After SWAC caught the world’s attention last week in Jackson State, attention is now shifting to MEAC. There was no shortage of excitement at MEAC this week, but nothing was more startling than Davius Richard’s speech at Central North Carolina University.
In this week’s HBCU Highlights, we’ll take a closer look at Richard’s stunning performance, as well as analyze how an NCCU win could impact the postseason. Of course, we will also inform you about the latest updates on Travis Hunter and shed some light on this week’s top players.
Game of the week: NCCU makes statement against Howard
Coming into this game, Howard Bison took first place in the MEAC rankings with an impeccable conference record. That high was quickly recorded by the NCCU Eagles on Saturday.
Led by quarterback Davies Richard’s dominating play, the NCCU beat Howard 50–21 to improve to 7–2 for the season. The NCCU is now leading MEAC and has stepped into the postseason conversation.
Heading into that game, the NCCU knew it would need to win all three remaining games to stay in Celebration Bowl consideration. The Eagles knew Howard would be their toughest opponent this stretch and used Saturday’s competition as a statement for the rest of the conference. The NCCU heads to Virginia next week to take on Norfolk State (who have been trashed by the Bison this season) with momentum on their side.
If they can hand the Spartans and Tennessee Tech the same fate as the Bison, then Richards and the NCCU Eagles will take on the SWAC champion on Dec. 17.
Players of the week
one. Davius RichardQB, NCCU (13 of 21 for 281 yards, 3 TD | 7 carries for 104 yards, 2 TD) in win over Howards
2. Jeremy MoussaQB, Florida A&M (17 of 34 of 224, 3 TDs) in win over Southern
3. Shane HooksWR, Jackson State (tk tk) in a win over Texas Southern
four. Jarveon HowardRB, Alcorn State (29 carries for 125 yards, 1 TD) in overtime over Prairie View A&M
5. EJ Hicks, WR, NCCU (4 catches for 108 yards, 1 TD) in a win over Howard
Although the statistics may not reflect this, Travis Hunter had great success in Jackson State’s 41-14 victory over Texas Southern. Similar to his debut and game against the South last week, Hunter closed his assignment, effectively robbing Texas of the South. This resulted in some exciting pass defenses and the creation of an island that Darrell Revis would be proud of. On offense, Hunter had two catches for 25 yards, including a 20-yard receiving.
Hunter’s ability to influence all stages of the game is reminiscent of Charles Woodson. Deion Sanders’ decision to keep him on the ice until he fully recovered proved fruitful. It will be interesting to see Hunter’s future with JSU if Sanders decides to actually entertain any Power 5 programs. For now, we’ll all just sit back and enjoy the Travis Hunter show while Jackson State (9-0) continues to vomit.