Dover, Del. (Nov. 26, 2018) --- Delaware State linebacker Brian Cavicante (jr.) has been named to the 2018 All Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference First Team in voting by league head coaches and sports information representatives announced today. Cavicante, the only Hornet selected to this year's all-conference first team, is the first DSU player to earn the distinction since defensive lineman Gabe Sherrod in 2015.
Delaware State cornerback Keyjuan Selby (sr.) was named to the 2018 All-MEAC Second Team, while teammates Brycen Alleyne (RB; Sr.), Jahad Neibauer (DB; Jr.), Kaiden Crawford (OL; Jr.) and Liki Seu (OL; So.) were third team selections.
Cavicante, a 2018 Preseason All-MEAC First Team pick, was second in the league in total tackles (89) and third in tackles per game (8.1) this past season. In addition, he was second in the conference with 17 tackles-for-loss and tied for third with 50 unassisted tackles. Cavicante was selected as the MEAC Defensive Player-of-the-Week after recording 12 tackles (eight unassisted), including five behind the line-of-scrimmage, and a fumble return for a touchdown vs. St. Francis on Sep. 8.
Selby, also a 2018 Preseason All-MEAC selection, was second in the conference with 13 passes defended this season (12 pass breaks + 1 interception). He was seventh on the Hornets with 45 total tackles, including 34 solo stops.
Neibauer was second on the Hornets and tied 14th in the MEAC in tackles at 6.4 per game (70 total) during the 2018 season. He was also tied for eighth in the conference with 10 tackles for loss (7 break-ups + 3 interceptions). Neibauer shared MEAC Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors for his performance against Savannah State on Nov. 3, which included an interception and 30-yard return, a sack in the endzone for a safety and five solo tackles.
Alleyne was fifth in the MEAC in rushing at 64.6 yards per game (646 total) and led the Hornets with five rushing touchdowns. He also ranked fourth in the league in all-purpose yards at 112.0 per game (1120 total). His yardage total included 337 on kickoff returns, highlighted by a 95-yard touchdown at Norfolk State on Sep. 29.
Crawford and Seu helped pave the way to a No. 2 MEAC ranking in rushing offense for the Hornets at 187.9 yards per game this season (2067 total). DSU’s 2018 yards per-game and total rushing yards were the most by the team since averaging 191.3 ypg and tallying 2104 in 2006. The Hornets’ 2018 MEAC rushing yardage ranking was also their highest since the ‘06 campaign
North Carolina A&T’s Sam Washington was selected by his peers as 2018 MEAC Coach-of-the-Year; Howard running back Dedrick Parson is the league’s Rookie-of-the-Year, while NCA&T senior Micah Shaw was selected as the conference Offensive Lineman-of-the-Year.
In a partnership with the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame, the league’s Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year will be announced as part of the festivities surrounding the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner, Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Hilton Midtown in New York City. The event will be streamed live at 9:30 a.m. via the NFF website.