HBCU Football

Gimme 5: The best this season in the MEAC

Jay Walker’s player of the year is Howard QB Caylin Newton

Jay Walker, ESPN’s football analyst for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), names his top offensive and defensive players, coach of the year, the best game and the biggest surprise this season in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

No. 5: Florida A&M’s resurgence as a top conference team.

No. 4: Breakout player of the year: Bethune-Cookman wide receiver Jimmie Robinson.

No. 3: Coach of the year: first-year head coach Willie Simmons from Florida A&M.

No. 2: Defensive player of the year: North Carolina A&T lineman Darryl Johnson.

No. 1: Player of the year: Howard quarterback Caylin Newton.