GREENSBORO (September 11, 2017) – North Carolina A&T football had another good Monday. The Aggies made moves in the both Football Championship Subdivision polls and they added another three Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference weekly honors after their 56-0 win over Mars Hill Saturday at Aggie Stadium.
The Aggies (2-0) made their 20th straight weekly appearance in the NCAA FCS Coaches Poll, going from No. 21 to No. 20. The four teams below the Aggies are Weber State, Western Illinois, South Dakota, Tennessee State and Grambling State. The top-5 teams in the coaches poll are James Madison, North Dakota State, Sam Houston State, South Dakota State and Youngstown State.
The media poll provided by STATS saw the Aggies (2-0) make their first appearance of the season at No. 25. The top-4 teams in the media poll match that of the coaches poll, but Jacksonville State replaces Youngstown State at No. 5.
N.C. A&T is making their 43rd straight weekly appearance in the BoxToRow black college football poll. For the 23rd time in those 43 weeks, the Aggies are No. 1.
Individually, quarterback Lamar Raynard (6-foot-4, 200, R-JR, High Point, N.C.), free safety Jeremy Taylor (5-11, 190, R-SR, Kinston, N.C.) and left tackle Brandon Parker (6-7, 309, R-SR, Kannapolis, N.C.) won co-offensive player of the week, co-defensive player of the week and co-offensive lineman of the week from the MEAC.
Raynard had to share the co-offensive player of the week honor in the MEAC. Last week he shared with Howard quarterback Caylin Newton. This week he shared it with Bethune-Cookman quarterback Larry Brihm. The weekly is the third of his career. Raynard leads the nation in completion percentage (.783), passing efficiency (421.2) and touchdown passes (8) after completing 17 of 24 passes for 262 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions last Saturday. All five of Raynard’s TD passes came in the first half, tying a school record set by Alan Hooker in 1985.
Taylor picked up his second career weekly honor after intercepting a pass and forcing and recovering a fumble in the same game for the second time in his career. Taylor also posted a team-leading 10 tackles for an Aggies defense that only allowed seven yards rushing against the Lions. Taylor is tied for the team lead in tackles with redshirt freshman Mac McCain.
Parker, the Aggies All-American lineman, picked up his seventh weekly honor. Not only has Parker not allowed Raynard to get sack, but he also has prevented Raynard from being pressured. Last week against the Lions, he graded out at 91 percent and was credited with six knockdowns in 52 snaps.
N.C. A&T will get its toughest test of the season when they play up a level against Division I-Football Bowl Subdivision foe Charlotte, 6 p.m., Saturday at Jerry Richardson Stadium on the campus of Charlotte University.