EAST GREENSBORO (November 5, 2018) – Fifth-year senior Malik Wilson had one of the biggest moments of homecoming week at North Carolina A&T.
During Saturday’s homecoming game against the Norfolk State Spartans, NSU scored on a field goal to cut the Aggies lead to 21-20 with 2:21 remaining in the third quarter. Minutes later, Wilson took the ensuing kickoff on the 1-yard line and went 99 yards for a kickoff return for touchdown. The Aggies dominated the remainder of the game to lead the Aggies to their eighth straight homecoming win, 37-20.
Not only did the sellout crowd notice the enormity of Wilson’s play, so did the FCS STATS and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Wilson was named national special teams player of the week by STATS on Monday. The MEAC also gave him their weekly honor for the second time this season. Wilson was not the only Aggie that received good news post-homecoming.
Senior Micah Shaw was named offensive lineman of the week by the MEAC on Monday. The other positive news for the Aggies on Monday was the upward move in the national and black college football polls.
The Aggies moved up four spots in the AFCA Coaches poll to No. 13 while moving up three spots to No. 14 in the STATS media poll. The Aggies also reclaimed their top spot in the BoxToRow black college football, a position they have held for the vast majority of the past three seasons.
“When we do the little things right we are a good team, so that’s what we’re going to focus on,” said N.C. A&T coach Sam Washington. “The rest of the way we can only control ourselves and what we do on the field. We’re going to do the little things right, stay focused, and we’re going to give it all we have.”
One of those little things was Wilson’s return. Washington complimented not only the run and the speed Wilson displayed on the return, but he also was impressed by the fact that Wilson broke a tackle and made people miss on his way to the end zone. Wilson’s return was his third of the season, tying a school record set by Justin Ferrell in 2010.
“That young man finds a way to produce at the very best times possible,” said Washington. “They had gotten Big Mo (momentum), and then he gets a return. It was a thing of beauty”
Meanwhile, Shaw helped the Aggies rush for 310 yards including two different running backs – Marquell Cartwright (183) and Jah-Maine Martin (130) – rushing for more than 100 yards. Shaw graded out at 91 percent, 100 percent in pass protection and was credited with three knockdown blocks.
Wilson, Shaw and the Aggies will try to keep their postseason hopes alive this weekend when they travel to Savannah, Ga., to face the Savannah State Tigers 2 p.m., Saturday at Ted Wright Stadium.