Raynard, Parker Earn More Weekly Honors
GREENSBORO (October 9, 2017) – Lamar Raynard (6-foot-4, 210, R-JR, quarterback, High Point, NC) and Brandon Parker (6-7, 309, R-SR, left tackle, Kannapolis, NC) are starting to become familiar occurrences on the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s weekly honor roll.
Their names appeared again on Monday as Raynard earned his fourth offensive player of the week recognition from the conference after throwing for a career-high 324 yards and three touchdowns on 20-for-26 passing. After taking a week off, Parker returned to his perch as the top MEAC lineman of the week. Parker has won offensive lineman of the week five of the six weeks it has been awarded. He has 10 offensive lineman of the week recognitions in his career.
Senior return specialist Khris Gardin (5-7, 185, Morganton, NC) earned honorable mention STATS FCS national special teams player of the week after returning three kickoffs for 136 yards including a 78-yard return that set up a 2-yard rushing touchdown by Marquell Cartwright.
N.C. A&T as a team has become a common occurrence in the two NCAA FCS Top-25 national polls. Following their 44-3 win over Delaware State last Saturday, the Aggies moved up one spot in each poll. The Aggies are ranked No. 11 in the latest NCAA FCS Coaches Poll. They are No. 15 in the recent STATS FCS Media Poll.
The BoxToRow Black College Football Poll has N.C. A&T No. 1 for the fourth straight week. N.C. A&T has been ranked 24 straight weeks in the NCAA FCS Top-25 poll, and they have been ranked 48 straight weeks in the BoxToRow poll. Out of those 48 weeks, they have been the top-ranked team 27 times.
“Winning is hard. I don’t think people understand that,” said N.C. A&T coach Rod Broadway. “And each week you win, it gets harder because each week you’re taking everybody’s best shot, and those shots are thrown harder and harder each week. We just try to drown out the outside forces and stay in tune with what’s inside the walls of this locker room.”
Broadway’s quarterback has been in rhythm all season. Raynard recorded his second 300-yard passing performance of the season last Saturday versus the Hornets, making him the first player in school history to have two 300-yard passing games in one season. Raynard’s favorite target on Saturday was sophomore Elijah Bell, who caught nine of his passes for 178 yards and a touchdown. Raynard is now 367 passing yards shy of becoming the fifth quarterback in school history to throw for 2,000 yards in a season. He needs 630 yards to break the school’s 23-yearold single-season passing record held by Maseo Bolin.
“Lamar has been outstanding,” said N.C. A&T coach Rod Broadway. “Give that young man credit. He has put in the work to make himself a better player. I’m happy for his success. I’m proud of him. When you work that hard, there should be some rewards.”
Parker, who is a part of an offensive line with five seniors, has been dominant from his left tackle position. Responsible for protecting Raynard’s blindside, Parker has made sure his QB has stayed upright most of the season. Parker has not given up a sack or a hurry all season, and he went another game without costing his team in penalty yards.
Under Parker’s leadership, the Aggies have gone over 400 yards of offense in each game. They compiled 499 yards against Delaware State and have 2,807 yards of offense in 2017. Nationally, the Aggies are sixth in scoring offense (41. 7 points per game), 12th in total offense and 16th in passing offense (286.2 per game).
“Brandon’s development as a football player has been phenomenal,” said Broadway. “He is putting himself in position to play this game for a long time. But the thing I like about him the most, he is a great person.”
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