Nov 24, 2012
Four North Carolina Central University Eagles – defensive lineman Stephen Young, return specialist Arthur Goforth, offensive lineman Charles Goodwin and defensive lineman Xavier Proctor – have been selected to the 2012 All-MEAC Football Team, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference announced on Saturday.
Young, a senior from Woodbridge, Va., and Goforth, a senior from Columbia, S.C., earned First Team All-MEAC honors; while Goodwin, a junior from High Point, N.C., and Proctor, a senior from Ellicott City, Md., were named Second Team All-MEAC.
Young capped his NCCU career by ranking third in the conference and tied for ninth in the NCAA Division I-FCS with 15.5 tackles for a loss, and tied for third in the league with 5.5 sacks. He also recorded 42 total tackles (21 solo) with a forced fumble.
Goforth ranked second in the league and 26th in NCAA Division I-FCS in all-purpose yards with an average of 134.9 yards per game. He scored three touchdowns on special teams (two punt returns, one kickoff return), broke the NCCU single-season record with a punt return average of 35.8 yards per attempt, and also established a new school record with a 92-yard punt return for a touchdown. He topped the MEAC and ranked 21st in the nation with an average of 26.2 yards per kickoff return, including a 90-yard touchdown. A two-time MEAC Special Teams Player of the Week (Sept. 24 and Oct. 22), Goforth ended his collegiate career as only the third Eagle to amass more than 4,000 all-purpose yards, finishing with 4,021 (968 rushing, 368 receiving, 567 punt returns, 211 kickoff returns).
Goodwin started every game at left tackle for the Eagles. He recorded an average grade of 91 percent with 17 pancake blocks and 26 knockdowns (through nine games).
Proctor compiled 42 total tackles (21 solo), including 10.5 hits for a loss with 4.0 sacks, along with two pass break-ups.
As a team, NCCU posted an overall record of 6-5 for its first winning season since 2007. The Eagles tied for third in the MEAC standings with a conference record of 5-3.
For a complete listing of the MEAC post-season awards, visit www.MEACsports.com.
For more information about NCCU football, visit www.NCCUEaglePride.com.