N.C. Central (5-6, 3-4 MEAC) at North Carolina A&T (6-4, 3-4 MEAC)
Date: November 23, 2013
Time: 1 p.m.
Facility: Aggie Stadium
Series: A&T leads 48-31-5
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., leads MEAC in rushing 102.3 ypg); RT Nathan Isles (6-5, 324, Sr.); QB Lewis Kindle (6-1, 205, Sr., 120-for-206, 1,526 passing yards, 9 TDs, 6 INTs); WR Desmond Lawrence (35 rec., 383 yds, 3 TDs); WR Darren Bullock (24 rec., 215, 1 TD).
NCCU OFFENSIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH: OL Charles Goodwin (6-6, 305, R-Sr.); RB Idreis Augustus (5-7, 190, R-So., 75 rush att., 333 yds., 3 TDs); QB Jordan Reid (6-1, 205, R-Sr., 131-for-257, 1,486 passing yards, 4 TDs, 8 INTs); WR Adrian Wilkins (5-8, 170, R-So., 34 rec., 405 yds., 2 TDs); RB Andre Clark (5-10, 230, R-Jr., 67 rush att., 304 yds., 1 TD); WR Marvin Poole (24 rec., 315 yds., 1 TD).
A&T DEFENSIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH: SS Travis Crosby (5-9, 189, Sr., 88 tackles, leads team in solo tackles, 56); CB D’Vonte Graham (5-7, 157, Sr., 8 passes defended, 2 INTs for 57 yards); LB D’Vonte Grant (5-10, 208, Sr., 89, tackles, leads the team, 10.0 TFLs, 2 INTs, 1 INT for TD, 8 passes defended, 2 forced fumbles, 3 recovered); LB Brian Houston (5-11, 235, Sr., 87 tackles, 9.5 TFLs, 3.5 sacks, 1 INT for TD); CB Ayodeji Olatoye (6-1, 197, Sr., 2 INTs, 10 passes defended, 38 tackles).
NCCU DEFENSIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH: CB Michael Jones (5-9, 175, Fr., Jerry Rice Watch List, 38 tackles, 4 INTs, 12 passes defended); SS Ryan Smith (6-0, 180, R-So., 78 tackles, 2 INTs); OLB Tazmon Foster (5-10, 215, Sr., 131 tackles, 10 TFLs, 2.0 sacks); DE Alonte Tuppins (47 tackles, 9.0 TFLs, 6.0 sacks).
Aggies Overview: It will be a big day at Aggie Stadium on Saturday. Not only are the Aggies playing their fiercest rival in N.C. Central, but they will also honor several important people throughout the game. The Aggies will say goodbye to 20 seniors as a part of Senior Day. It is a senior class that decided to attend A&T despite the school coming off of back-to-back winless seasons. The group made a difference, leading the Aggies to consecutive winning seasons for the first time in 12 years. There are 17 players on the list who have started games in their careers and 11 are starters today. The Aggies will also honor the 2003 MEAC football championship team. The 2003 team overcame an eighth-place preseason prediction to win the title. The team produced three NFL players, and they were 10-3 overall and 7-1 in the conference. The Aggies will also honor former Director of Athletics Dr. Albert E. Smith. Smith was the lead fundraiser for the building of Aggie Stadium and he led the Aggies transition to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
NCCU Overview: There will be one team that will walk away from Saturday’s game with a losing record in the conference. The Eagles will try to be the team to avoid that with a balanced offense led by quarterback Jordan Reid. Reid’s favorite targets are Adrian Wilkins, Marvin Poole and Lamar Scruggs. Each player has at least 20 receptions this season. The Eagles also have a variety of running backs. Idreis Augustus, Andre Clark and Deyonta Wright all have over 65 carries. Combined the trio has rushed for 876 yards and six touchdowns. On the defensive end, the Eagles are led by linebacker Tazmon Foster. He has 133 tackles and 10.0 tackles for loss. Defensive end Allonte Tuppins leads the team with six sacks, while freshman cornerback Michael Jones has four interceptions.
Potential Star: Lewis Kindle is closing out his career on a strong note. In his last three games, he has completed 43 of his 55 passes for 613 yards and four touchdowns. He has put together a 192.17 quarterback efficiency rating over that stretch. Kindle is looking to close his career with a win over the Aggies’ biggest rival.
News & Notes:
North Carolina A&T is slowly becoming Running Back U. A&T freshman running back Tarik Cohen is in a battle for the top rushing spot in the MEAC with Norfolk State’s Rolandan Finch. If Tarik Cohen leads the conference in rushing, it will mark the third time in four years an A&T running back has led the conference in rushing. Former A&T running back Mike Mayhew led the conference in rushing in 2010 and 2011. Cohen is averaging yards 102.4 per game, while Finch is averaging 94.6 yards per contest. Cohen took over the conference’s rushing lead by rushing 894 yards over the past six weeks. That is an average of 149.0 yards per game.
The Aggies’ season will come to an end. It will with the Aggies putting together another winning season under Broadway. Broadway and his coaching staff will now do something they haven’t been able to do over the last two years — have a spring practice. Eighty percent of the Aggies roster is made up of freshmen and sophomores. A spring practice will allow those players to pick up fundamentals that the previous two classes were not able to obtain because of the Aggies NCAA sanctions due to a poor graduation rate.
From the Coach
“To have back-to-back winning seasons is big considering the condition the program was in when we took it over. To be 6-4 at this time is a job well done by our staff and our players. With that said, we are also a little disappointed that we had an opportunity to have a better season than what we’ve had so far. But we can end this thing right by going out and beating Central on Saturday. It’s going to be a heckuva ballgame – one we look forward to competing in.”
A&T head football coach Rod Broadway on N.C. Central