by Ed Hill Jr.
For New Pittsburgh Courier
(NNPA)—Howard freshman quarterback Greg McGhee was named the 2011 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year, joining six other Bison football players to receive post season awards from the MEAC.
A 6-foot-3-inch, 200-pound freshman from Perry High School Pittsburgh, Pa., McGhee becomes just the third player in school history to receive the honor, joining former Bison Vontae Long and Willie Carter. McGhee had an outstanding season, starting 11 games and finishing as the team’s second leading rusher with 388 yards and four touchdowns.
McGhee had an efficiency rating of 110.5 and passed for 1,784 yards and 13 touchdowns to finish fourth in the MEAC in passing. He was named Rookie of the Week five times during the season and he is a candidate for the Inaugural Jerry Rice Award, given to the top freshman in the Football Championship Division.
Junior linebacker Keith Pough, senior defensive lineman Sackie Kerkulah, senior receiver Willie Carter and senior offensive lineman Cory Gwinner were each named to the MEAC all-conference first team, while senior defensive back Lanny Kelly, senior defensive lineman Corey Berry were voted second team; McGhee was also named to the MEAC all-conference second team. The selections were voted on by the MEAC’s coaches and sports information directors.
(Edward Hill Jr. is the sports information director for Howard University.)