Delaware State (2-4, 2-1 MEAC) at North Carolina A&T (3-2, 1-2 MEAC)
Date: October 19, 2013
Time: 1 p.m.
Facility: Aggie Stadium
Series: Delaware State leads 21-20-1
Radio: WNAA 90.1 FM, Campus Radio Station: Spencer Gwynn (play-by-play); Billy Covington (color); Al Swann (analysis)
A&T OFFENSIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Tarik Cohen (5-8, 170, Fr., 7.0 yds per carry, reigning MEAC Offensive Player of the Week); RB Dominique Drake (5-9, 202, Sr., 73 att., 261 yds, 3 TDs); RT Nathan Isles (6-5, 324, Sr.); QB Lewis Kindle (6-1, 205, Sr., 60-for-119, 749 yds passing, 4 TDs, 3 INTs); WR Desmond Lawrence (27 rec., 323 yds., 2 TDs, leads the MEAC in receptions per game); LT William Ray Robinson III (6-3, 305, R-Jr., MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Week (9/16-9/22).
DELAWARE STATE OFFENSIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Malik Golson (5-9, 180, Fr., 26 rec., 281 yds, 4 TDs); RB Dae-Hon Cheung (5-10, 170, So., 42 att., 205 yds, 4.9 per carry); C Brandon Cummings (6-3, 280, R-Sr., preseason All-MEAC); QB Cory Murphy (6-2, 205, Sr., 110-for-249, 9 INTs, 6 TDs), RB Malcolm Williams (5-11, 175, Jr., preseason All-MEAC); WR Milton Williams (31 rec., 406 yds, 1 TD).
A&T DEFENSIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH: SS Travis Crosby (5-9, 189, Sr., leads the team with 47 tackles); CB D’Vonte Graham (5-7, 157, Sr., preseason All-MEAC, preseason All-American, 4 PBU, 1 INT); LB D’Vonte Grant (5-10, 208, Sr., 41 tackles, 5.5 TFLs, 1 INT return for TD, 1 BLK); LB Landis Shoffner (6-0, 176, So., 18 tackles and 3 TFLs over the last two weeks).
DELAWARE STATE DEFENSIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Rodney Gunter (6-5, 305, Jr., 12 tackles, 4.5 TFLs, 3.5 sacks); LB Ernest Adeji (6-0, 230, Sr., 50 tackles, 5.5 TFLs, 2.0 sacks); LB Terrick Colston (50 tackles, 3.5 TFLs, 2 fumble recoveries); LB Davon Moore (5-11, 205, Jr., 54 tackles, 2 PBU, leads the team in tackles).
Aggies Overview: The Aggies are trying to end a two-game losing streak, while keeping their six-game home winning streak intact. The Aggies can end their slide by avoiding negative plays on offense. Last week against Hampton, the Aggies gave up touchdown drives of 15 and seven yards respectively and Hampton scored on a pick-6. The Aggies also have to take care of the football on special teams. The Aggies have suffered mishaps three straight weeks in the punting game, all leading to points for the opposition. The bright spot over the past three weeks has been freshman running back Tarik Cohen. Cohen is averaging 7.0 yards per carry and was recently MEAC Offensive Player of the Week and USA College Football FCS Rookie of the Week honors after compiling 299 all-purpose yards against the Pirates. Wide receiver Desmond Lawrence leads the conference in receptions per game (5.4). Defensively, the Aggies still have one of the best defenses in the conference. They rank third overall and second against the run.
Delaware State Overview: Delaware State comes into Saturday’s game having won two out of its last three games, and the Hornets find themselves in the thick of the MEAC race as they return to Greensboro. The Hornets have used turnovers to their advantage. The Hornets forced five turnovers against Norfolk State last week in a 14-7 win. The Hornets are led offensively by wide receivers Milton Williams and Malik Golson. Golson has caught four touchdown passes and Williams has compiled 406 yards receiving. On the defensive end, preseason All-MEAC free safety Davon Moore leads the Hornets. Linebackers Terrick Colston and Ernest Adeji have 50 tackles apiece. The Hornets have the fourth-best rush defense in the conference.
Potential Star: All the talk this past week has been about freshman running back Tarik Cohen. But there is another young Aggie starting to emerge as a standout. Sophomore linebacker Landis Shoffner has played well over the past two weeks. He has made 18 tackles, three for loss, and is third on the team in total tackles.
News & Notes:
North Carolina A&T running back Tarik Cohen had an historic day for a freshman running back at North Carolina A&T. Cohen rushed for 180 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. He was 63 yards shy of breaking the freshman rushing record at A&T, which is held by Charlie Sutton, who set the record in 1978. Cohen does now hold the freshman record for all-purpose yards in a game thanks to his 119 yards receiving, where he also scored a touchdown. Cohen also became the first A&T player to rush for 100 yards and have 100 yards receiving in the game. The last time an Aggie freshman rushed for more than 100 yards came on Oct. 20, 1990 when Barry Turner rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.
North Carolina A&T has two defensive players who have the most experience on the team. Seniors D’Vonte Grant (LB) and Tyree Hearn (DE) have made 26 straight starts for the Aggies. It is the longest starting streak on the team. Hearn has played in more games than anyone with 34 games played.
From the Coach
“You can’t blame it all on Lewis (Kindle) because it’s not completely his fault. I think one of them (interception) he made a bad decision. One of them went off the chest of our receiver, and one of them he was hit as he was throwing the ball. Even though he is the quarterback, and he takes a lot of the heat from it, it’s not entirely his fault.”
A&T head football coach Rod Broadway on the Aggies quarterback Lewis Kindle