MEAC Coach and Player's of the Year

Coach of the Year
George Small - N.C. A&T State University

Small grew up in Raeford, NC, a small town in the southeast portion of the state, where he excelled as an athlete at Hoke County High School. After high school he resumed his athletic career at N.C. A&T State University, where he played on the gridiron as an offensive and defensive lineman, earning All-MEAC honors while serving as the team captain during his senior season. Following the season, Small was honored as a Pittsburgh (PA) Courier All-American, and was selected to the North Carolina All-State team. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in sociology/criminal justice in the spring of 1979. An outstanding student, Small was named as a National Dean’s List honoree, and as Who’s Who Among Outstanding Names and Faces. Following his scholastic career, Small enjoyed a career in the National Football League. He played a total of five seasons, which included stints with the New York Giants, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Offensive Player of the Year
Allen Suber- Quarterback - Bethune-Cookman College

2003: Another outstanding season, Suber claimed MEAC Offensive Player of the Year honors for the second straight year. Leading the Wildcats to a second straight play-off appearance, Suber rushed for 987 yards and threw for 1379 yards. 2002: MEAC Offensive Player of the Year though he played very little in the final four games due to a sprained foot, he still had a remarkable season. The junior quarterback rushed for 1035 yards with 15 touchdowns and threw for 1307 yards with eight touchdowns. He became the sixth player in B-CC to rush for over 1,000 yards. He tied the modern day record for rushing touchdowns with 15, including four against Morgan State. Two of his games (233 against Morgan State and 192 at South Carolina State) rank among the top ten single-game rushing totals.

Defensive Player of the Year
Stevie Baggs, Jr. - Bethune-Cookman College

2003: The 2003 MEAC Defensive Player of the Year. Baggs had a tremendous season defensively…Led the conference in tackles for loss with 36. He also became the B-CC all-time career sack leader with 40. 2002: Led the in sacks with eight and was second in tackles with 76. Baggs also recorded 3 fumble recoveries for a total of 30 yards and forced 3 fumbles. 2001: Had a very good season, registering 47 tackles, 16.5 for loss. Led the team with 9 sacks for a loss of 52 yards, 1 pass break up, 3 fumble recoveries, 1 recovered for a 70- yard touch down run. Returned a fumble 72 yards for a touchdown vs. Morgan State on Sept. 1. Registered 3 sacks vs. Howard on Nov. 10. Finished among the top in the MEAC in sacks. Earned All-MEAC First-Team honors and was named to the Division I-AA All-American Third Team (by National Football Gazette).

2003 Award Winners

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