NORFOLK, Va., Sept. 12, 2022 – South Carolina State running back Kendrell Flowers was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Football Offensive Player of the Week, presented by Coca-Cola, the conference announced today.
The Bulldogs’ BJ Davis was named Defensive Player of the Week, while North Carolina Central linebacker Max U’Ren was named Rookie of the Week. North Carolina Central’s Torricelli Simpkins III was named Offensive Lineman of the Week and South Carolina State kicker Gavyn Zimmerman was named Specialist of the Week.
Flowers (RB, 6-0, 210, r-So., Columbia, S.C.) rushed for 153 yards (the third-highest single-game rushing total of his career) and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 33-9 win over Bethune-Cookman. He scored from one yard out near the end of the first quarter and later added a 67-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter.
Davis (LB, 6-2, 190, r-Jr., Blair, S.C.) picked off a pair of passes against Bethune-Cookman, including one he returned 59 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. He also had five tackles (two solo) as the Bulldogs held the Wildcats to just two scores.
U’Ren (LB, 6-2, 225, r-Fr., Winston-Salem, N.C.) was a key part in the Eagles posting their first shutout since 2017, a 41-0 win over Winston-Salem State. He had a team-high five tackles (three solo) in the contest, including a tackle for loss.
Simpkins (OL, 6-5, 310, So., Charlotte, N.C.) recorded seven pancake blocks and graded out at 84 percent against Winston-Salem State as the Eagles racked up 519 yards of total offense and 260 yards on the ground. In 66 snaps, Simpkins did not give up a sack or commit a penalty.
Zimmerman (PK, 5-11, 130, So., Sumter, S.C.) connected on a pair of field goals against Bethune-Cookman, from 32 and 26 yards, and he was also 3-fo-4 in extra points.
Other Top Performers
Jonathan Cardoza-Chicas (Delaware State) tied the program record with a 54-yard field goal against Delaware.
Romell Harris-Freeman (Delaware State) had four tackles and three pass breakups against Delaware.
Omakus Langley III (Delaware State) had two sacks against Delaware.
Jared Lewis (Delaware State) threw for 153 yards and a touchdown against Delaware.
Anim Dankwah (Howard) graded out at 88 percent on the offensive line against South Florida.
Robert Jones III (Howard) recorded his first career interception against South Florida and had four tackles.
Phillip Richards (Howard) averaged 39 yards per punt against South Florida, including a 50-yarder.
Ian Wheeler (Howard) ran for 73 yards and a score against South Florida.
Alfonzo Graham (Morgan State) rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown, while also recording a receiving touchdown, against Towson.
Lawrence Richardson (Morgan State) racked up 13 tackles (nine solo) and forced a fumble against Towson.
Da’Quan Felton (Norfolk State) had three catches for a career-high 131 yards against James Madison, including a 90-yard touchdown (the third-longest play in program history).
Khalil Baker (North Carolina Central) notched his second interception of the season that killed a potential Winston-Salem State scoring drive.
Latrell Collier (North Carolina Central) rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns against Winston-Salem State.
Juan Velarde (North Carolina Central) boomed his lone punt of the night for 44 yards and recorded the tackle on the play against Winston-Salem State.
About the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) is in its 52nd year of intercollegiate competition with the 2022-23 academic school year. Located in Norfolk, Va., the MEAC is made up of eight outstanding historically Black institutions across the Atlantic coastline: Coppin State University, Delaware State University, Howard University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina Central University and South Carolina State University.