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28 Tarik Cohen

One of the most dynamic players in FCS football…Should garner multiple preseason All-American and player of the year nods…Only Maurice Hicks (2,812 yards) has rushed for more yards in an Aggies uniform over a two-year span than Cohen (2,488 yards)…Earned MEAC co-offensive player of the year honors in 2014…Earned national recognition during the offseason for a series of social media videos that had him catching a football and sometimes footballs as he was coming out of a backflip…His video appeared on NBC Sports, ESPN’s His & Hers show and he performed the backflip on SportsCenter at ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., campus…Also earned his second first-team All-MEAC recognition…Led the MEAC in rushing for the second consecutive season…Earned All-American honors from BOXTOROW (first team), Beyond Sports Network (second team) and STATS, LLC, formerly known as Sports Network (third team)…Named preseason All-American by STATS, LLC and he is also on their watch list for FCS Offensive Player of the Year…Continued to show off his tremendous athletic ability in 2015 by becoming a sprinter on A&T’s men’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams…Ran a personal-best 6.75 in the 60 meters and a personal-best 21.84 in the outdoor 200…Qualified for the MEAC indoor final where he finished fifth…Had an historic freshman season for the Aggies in 2013…Became the Aggies No. 1 running back five weeks into the season and parlayed it into winning the MEAC Rookie of the Year Award…Became the first Aggie freshman to rush for more than 1,000 yards…Became just the third player in MEAC history to rush for 1,000 yards as a freshman joining Bethune-Cookman’s Pa’Tell Troutman and Hampton’s Alonzo Coleman…Finished ninth in the Jerry Rice Award voting for the nation’s best FCS freshman…His ninth-place finish made him the only HBCU player to finish in the top 10…Possesses explosiveness and has knack for breaking long runs from the backfield and in the passing game…Earned five MEAC weekly honors during his freshman season and two during his sophomore season along with national player of the week honors from the Sports Network…Runs a blazing 4.3 in the 40-yard dash, has one of the highest vertical leaps on the team at 36 inches and has a broad jump of 8-feet, 11-inches. In 22 games played, he has 2,488 yards, 23 touchdowns, 389 yards receiving and two touchdowns on 36 catches, 2,490 yards of total offense, 12 100-yard games and three 200-yard games.

2014 Season: Played in 11 games with 11 starts…Sat out against Howard on Sept. 27 with a knee injury…His 1,340 rushing yards were the second-highest single-season total in school history, 147 yards shy of Maurice Hicks’ record…His 15 touchdowns were tied for the second-highest single-season total in school history, three shy of Stoney Polite’s 18…Also caught 25 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown…Ranked third in the country in yards per carry (6.8), 11th in rushing yards per game (121.8), 15th in total rushing yards and 15th in rushing TDs…Led the MEAC in rushing, scoring (96 points), total touchdowns (16) and was second in all-purpose yards (143.4 per game)…Rushed for more than 100 yards seven times and rushed for more than 200 yards twice… Had two three-touchdown games, one in a 59-0 win over Chowan on Sept. 20 and the other at Savannah State on Nov. 15 in a 34-0…In both games, he carried the ball fewer than 15 times…Opened the season by rushing for 161 yards and two touchdowns on only 10 carries in a 47-13 win over Alabama A&M in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge in Orlando, Fla on Aug. 31…Earned MEAC Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts…Posted 133 yards and a touchdown against nationally-ranked Coastal Carolina in a 31-30 loss at Aggie Stadium on Sept.6…Surpassed 100 yards for the third straight week when he rushed for a career-best 234 yards and a touchdown, including an 81-yard touchdown run in a 17-12 win at Elon on Sept. 13…Earned MEAC Player of the Week as well as Sports Network player of the week for his efforts…Had 236 all-purpose yards (155 rushing, 81 receiving) in a 31-14 win over Hampton in an ESPNU nationally-televised game at Aggie Stadium on Oct. 9…Also had two touchdowns in the game (one receiving and one rushing)…Recorded his third-career 200-yard rushing  game when he had 203 and two touchdowns on 20 carries in a 21-14 loss at N.C. Central on Nov. 22.

 2013 Season: Played in 11 games with six starts…Had a MEAC-leading 1,148 yards rushing on 195 carries…Led the MEAC in average per carry (5.9) and scored eight rushing touchdowns on the season…Averaged a conference-leading 104.4 yards per game as well…Named MEAC Rookie of the Year…Had five 100-yard games on the season, including one 200-yard game…Also made 11 receptions for 152 yards and a touchdown…Ranked second in the MEAC in all-purpose yards per game (118.2 ypg)…Registered 1,300 yards of all-purpose yards during the season…Ranked 17th in the nation in rushing, 44th in all-purpose yards, 26th in total rushing yards and 62nd in rushing touchdowns…Rushed for 180 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown in the Aggies 31-26 loss to Hampton on Oct. 12…In the same game, made three receptions for 119 yards and scored on an 81-yard touchdown pass from Lewis Kindle…His 299 yards in all-purpose yards in the game was the 16th-best total in the nation in 2013, and his 81-yard TD reception was the 26th longest…Earned MEAC Player of the Week honors for his efforts…Earned MEAC Player of the Week honors again two weeks later when he ran for 210 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries, including the game winning 8-yard overtime touchdown in the Aggies 20-13 win at Florida A&M on Oct. 26…It was the 27th-best rushing performance in FCS in 2013 and the 11th best in school history…Earned MEAC Rookie of the Week honors after rushing for 130 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries in a 59-12 win over Virginia University Lynchburg on Nov. 2…Picked up the honor again the next week with an 185-yard, one touchdown, 31-carry performance at Morgan State on Nov. 9…Won his third MEAC Player of the Week honor the next week with 98 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries in the Aggies 41-14 win over Savannah State. 

High School: Rushed for 808 yards, including 252 yards in a playoff win against North Brunswick…Also scored 17 touchdowns and averaged 9.18 yards per carry…Had three touchdown receptions and returned three kicks for touchdowns...Earned team MVP honors and was also an all-conference selection...Was one-fourth of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 2A state champion 4x100 meter relay team. 

Personal: Full name is Tarik Cohen...He is the son of Tilwanda Newell...Was born on July 26, 1995... Majors in sports medicine. 


Position: Running Back
Height: 5'6"
Weight: 173
Year: Junior
Hometown: Bunn, N.C.
High School: Bunn
Major: Sports Medicine
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