Cook, Tay­lor earn CIAA hon­ors

VSU’s Cook is QB of the Week, Hopewell alum is Of­fen­sive Back of the Week

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Vir­ginia State quar­ter­back Cordel­ral Cook and Vir­ginia Union run­ning back Tabyus Tay­lor were among the col­le­giate stu­dent-ath­letes to earn CIAA weekly hon­ors for Week 6. Cook was named Quar­ter­back of the Week and Tay­lor, a Hopewell

High School alum, was again named Of­fen­sive Back of the Week.

Cook fin­ished the con­test against ECSU with 250 pass­ing yards, go­ing 18-of-26 and adding two touch­downs. He also rushed for 22 yards and two more touch­downs. Cook helped guide the Tro­jans to a 41-19 vic­tory over the Vik­ings to open North­ern Di­vi­sion play and im­prove the Tro­jans’ over­all record to 3-2 and a still-un­beaten 3-0 mark in CIAA play.

Tay­lor rushed for 235 yards and three touch­downs in VUU’s 90-0 win over Lin­coln. Tay­lor’s 235 yards rush­ing tied for the fifth­high­est sin­gle-game to­tal in school his­tory.

Fol­low­ing the Pan­thers’ high­est-scor­ing con­test in over 90 years, Vir­ginia Union play­ers earned sev­eral Week 6 CIAA hon­ors.

Of­fen­sive Line­man of the Week Shamdu Nalls an­chored a VUU of­fen­sive line that al­lowed the Pan­thers to rush for a school-record 494 yards and nine rush­ing touch­downs in Vir­ginia Union’s 90-0 win over Lin­coln.

The Pan­thers racked up a to­tal of 673 yards in to­tal of­fense, smash­ing the old record of 623 yards set against Nor­folk State in 1992.

De­fen­sive Line­man of the Week Lonte Mor­ton had a ca­reer day with five tack­les, a sack, and

forced two fum­bles.

Spe­cial Teams Player of the Week Jef­fer­son Souza broke the VUU school-record by mak­ing 12 ex­tra points. The old record was 10, set by Troy Krepich in 2014.

Saint Au­gus­tine’s also earned mul­ti­ple weekly hon­ors fol­low­ing a 26-15 win over Liv­ing­stone.

De­fen­sive Back of the Week De­monte Hines was among the SAU

tackle lead­ers with seven (2 solo).

He also in­ter­cepted a pass; his pick deep in SAU ter­ri­tory stopped a po­ten­tial Liv­ing­stone scor­ing drive.

Line­backer of the Week and Rookie of the Week Joseph Har­ris, Jr. amassed a sea­son-high 17 tack­les in­clud­ing 0.5 tack­les for loss to help the Fal­cons beat Liv­ing­stone.

Har­ris was four

tack­les off the mod­ern school sin­gle-game record of 21 tack­les.

From Bowie State, Re­ceiver of the Week Lansana Se­say led all re­ceivers with nine catches, 107 re­cep­tion yards and the game-win­ning catch in Bowie State’s thrilling 20-17 home de­but vic­tory against the Rams of Win­ston-Salem State.



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