GREENSBORO (December 20, 2016) – Tarik Cohen (5-foot-6, 179, SR, Bunn, N.C.) is finishing off his career at N.C. A&T with even more accolades. In the four weeks since his collegiate career ended, Cohen has earned several All-American recognitions. Cohen has been named a first-team All-American by the NCAA, by STATS FCS and by BoxToRow. In addition, he has been named to the 2016 Walter Camp Football Championship Subdivision All-American team and he was named a second-team AFCA Football Championship Subdivision Coaches’ All-American selection.
Teammate and Aggies left tackle Brandon Parker (6-7, 299, R-JR, Kannapolis, N.C.) was named first-team All-American by STATS FCS, second-team All-America by the NCAA and was a first-team selection by BoxToRow.
Cohen closed out his career at N.C. A&T with an exclamation point as his final rushing tally was 5,619 yards. In addition, he finished fifth in the national voting for the Walter Payton Award given to the top FCS offensive player in the country. The top three vote getters are invited to the awards banquet and presentation in Frisco, Texas on Jan. 6.
The star back ran for a single-season school record 1,588 yards, breaking his own record from the previous season when he ran for 1,543 yards. He did not stop there, however, when it came to shattering records in 2016. In a nationally-televised game against Norfolk State on Oct. 6, Cohen broke the all-time MEAC rushing record on a 62-yard touchdown dart down the middle of the field to give him not only the record but 200 yards rushing for the game. Two hundred yards rushing would be a theme for Cohen in 2016. He ran for 200-plus yards in four games this season including three weeks in a row from Sept. 29-Oct. 15. Three consecutive 200-yard games are a school record.
There was also a period during the season where Cohen had a consecutive offensive player of the week streak going. He won the honor five weeks in a row from Oct. 3-Oct. 31 and won it two other times including on Sept. 12 following the Aggies historic win over Division I-FBS Kent State when Cohen had 133 yards rushing and 125 yards receiving. In the 46 weeks Cohen played for the Aggies, he won offensive player of the week 16 times. In two additional weeks, he was named rookie of the week by the MEAC.
Cohen broke the single-season touchdown record this season with 19. He tied Stoney Polite for the single-season rushing touchdowns record (18). There are a two other touchdown records he holds. His 56 rushing and 59 total TD’s are both school records. With two touchdown passes, Cohen was responsible for 61 touchdowns which ranks him second behind Alan Hooker with 66. His 339 points scored is also tops in N.C. A&T history. Cohen also took over the school’s career all-purpose yards record with 6,564 (5,619 rushing, 945 receiving). His 868 carries are also a record. His 98 receptions tie him for 10th all-time in school history.
Tarik Cohen Accomplishments:
2016 STATS FCS Player of the Year Watch List (He finished fifth)
2016 STATS 1st-team All-American (postseason)
2016 2nd-Team STATS Preseason All-American
2016 BoxToRow Preseason-All-American
2016 MEAC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
2016 Preseason First-Team All-MEAC
2016 MEAC Offensive Player of the Year (first 3-time winner)
2016 NCAA FCS 1st-team All-American
2016 BoxToRow 1st-team All-American
2016 Walter Camp FCS All-American
2016 AFCA FCS Coaches’ 2nd-team All-American
2015 College Sporting News Fabulous Fifty FCS All-American Team (All-Purpose)
2015 SBN/Doug Williams Offensive Player of the Year
2015 Black College All-American Team
2015 STATS FCS Third-Team All-American
2015 Celebration Bowl Offensive MVP
2015 MEAC Offensive Player of the Year
2015 First-Team All-MEAC
2015 Preseason College Sporting News Fabulous Fifty FCS All-American (All-Purpose)
2015 Preseason MEAC Offensive Player of the Year
2015 Preseason STATS FCS All-American
2015 STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year Watch List
2014 Black College All-American Team
2014 STATS FCS Third-Team All-American
2014 First-Team All-MEAC
2014 MEAC Co-Offensive Player of the Year
2014 STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year Watch List
2014 STATS FCS Preseason All-American Team
2013 MEAC Rookie of the Year
2013 First-Team All-MEAC
2013 Jerry Rice Watch List for FCS Rookie of the Year (Finished 9th)