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MEAC Coach and Player's of the Year

Coach of the Year
Joseph Taylor - Hampton University

Head Coach Joseph Taylor, entering into his 13th season at the helm of the Pirates' football program, continues to show that while offensive strategies and defensive schemes can win games, true professionalism and great work ethic are the foundation for successful programs. The winningest coach in Hampton University football history, Taylor has reached peaks never before seen by the Pirate program. Since his arrival, he has guided the Pirates to two Black College Championships, five conference titles, a Heritage Bowl Championship and four trips to the NCAA playoffs. As overseer of the Pirates, Taylor has compiled a 12-year record of 99-39-1. His career mark of 160-68-4 (.689) places him on the national level as the sixth winningest active coach in NCAA Division I-AA football when ranked by total victories. Coach Taylor's hard work, determination and commitment to excellence has made him a pioneer amongst his peers as evident by his multiple leadership positions. A member of the Board of Directors for the Black Coaches Association, Taylor was recently recognized by Sports Illustrated as one of four finalists for the Eddie Robinson Coach of Distinction Award.


Offensive Player of the Year
Bradshaw Littlejohn - Quarterback - Morgan State University

2004: Bradshaw Littlejohn is one of the best athletes in the conference and among the nations largest quarterbacks. Selected 2004 Preseason All-MEAC First Team. Works extremely hard during the off season. Has size, speed and experience. Ability to run over or away from defenders. Top leader and fierce competitor. As a junior in 2003...saw action in every game as he shared duties at the quarterback position...completed 53 of 122 passes for 827 yards and 6 touchdowns...had a 108.42 pass effiency rating...led team in rushing with 402 yards on 70 carries including 5 TDs...averaged 5.7 yards per carry...rushed for 113 yards and scored 2 touchdowns vs Towson (8/30)...completed 15 of 30 passes for 232 yards and 2 touchdowns with 109 yards on the ground vs Maine (11/8) ... had passes of 44, 69, 70, and a career-long 76 yard pass ... should contend for All-American honors in 2004...


Defensive Player of the Year
Justin Durant - Hampton University

2004: MEAC Defensive Player of the Year and Buchanan Award candidate as the top defensive player in I-AA and finished the season with 99 total tackles, including 45 solo stops and had 10 or more tackles on five occasions, including a career-high 15 against #15 Western Illinois and recorded 14.5 tackles for loss and three sacks and intercepted three passes, returning two for touchdowns and also added eight pass breakups. 2003: Played in the first four games of the season before missing the next three due to injury and returned to the lineup against Florida A&M and saw action at outside linebacker and on special teams and led all Pirate freshmen with 32 total tackles, 14 solo and turned in his best outing of the season with seven tackles, a sack and a pass breakup in Hamptons' win over Morgan State in the New Yourk Urban League Classic and registered 2.5 tackles for loss at Howard and opened his collegiate career with six tackles (4 solo) at Villanova and recorded tackles for loss against Howard, Morgan State and Savannah State.

2004 Award Winners

2003 Award Winners

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