU

1 2 3 4 F 0 7 0 7 14 10 7 7 3 27

In a battle of conference champions, South Carolina State used a balanced attack and timely defensive stops to garner a 27-14 win over Alabama State.

Game 2 | Sept. 2, 2006 | Birmingham, AL Score by Quarter: GSU Hampton

1 2 3 4 OT F 7 0 13 0 6 26 7 3 3 7 7 27

A blocked extra point in overtime proved to be the difference as the Hampton Pirates captured a victory over the Grambling State Tigers.

Game 3 | Sept. 1, 2007 | Birmingham, AL Score by Quarter: FAMU SU

1 2 3 4 F 7 13 0 7 27 6 6 14 7 33

The third time proved to be the charm as the Southern Jaguars downed the Florida A&M Rattlers 33-27.

Game 4 | Aug. 31, 2008 | Orlando, FL Score by Quarter: JSU Hampton

1 2 3 4 F 7 0 0 6 13 0 3 7 7 17

Hampton converted a pair of second half turnovers into touchdowns to rally past Jackson State 17-13.

Game 5 | Sept. 6, 2009 | Orlando, FL Score by Quarter: SCSU GSU

1 2 3 4 F 14 7 13 0 34 0 10 14 7 31

In the Challenge’s second time featuring conference champions, South Carolina State struck early and often as they held off a late game surge by Grambling State to earn a 34-31 win.

Game 6 | Sept. 5, 2010 | Orlando, FL Score by Quarter: SU DSU

1 2 3 4 F 0 16 0 21 37 7 12 8 0 27

The victory gave Southern coach Stump Mitchell a successful debut as Jaguars coach and the Southwestern Athletic Conference its second victory in the series with the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Game 7 | Sept. 4, 2011 | Orlando, FL Score by Quarter: PVAM B-CU

1 2 3 4 F 0 7 7 0 14 14 28 7 14 63

The Bethune-Cookman win marked the largest margin of victory in the history of the MEAC/SWAC Challenge and gave the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference a 5-2 lead in the all-time series.

Game 8 | Sept. 2, 2012 | Orlando, FL Score by Quarter: ASU B-CU

1 2 3 4 F 14 7 0 7 28 0 10 14 14 38

Bethune-Cookman erased a 21-0 deficit to match two of the greatest comebacks in school history. The win increased the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s lead in the series to 6-2.


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