Coach of the Year
Pete Adrian - Norfolk State University
When Pete Adrian was named the 16th head coach in Spartan football history on January 19, 2005 he said that Norfolk State was a gold mine waiting to be discovered. After just three seasons at the helm of the program, Adrian's words are proving to be prophetic. Adrian, who preaches accountability, hard work and discipline, joined the Wildcats' staff in 1997 after serving as head coach and athletic director at Daytona High School in Daytona, Fla., from 1993-96. Adrian left Bethune-Cookman briefly to serve as defensive coordinator of the XFL's Chicago Enforcers in 2001, and returned to his post at B-CU in 2002.
Offensive Player of the Year
Chad Simpson - Morgan State University
Chad Simpson completed his collegiate career as one of the premier running backs in the nation...Has the ability to score from anywhere on the field...Tremendous vision...Has enough power and strength to break tackles...A special player...As a senior in 2007...Was selected 2007 MEAC Offensive Player of the Year...First Team All MEAC...American Football Coaches Association Football Championship Subdivision Coaches All-American First-Team...inaugural Boxtorow/BASN Black College All-American Team...Finished as the MEAC leading rusher and set a single season school record by accounting for 1,402 yards. Ranked 9th in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision by averaging 127.5 yards per game, lead the MEAC in scoring (90 pts), and ranked 2nd in all-purpose yards averaging 161.8 yards per game.
Defensive Player of the Year
Ronnie McCullough - Bethune Cookman University
Played in all 11 games, starting two at middle linebacker in 2005 for the USF Bulls program. Finished sixth on the team with 40 tackes, including 28 solo stops. Ronnie Mccullough was ranked 22nd in the state by the Orlando Sentinel. 34th by Larry Bluestein of FloridaKids.net. Class 5-A(AAAAA) All-State Third Team as a running back, despite playing in just six games. Ranked eighth best player in Tampa Bay by St. Petersburg Times, First Team All-County in Tampa Tribune. "He is one of the most competitive players I've ever coached." Hillsborough High head coach Earl Garcia told the St. Petersburg Times, "He's a warrior. He plays every down. I wish every kid on my team was like Ronnie Mccollough". Mccollough told the St.Petersburg Times, "I don't care about my stats. I just want to win. If I'm a decoy on every single play and we win, I don't care."