You can’t argue with perfection. Neither did the coaches or the media as the North Carolina A&T Aggies, by virtue of their 21-14 win over Gambling in the Celebration Bowl on Saturday, finish a unanimous No.1 and are HBCU national champions with the release of the final BOXTOROW Coaches and Media Polls. “We appreciate BOXTOROW
boxtorow.com South Carolina State linebacker Darius Leonard has done what his former teammate and now Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Javon Hargrave did just two years ago. Repeat as BOXTOROW Willie Davis Defensive Player of the Year. The redshirt senior from Lake View, S.C. also repeated as MEAC Defensive Player of the Year after leading the
Only three games were played last week, but Grambling’s big win over Southern in the Bayou Classic caused some movement in both the BOXTOROW Coaches and Media Polls. Grambling once again received two first place votes and remains No. 2 in the coaches poll. Southern dropped to No. 5, down from No. 3 last week.
Losses amongst the top five teams caused movement in both the BOXTOROW Coaches and Media Polls. North Carolina A&T won the MEAC championship on Saturday and remained No. 1, receiving all but two first place votes after defeating last year’s MEAC champion North Carolina Central. The Aggies remain undefeated and NCCU remains at No. 7.
Bethune-Cookman’s Hail Mary victory over North Carolina Central in Durham, altered slightly both the BOXTOROW Coaches and Media Polls. The victory by the Wildcats also sent shockwaves through the MEAC, making it now a race between North Carolina A&T and Howard for the MEAC crown. A&T’s win over Savannah State kept the Aggies undefeated and
A week in which there weren’t many losses by favored teams saw very few changes in the BOXTOROW Coaches and Media Polls. The coaches poll remained steady as for the second straight week North Carolina A&T received all but two first place votes to remain the top team. No.2 Grambling received the other two first
Hampton’s loss to Bethune-Cookman and Tennessee State’s loss to Tennessee Tech caused shakeups in both the BOXTOROW Coaches and Media Polls. In the coaches poll, the Pirates fell four spots to No. 7 this week. Tennessee State fell even further, dropping from No. 4 last week to No. 9, its lowest ranking of the season.
Previous top five North Carolina Central fell to Norfolk State and Grambling overwhelmed Alcorn, which created shakeup in both the BOXTOROW Coaches and Media Polls. In the coaches poll, the Tigers did more than solidify their No. 2 ranking, receiving four first-place votes, closing the gap on top-ranked North Carolina A&T. The Aggies came from
The North Carolina A&T Aggies went on the road and defeated Florida A&M 31-20 and remain undefeated and No. 1 in both the BOXTOROW Coaches and Media Polls. In the coaches poll, Nos. 2 – 4 remained unchanged as Grambling had a bye and North Carolina Central and Alcorn State won home games. Tennessee State
The top five teams from the previous week all won and remained in the same spot in this week’s BOXTOROW Coaches and Media Polls. As it has all season in the coaches poll, the North Carolina A&T received a majority of the first place votes, receiving all expect one which went to No. 2 Grambling,