Dover, Del. (Nov. 24, 2012) --- Delaware State University quarterback Nick Elko (r-sr.) has been selected as the 2012 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Offensive Player-of-the-Year, in voting by league head coaches and sports information directors announced today.
Elko is joined on the All-MEAC First Team by teammates Travis Tarpley (WR), Justin Wilson (WR), Nail Muradymov (OL), Ernest Adjei (LB) and Davon Moore (DB).
The six All-MEAC First Team selections are the most for the Hornets since 1985. Delaware State tied with league champion Bethune-Cookman for the most first team players this year.
Delaware State's Brandon Cunningham (OL), Rodney Gunter (DL) and Terrick Colston (DB) were named to the 2012 All-MEAC Second Team.
Elko led the MEAC in passing average (257.1 ypg) and total offense (250.3 ypg), and was third in passing efficiency (130.1 rating).
He completed a DSU single-season record 259 passes on 412 attempts (62.5%) for 2,828 yards (also a school record) and 15 touchdowns this past season.
Elko completed his Hornet career ranked second in team history in passing yards (5,754) and completions (539), and third in touchdown passes (37).
He is Delaware State's first MEAC Offensive Player-of-the-Year since Rahsaan Matthews (QB) in 2000.
Tarpley was number one in the MEAC in receptions (7.8 pg) and receiving yards (96.2 pg), and tied for first in touchdown catches (7) this season. He set new Hornet records with 86 receptions for 1,058 yards during the 2012 season.
Wilson was third in the league in receptions (6.0 pg) and receiving yards (73.3 pg) this past season, in which he tallied 66 catches for 806 yards and six touchdowns.
Muradymov was a key member of the DSU offensive line that paved the way for 356.0 total yards per game, fourth best in the MEAC in 2012 and more than 107 yards better than the Hornets' 2011 output.
Moore was third in the MEAC in tackles (8.8 pg; 97 total) and tied for third with four interceptions this season. His 175 interception return yards were tops in the MEAC and second among all Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) players in 2012.
Adjei was tied for sixth in the league in tackles (8.5 pg), collecting a total of 93 for the season.
Colston, a two-time MEAC Rookie-of-the-Week, was second on the team and fifth in the league in tackles (8.6 pg; 95 total) this season. He is also a candidate for the 2012 Jerry Rice Award, honoring the top FCS freshman.
Gunter was tied for seventh in the MEAC in sacks (0.5 pg; 5.5 total) this past season. He was also tops among DSU defensive linemen with 49 tackles (27 solo).
Cunningham was a second-year starter along the Hornets' much improved offensive line this season.
Delaware State was 6-5 overall and tied for third in the MEAC with a 5-3 mark in 2012. It was the Hornets' first winning season since 2007.