Morgan State’s beatdown on Howard didn’t go unnoticed by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s weekly honors committee. Three MSU players were honored by the MEAC Monday following a impressive defensive and special teams showing that led to a 20-3 win in the N.Y. Urban League Classic.

Bears senior defensive end Bricen Tate was named the MEAC Defensive Player of the Week, while teammate Kemar Scarlett was honored as MEAC Specialist of the Week. Freshman receiver Chuka Okakpu was named the conference Rookie of the Week. 

Tate, a Beaumont, Texas native, finished with seven tackles (four solo), a sack and also snatched his first career interception. He leads a Bears defensive unit that ranks second in the entire Football Championship Subdivision in yards allowed per game (205.7)  

“It’s good to see our defense still continuing to play well, along with our special teams unit,” said MSU coach Donald Hill-Eley to the AFRO after the Classic. “A lot of players did a lot of good things to bring us through tonight. Kevin Myrie did a good job of stopping the mid-line run option, and Reshaude Miller did a good job in the secondary by making stops and protecting against the passing game.”

Scarlett was honored for his second time this season for converting 2 of 3 field goal attempts, both at least 45 yards long. The Temple Hills, Md. native has scored 32 of the team’s 46 total points so far this season. Meanwhile, Okakpu, a 6-foot-4-inch native of Georgia, scored Morgan State’s first touchdown of the season on a 16-yard pass from quarterback Donovan Dickerson.

“We’ll take the win, but we have a lot of things we need to fix offensively,” Coach Hill-Eley said. “Offensively, we just didn’t have a lot happening.”

Despite the win at the N.Y. Urban League Classic and the MEAC honors, the Bears were trampled Oct. 2 by Bethune-Cookman 69-32.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor