“I would like to congratulate Julius Reynolds,” Commissioner Dr. Dennis Thomas said in a MEAC release. “He’s had an absolutely phenomenal career at North Carolina A&T State University
Reynolds played four varsity football seasons for the Aggies helping the Aggies win three HBCU national titles, three Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl games, three MEAC championships. Reynolds also helped the Aggies reach the NCAA FCS Playoffs in 2016.
During his career, Reynolds played 45 games with nine starts. He has 116 career tackles (68 unassisted) with 12.5 tackles for loss, five sacks and two interceptions. Reynolds also returned a fumble for a touchdown during his career. Last season, Reynolds posted 22 tackles (18 unassisted). He played on a defense that ranked third in the nation.
As a two-year team captain, Reynolds exhibited the ability to lead by example on the field and in the classroom, majoring in Biology with the goal of becoming a doctor. After graduating with a 3.6-grade point average, Reynolds started teaching biology classes at N.C. A&T as a graduate assistant. Some of his students included N.C. A&T football players. When it came to community engagement, Reynolds organized trips to the Children’s Hospital of Atlanta during trips to the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl.
Reynolds is the fourth Aggie to win MEAC student-athlete of the year honors and the second male. Aggies softball player Renecia Lovelace won female student-athlete of the year in 2006 while women’s track and field standout Loreal Smith won the honor in 2009. Men’s track and field jumper Jared Baldwin won in 2012 followed by Reynolds.