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NORFOLK, Va. – 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.
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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.
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
Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
QB Caylin Newton Jr.   Howard Atlanta, Ga.  
RB Isaiah Totten r-Jr.   North Carolina Central Apex, N.C.
RB Dedrick Parson r-So. Howard Philadelphia, Pa.  
WR Jequez Ezzard Sr.   Howard College Park, Ga.
WR Kyle Anthony Sr.   Howard Miramar, Fla.   
TE Xavier Gravette So. Morgan State Nottingham, Md.  
C L’Dre Barnes Jr. Bethune-Cookman St. Petersburg, Fla.  
OL Alex Taylor r-Sr. South Carolina State Moncks Corner, S.C.
OL Marcus Pettiford r-Sr. North Carolina A&T State Durham, N.C.
OL Kaiden Crawford Sr. Delaware State Philadelphia, Pa.  
OL Dontae Keys r-Jr. North Carolina A&T State Fayetteville, N.C.

First Team Defense
Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
DL Marques Ford r-Sr. Bethune-Cookman Gibsonton, Fla.
DL Justin Cates Gr. North Carolina A&T State Goldsboro, N.C.
DL* Darius Royster r-Sr. North Carolina Central Chesapeake, Va.
DL* Kawuan Cox Sr. North Carolina Central   Summerville, S.C.
LB Brian Cavicante Jr.   Delaware State Portsmouth, Va.  
LB Marquis Hendrix r-Sr. Bethune-Cookman Ocala, Fla.
LB Rico Kennedy r-Sr. Morgan State Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
DB Trevor Merritt Sr. Bethune-Cookman Rockledge, Fla.
DB Tydarius Peters Sr. Bethune-Cookman Jayess, Miss.
DB Franklin McCain III r-Jr.   North Carolina A&T State Greensboro, N.C.
DB Jahad Neibauer Sr. Delaware State Harrisburg, Pa.  
PK Yahia Aly Gr. Florida A&M Whittier, Calif.  
P Chris Faddoul Jr. Florida A&M Wesley Chapel, Fla.
RS Jimmie Robinson r-Sr. Bethune-Cookman Palm Coast, Fla.

Second Team Offense
Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
QB Ryan Stanley r-Sr. Florida A&M Pembroke Pines, Fla.  
RB Jah-Maine Martin r-Jr. North Carolina A&T State Conway, S.C.
RB Deshawn Smith   Sr. Florida A&M Brooksville, Fla.
WR Elijah Bell Sr. North Carolina A&T State Wheeling, W.Va.
WR Xavier Smith So. Florida A&M Haines City, Fla.
TE Malik Hyatt So.   Howard Gastonia, N.C.
C Mike Terry Jr. South Carolina State Atlanta, Ga.
OL Kenneth Kirby Jr.   Norfolk State Newport News, Va.  
OL* Andrew Dale r-Jr. North Carolina Central Morehead City, N.C.
OL* Stefan Touani Jr.   Morgan State Temple Hills, Md.  
OL Cedric Jackson r-So. Bethune-Cookman Miami, Fla.  

Second Team Defense
Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
DL Marcellos Allison Sr. Howard Durham, N.C.
DL Zamon Robinson So. Howard Silver Springs, Md.  
DL* Christian Johnson Sr. Delaware State Stone Mountain, Ga.  
DL* Tyrell Goodwin r-Sr. South Carolina State Columbia, S.C.
DL* Paul Mckeiver r-Sr.   South Carolina State Batesburg, S.C.
LB Nigel Chavis Sr. Norfolk State Richmond, Va.  
LB Ian McBorrough Sr.   Morgan State Baltimore, Md.
LB Antoine Wilder r-Sr.   North Carolina A&T State Atlanta, Ga.
DB* Terry Jefferson Gr. Florida A&M Miami, Fla.
DB* Donte Small Jr. Morgan State Union, N.J.
DB Tye Freeland Jr.   Howard Petersburg, Va.  
DB Bobby Price Sr. Norfolk State Virginia Beach, Va.  
DB Nhyre’ Quinerly Sr. Norfolk State Norfolk, Va.
PK Jose Romo-Martinez r-Jr. Delaware State Banning, Calif.
P Fidel Romo-Martinez Sr. Delaware State Banning, Calif.

Third Team Offense
Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
QB* Tyrece Nick Jr. South Carolina State Johnston, S.C.
QB* Akevious Williams Gr. Bethune-Cookman Madison, Fla.
RB Bishop Bonnette Jr. Florida A&M Jacksonville, Fla.
RB* Josh Chase Sr. Morgan State   Upper Marlboro, Md.
RB* Aaron Savage Sr. Norfolk State Baltimore, Md.
WR Chad Hunter Jr. Florida A&M Tallahassee, Fla.
WR Zachary Leslie r-Jr. North Carolina A&T State Lawndale, N.C.
TE* Isiah Williams Sr. Delaware State Bronx, N.Y.
TE* Anthony Williams Jr. Norfolk State Norfolk, Va.
C Somadina Okezie-Okeke r-So. North Carolina Central Woodstock, Ga.
OL* Ricky Lee So. North Carolina Central Jacksonville, Fla.
OL* Bruce Trigg r-Jr. Morgan State Loganville, Ga.
OL Nicholas Roos r-Sr. Bethune-Cookman Ormond Beach, Fla.
OL Jamal Savage r-Jr. Bethune-Cookman Plant City, Fla.  

Third Team Defense
Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
DL Bruce Johnson Gr. South Carolina State Greenwood, S.C.
DL Gerome Howard Jr. Bethune-Cookman Sarasota, Fla.  
DL Jermaine Williams r-Sr.   North Carolina A&T State Lumberton, N.C.
DL* Demontre Moore Sr. Florida A&M Tampa, Fla.
DL* Devan Henron r-So. Morgan State Lanham, Md.  
LB Richie Kittles r-Sr.   North Carolina A&T State Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.  
LB Elijah Richardson Sr. Florida A&M Port St. Lucie, Fla.  
LB Branden Bailey Jr. North Carolina Central Deerfield Beach, Fla.
DB* Aaron Walker So.   Howard Washington, D.C.
DB* Devin Smith Sr. Delaware State Washington, D.C.
DB Decobe Durant r-So. South Carolina State Lamar, S.C.
DB* Dominick Trigg r-Sr.   Morgan State Tampa, Fla.
DB* Herman Jackson, Jr.   So. Florida A&M Miami, Fla.
PK Nicholas O’Shea So. Morgan State Detroit, Mich.
P Michael Rivers So. North Carolina A&T State Wilmington, N.C.
RS Dedrick Parson r-So. Howard Philadelphia, Pa.

*indicates tie


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