Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information Jah-Maine Martin led the Aggies in rushing TDs in 2018. Photo by Kevin L. Dorsey
EAST GREENSBORO – College Football America Yearbook released their 2019 Preseason FCS Top 30 on Monday with the North Carolina A&T Aggies ranked No. 18.
The Aggies are the only Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) team in the poll and the only team from the two historically black conferences (Southwestern Athletic Conference, MEAC) to make the poll.
N.C. A&T is coming off a 10-2 season where they won their fourth MEAC title in five years by going 6-1 in the league. The Aggies went on to represent the MEAC in the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl where they defeated SWAC champion and representative Alcorn State 24-22 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
By winning the game, the Aggies won their second straight Celebration Bowl and claimed their second straight HBCU national title. The Aggies have also won three out of the last four Celebration Bowls and HBCU titles.
Also, in the poll is the Aggies first 2019 opponent, the Elon Phoenix. The Phoenix enter the poll at No. 22. The No. 1 team in the poll is FCS power North Dakota State followed by South Dakota State, James Madison, Eastern Washington and Jacksonville State in the top-5.
N.C. A&T returns four starters on offense and four on defense. The Aggies will be seeking to finish nationally-ranked for the fifth straight season.
At Barnes & Nobles perusing the magazines. Street & Smith has us #19 and Lindy’s has us #22. I can agree with these, other than that Hero Sports ranking that doesn’t even list us as a honorable mention...
N.C. A&T favored in MEAC, but vulnerable By CRAIG HALEY STATS FCS Senior Editor
(STATS) - The low number with North Carolina A&T on Friday was "1" - the Aggies' spot in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference preseason poll.
The other low number with the two-time defending champion as it heads toward the 2019 season is something that should excite the rest of the conference. The Aggies return only eight starters - four on each side of the ball. That's five fewer than any other team as the rest of the FCS conference returns experienced starting lineups.
Still, beating N.C. A&T has almost become just a hope in the MEAC. Bethune-Cookman was picked second and Florida A&M third in a conference that drops to nine teams with Savannah State's return to the Division II level. Florida A&M is under NCAA sanctions, ineligible for the conference title and the postseason.
Now we await Oleschoolaggie's rebuttal to Trues' commentary about having an "unproven QB."
lol, i've been in philadelphia all week for the nupe national convention and trues' comment slipped pass me!
unproven?? c'mon, trues!! dude marched our offense up and down the field against ecu to win the biggest fbs game in our history. yet, you say he's "unproven"? wca, that's just trues expressing his "carter hateration" again...
she's the "symbol" of lady aggie basketball excellence. its amber calvin's "show time" in aggieland!! the queen of "no look" passes...