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Cohen, Leonard earn top MEAC awards

(STATS) - North Carolina A&T running back Tarik Cohen became the first three-time winner of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference's offensive player of the year award and South Carolina State linebacker Darius Leonard was named the defensive player of the year Tuesday.

Cohen, a 5-foot-6, 179-pound senior, led the MEAC with 1,588 rushing yards and became the conference's all-time leading rusher with 5,619. He scored 19 touchdowns and averaged 7.5 yards per carry for N.C. A&T, which finished with a 9-3 record.

He finished fifth in the voting for the STATS FCS Walter Payton Award, which honors the national offensive player of the year.

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Leaders
Passing Yards: G. Hankerson1718
Passing TDs: G. Hankerson8
Rushing Yards: G. Hankerson540
Rushing TDs: G. Hankerson6
Receiving Yards: M. Taylor454
Receiving TDs: M. Taylor2
Interceptions: None 
Schedule 2016
Date Opponent Result / Time
9/4 vs. Elizabeth City State W 20 - 12
9/10 at Richmond L 0 - 34
9/17 at William & Mary L 10 - 35
9/24 vs. North Carolina Central L 31 - 34
10/1 vs. Howard L 28 - 33
10/6 at North Carolina A&T L 0 - 35
10/22 vs. Bethune-Cookman L 14 - 21
10/29 vs. Morgan State W 27 - 14
11/5 at Savannah State L 14 - 31
11/12 at South Carolina State W 13 - 10
11/19 at Hampton W 17 - 10
Mid-Eastern Athletic
  Conference Overall
20 North Carolina Central 8-0 9-2
17 North Carolina A&T 7-1 9-3
South Carolina State 5-3 5-6
Hampton 5-3 5-6
Bethune-Cookman 4-4 4-6
Florida A&M 4-4 4-7
Norfolk State 3-5 4-7
Savannah State 3-5 3-7
Morgan State 3-5 3-8
Howard 2-6 2-9
Delaware State 0-8 0-11
Offense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 3085 (116)
Passing Yards: 1727 (107)
Rushing Yards: 1358 (95)
Points per game: 15.8 (117)
Yards per game: 280.5 (117)
Touchdowns: 19 (119)
Field Goals: 11 (52)
Defense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 3787 (25)
Passing Yards: 1882 (7)
Rushing Yards: 1905 (71)
Points per game: 24.5 (42)
Yards per game: 344.3 (31)
Touchdowns: 33 (44)
Field Goals: 7 (32)
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