MEAC Announces 2022 Football Preseason All-Conference Honors, Predicted Order of Finish

By MEAC Media Relations

NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk State running back J.J. Davis and South Carolina State defensive end Jeblonski Green have been named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Offensive and Defensive Preseason Players of the Year, presented by TowneBank.

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

Davis was the MEAC Rookie of the Year this past season after leading the Spartans and the conference in rushing, 80.5 yards per contest on the ground. He totaled 887 yards on 123 carries, averaging 7.2 yards per rush, and he tied for the MEAC lead with 10 touchdowns on the ground.

Davis was also seventh in the MEAC in total offense.

Green led the MEAC in tackles for loss in 2021 with 17.5 for a total of 97 yards. He averaged 1.94 tackles for loss per game, and was also top-10 in the conference in sacks with 2.5 per game. Green was part of a Bulldogs defense that led the MEAC in rushing defense (121.8 yards per game) and ranked second in total defense.

Joining Davis on the Preseason First Team offense are North Carolina Central quarterback Davius Richard, South Carolina State running back Kendrell Flowers, South Carolina State wide receiver Shaquan Davis, Howard wide receiver Antoine Murray, South Carolina State tight end Yancey Washington, Norfolk State center Colby Byrd, Howard offensive linemen Darius Fox and Anim Dunkwah, North Carolina Central offensive lineman Corey Bullock and South Carolina State offensive lineman Nick Taiste.

Green is joined on the Preseason First Team defense by teammate Patrick Godbolt, Howard defensive lineman Darren Brokenburr, Delaware State defensive lineman Isaiah Williams, Norfolk State linebacker Marquis Hall, South Carolina State linebacker B.J. Davis, Delaware State linebacker Ronald Holmes, Howard defensive back Kenny Gallop, Norfolk State defensive end Brandon Savage, Morgan State defensive end Jae-Veyon Morton and Delaware State defensive end Esaias Guthrie.

On special teams, the Preseason First Team consists of Delaware State punter Matt Noll, as well as North Carolina Central placekicker Adrian Olivo and return man Brandon Codrington.

2022 MEAC Football
Preseason All-MEAC Teams

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: J.J. Davis, Norfolk State
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Jeblonski Green, South Carolina State 

First Team Offense

QBDavius RichardJr.North Carolina CentralBelle Glade, Fla.
RBJ.J. Davisr-So.Norfolk StateCincinnati, Ohio
RBKendrell Flowersr-So.South Carolina StateColumbia, S.C.
WRShaquan Davisr-Jr.South Carolina StateSummerville, S.C.
WRAntoine MurraySr.HowardMiramar, Fla.
TEYancey Washingtonr-Jr.South Carolina StateNorth Charleston, S.C.
CColby ByrdJr.Norfolk StateVirginia Beach, Va.
OLCorey BullockJr.North Carolina CentralAccokeek, Md.
OLDarius FoxSo.HowardWashington, D.C.
OLNick TaisteSo.South Carolina StateWest Columbia, S.C.
OLAnim DunkwahSr.HowardToronto, Canada

First Team Defense

DLPatrick GodboltJr.South Carolina StateBlythewood, S.C.
DLDarren BrokenburrSr.HowardManassas, Va.
DLIsaiah Williamsr-Sr.Delaware StateBrooklyn, N.Y.
DLJeblonski Greenr-Jr.South Carolina StateLamar, S.C.
LBMarquis Hallr-Sr.Norfolk StateWoodbridge, Va.
LBB.J. Davisr.-Jr.South Carolina StateBlair, S.C.
LBRonald HolmesSo.Delaware StateDarby, Pa.
DBKenny GallopJr.HowardPortsmouth, Va.
DBBrandon Savager-Sr.Norfolk StateBaltimore, Md.
DBJae-Veyon MortonSr.Morgan StateDetroit, Mich.
DBEsaias Guthrier-So.Delaware StateWilmington, Del.
PMatt NollSo.Delaware StateRobesonia, Pa.
PKAdrian OlivoJr.North Carolina CentralPlant City, Fla.
RSBrandon CodringtonJr.North Carolina CentralRaleigh, N.C.

Second Team Offense

QBCorey Fields, Jr.r-Jr.South Carolina StateHollywood, S.C.
RBIan WheelerSr.HowardHouston, Texas
RBJarett HunterJr.HowardMineral, Va.
WRRichard Baileyr-Sr.South Carolina StateHollywood, S.C.
WRDa’Quan Feltonr-So.Norfolk StatePortsmouth, Va.
TEDeprince HaynesSr.South Carolina StateColumbia, S.C.
CDillon Marshallr-Jr.Delaware StateWaldorf, Md.
OLCam Johnsonr-So.South Carolina StateIrmo, S.C.
OLBrandon BradfordSr.Delaware StateNew Castle, Del.
OLDeshawn IngramSr.HowardDetroit, Mich.
OLEric BrownSo.South Carolina StateHartsville, S.C.

Second Team Defense

DLMarcus Winfieldr-So.Delaware StateCheltenham, Pa.
DLJessie Malitr-Sr.North Carolina CentralConcord, N.C.
DLOctaveon MinterSo.South Carolina StateChester, S.C.
DLBrandon TuckerJr.South Carolina StateColumbia, S.C.
LBRonald HolmesSo.Delaware StateDarby, Pa.
LBBrooks ParkerSr.Delaware StateLaurel, Del.
LBTyler Longr-Jr.Norfolk StateCincinnati, Ohio
DBJawain Grangerr-Sr.Delaware StateNew Castle, Del.
DBManny Smithr-Jr.North Carolina CentralLaurel Hill, N.C.
DBJustin Tolerr-Jr.Norfolk StateFalmouth, Va.
DBCharles Peelerr-Sr.Delaware StateWashington, D.C.
PDyson RobertsSo.South Carolina StateSumter, S.C.
PKGavyn ZimmermanSo.South Carolina StateSumter, S.C.
RSIan WheelerSr.HowardHouston, Texas

South Carolina State has been picked to win the 2022 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) football championship, as the Bulldogs topped the league’s annual preseason poll, presented by The Home Depot.

Voting was conducted by the conference’s head football coaches and sports information directors.

The Bulldogs received eight first-place votes and racked up 124 points. Led by head coach Oliver “Buddy” Pough, South Carolina State won the 2021 championship by going undefeated in MEAC play, before defeating Jackson State in the Cricket Celebration Bowl.

Last season’s runner-up North Carolina Central, with one first-place vote, was picked to finish second, while Norfolk State was tabbed to finish third.

Delaware State, Howard and Morgan State (one first-place vote each) rounded out the preseason poll.

Here is the MEAC’s predicted order of finish for the 2021 season (first-place votes in parentheses):

School (First-Place Votes)Points
1. South Carolina State (8)124
2. North Carolina Central (1)92
3. Norfolk State80
4. Delaware State (1)58
5. Howard (1)52
6. Morgan State (1)26

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