NORFOLK, Va., September 2, 2013 – South Carolina State’s Tyler McDonald was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s (MEAC) Offensive Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. Jarkevis Fields, of Bethune-Cookman was named Defensive Player of the Week.
Justin Taylor of South Carolina State was named Rookie of the Week. Morgan State’s Karim Barton and Bethune-Cookman’s Alex Monroe was selected as Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week. MSU’s Lawrence Forbes and SCSU’s Nick Belcher earned Co-Special Teams of the Week accolades, respectively.
McDonald (WR, 6-1, 190, Sr., Summerville, SC) caught four passes for 108 yards with one touchdown in the Bulldogs season opener against #25 Coastal Carolina. McDonald recorded a catch of 74 yards while averaging 27 yards per catch.
Fields (LB, 6-0, 230, Sr., Sanford, Fla.) recorded a game-high tying 10 tackles, six solo, in the Wildcats’ 12-9 victory over Tennessee State. He added one sack for 10 yards and was named the John Merritt Classic’s Most Valuable Defensive Player.
Taylor (RB, 5-10, 215, Fr., Atlanta, Ga.) had 24 carries for 80 yards with one touchdown against #25 Coastal Carolina.
Barton (RT, 6-3, 315, Sr., Los Angles, Calif.) helped the Bears pave the way with 185 yards rushing and graded out at 97-percent on his assignments against Army. He also added three pancake blacks and allowed zero sacks.
Monroe (LT, 6-5, 305, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.) anchored the Wildcats’ offensive line that accounted for 260 yards of total offense. He graded out at 88-percent on his assignments and helped paved the way for the final game-winning drive in the Wildcats’ victory over Tennessee State. Behind his protection, Bethune-Cookman rushed for 162 yards and tallied 98 yards through the air.
Belcher (P/K, 5-9, 170, Sr., Sumter, SC) had five punts with an average of 46.0 yards against #25 Coastal Carolina. He booted a 61-yard punt and landed three inside the 20-yard line.
Forbes (P, 6-4, 180, r-Fr., Upper Marlboro, Md.) averaged 44 yards on four punts, including a 63-yard blast, including four inside the 20 yard-line during his collegiate debut against Army.