Norfolk, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - Howard quarterback Greg McGhee and South Carolina State linebacker Joe Thomas were named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference's offensive and defensive player of the year, respectively, on Friday.
McGhee, a junior, leads the MEAC in total offense (272.9 yards per game) and ranks second in passing yards per game (198.2) while throwing for 16 touchdowns in 12 games. He is third in the MEAC in rushing yards with 896.
Thomas, a redshirt senior, has 116 total tackles (84 solo) and a conference- best 19 tackles for loss as South Carolina State gets set for an FCS playoff game on Saturday.
The MEAC's head football coaches and sports information directors also chose North Carolina A&T running back Tarik Cohen as the rookie of the year, South Carolina State's Tristan Bellamy as the offensive lineman of the year and Bethune-Cookman's Brian Jenkins as the coach of the year.
2013 ALL-MEAC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM
(As voted on by MEAC head football coaches and sports information directors)
QB - Greg McGhee, Jr., Howard
RB - Tarik Cohen, Fr., North Carolina A&T
RB - Rolandan Finch, Graduate, Norfolk State
WR - Tyler McDonald, Sr., South Carolina State
WR - Milton Williams III, Jr., Delaware State
TE - Joseph Hawkins, R-Sr., Norfolk State
C - Andrew Edourad, Jr., Bethune-Cookman
OL - Karim Barton, Sr., Morgan State
OL - Alex Monroe, Sr., Bethune-Cookman
OL - Domanic Wilson, R-So., South Carolina State
OL - Rashard Brown, Sr., Bethune-Cookman
DL - Miles Groom, So., Hampton
DL - Andrew Carter, R-Jr., South Carolina State
DL - Alex Glover, Jr., South Carolina State
DL - Rodney Gunter, Jr., Delaware State
LB - Lynden Trail, R-Jr., Norfolk State
LB - Jarkevis Fields, Sr., Bethune-Cookman
LB - Joe Thomas R-Sr., South Carolina State
DB - Nick Addison, Jr., Bethune-Cookman
DB - Darrin Marrow, R-Jr., Norfolk State
DB - Justin Blake, R-Sr., Hampton
DB - Ademola Olatunji, Jr., Howard
P - Lawrence Forbes, R-Fr., Morgan State
PK - Anthony Prevost, Fr., Hampton
RS - Adrian Wilkins, R-So., North Carolina Central