2012 A&T Football Prospectus
Preseason Aggies Notebook
Running Toward The Record Book...
A two-time All-MEAC selection and the 2011 Co-MEAC Offensive Player of the Year, Mike Mayhew enters the 2012 season 139 yards shy of becoming North Carolina A&T's all-time leading rusher.
For his career, Mayhew is averaging 83.5 yards per game and has 11 100-yard rushing games, so it is conceivable he could have the record, which currently belongs to Maurice Hicks at 2,812 yards, by Game 1 or 2.
Mayhew, the 2009 MEAC Rookie of the Year, is only the second running back in A&T history to put together consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons, joining Hicks. If he rushes for 1,000 yards in 2012, he will be the first Aggie to accomplish the feat and only one of three players in MEAC history to ever to do so.
The Charlotte native is just 10 carries shy of becoming the school's all-time leader in rush attempts as well. He was only one of 25 backs with at least 150 carries in the Football Championship Subdivision to rush for more than 100 yards per game.
Year Two On Broadway
North Carolina A&T head coach Rod Broadway enters his second season at the helm of the Aggies program. If his past is any indication, year two at A&T could be very exciting. In his second year at Grambling State, the Tigers went 11-2 overall, 10-0 in the SWAC and claimed the conference championship.
After his first year at N.C. Central, Broadway led the Eagles to an 8-2 season in Durham.
It was a four-game improvement from the previous when NCCU went 4-6 in 2003. In Broadway's first year at A&T, the Aggies went 5-6 overall and return 19 starters for the 2012 season.
The Aggies will have to wait another year for championship glory. The Aggies will not be eligible for postseason play in 2012 because of a below 925 score on their Academic Progress Rate. There will also be no spring practice for the Aggies in 2013. The upside for the A&T football program is that their full allotment of scholarships were returned, and their yearly APR score rose last academic school year.
A&T Career Rushing Yards
1. Maurice Hicks 00-01 2,812
2. James White 90-93 2,736
3. Barry Turner 90-93 2,726
4. Mike Mayhew 09- 2,673
A&T Career Rushing Touchdowns
1. Stoney Polite 84-87 41
2. Maurice Hicks 00-01 30
3. Al Holland 71-74 25
T4. James White 90-93 23
T4. Barry Turner 90-93 23
T6. Mike Mayhew 09- 22
A&T All-Purpose Yards
1. Herbert Harbison 83-86 5,382
2. Barry Turner 90-93 4,095
3. Mike Mayhew 09- 3,237
4. Stoney Polite 84-87 3,165