Howard freshman quarterback Greg McGhee was named the 2011 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year, joining six other Bison football players to receive post season awards from the MEAC.

A 6-foot-3-inch, 200-pound freshman from Pittsburgh, Pa., McGhee becomes just the third player in school history to receive the honor, joining former Bison Vontae Long and Willie Carter. McGhee had an outstanding season, starting 11 games and finishing as the team’s second leading rusher with 388 yards and four touchdowns.

McGhee had an efficiency rating of 110.5 and passed for 1,784 yards and 13 touchdowns to finish fourth in the MEAC in passing. He was named Rookie of the Week five times during the season and he is a candidate for the Inaugural Jerry Rice Award, given to the top freshman in the Football Championship Division.

Junior linebacker Keith Pough, senior defensive lineman Sackie Kerkulah, senior receiver Willie Carter and senior offensive lineman Cory Gwinner were each named to the MEAC all-conference first team, while senior defensive back Lanny Kelly, senior defensive lineman Corey Berry were voted second team; McGhee was also named to the MEAC all-conference second team. The selections were voted on by the MEAC’s coaches and sports information directors.

Pough was honored after putting on a stellar season performance with a MEAC-high 71 solo tackles, tackling runners behind the line of scrimmage 21 times for minus 77 yards while also sacking quarterbacks three times for 19 yards in losses. The Orangeburg, S.C. native also had two forced fumbles, 11 quarterback hurries, and a fumble recovery. In addition to leading the MEAC in tackles, Pough was ranked fifth nationally in the tackles for losses category and tied for and ninth in forced fumbles. He now has 62 tackles for losses and 277 total tackles in 32 games during his three-year career.

Kerkulah, a 6-foot-4-inch, 255-pound red-shirt senior from Wilingboro, N.J., collected 30 solo tackles (20 assisted) and led the MEAC with 19 tackles for losses, the fifth most in the nation. Carter (6-foot-3-inch, 190-pound senior from Denmark, S.C.) caught 60 passes for 731 yards and seven touchdowns despite facing a lot of double coverage, while Cory Gwinner, a 6-foot-6-inch, 310-pound red-shirt junior from Ypsilanti, Mich., had a phenomenal year after missing all of the 2010 season due to injury. Lanny Kelly (5-foot-11-inch, 190-pound senior from Richmond, Calif.), had the best season of his career, deflecting 18 passes, the second most in MEAC. He also recorded four interceptions on the season. Corey Berry, a 6-foot-3-inch, 260-pound senior from Orangeburg, S.C., recorded career highs in sacks with 6.5 for a loss of 41 yards, 22 solo tackles, 20 assisted tackles and an interception for six yards.


Ed Hill Jr.

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