MID-EASTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Defensive Player of the Year: DE Darryl Johnson, North Carolina A&T
Johnson has been an unbelievable pass rusher for the Aggies in 2018. He leads the MEAC in sacks (10.5) and tackles for loss (18.5). He made an immediate impact in the season opener with a strip sack of Jacksonville State quarterback Zach Cangelosi that clinched the Aggies 20-17 win over the sixth rankedGamecocks. Johnson finished the season with 47 tackles (29 unassisted), seven quarterback hurries, three pass breakups and one fumble recovery.
Offensive Player of the Year: QB Caylin Newton, Howard University
Newton ended his sophomore campaign ranking among the nation’s leaders in several categories, including passing yards per completion (1st/16.85) and total offense (7th/313.3). Newton completed his second season as the MEAC’s top passer with 2,629 yards and 22 touchdowns in 10 games. In the season opener against Ohio (Sept. 1), he posted 532 total yards, which was the third-highest output in program history.
Offensive Lineman of the Year: OL Micah Shaw, North Carolina A&T
“He does many things exceptionally well,” said Aggies HC Sam Washington. “His point of attack is unbelievable. He is super athletic and he can change directions amazingly well for his size. Once he gets into you, it’s hard to get off his block.”
Shaw helped the Aggies have the No. 3 offense and No. 3 rush offense in the conference. The Aggies also had the third-best first down offense and the second-best third-down offense in the conference. Shaw graded out at 84 percent on 396 snaps played this season. He gave up only one sack, was called for only three penalties and he was only credited with three missed assignments. He led the team in knockdown blocks with 29.
Rookie of the Year: RB Dedrick Parson, RB, Howard
Parson (Philadelphia) ranked among the league leaders in several categories, including rushing yards (3rd), scoring (3rd) and all-purpose yards (6th). The Philadelphia native had two 100-yard games, including a season-best 149 in the home victory over Florida A&M (Nov. 3).