Local roundup: Hornet linebacker Cavicante named MEAC preseason Defensive Player of Year

Delaware State senior linebacker Brian Cavicante has been selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Football Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

The honor came in a vote of league head coaches and sports information directors and was announced during the league’s annual kickoff luncheon on Friday.

As a team, the Hornets were predicted to finish ninth in the nine-team league. North Carolina A&T was picked to win the MEAC this fall after receiving 12 of 18 first-place votes.

Brian Cavicante

Joining Cavicante on the Preseason All-MEAC first team are fellow Hornets Jahad Neibauer at linebacker and Kaiden Crawford on the offensive line.

Delaware State defensive end Christian Johnson, along with Hornet punter Fidel Romo-Martinez and his brother, placekicker Jose Romo-Martinez were second-team picks.

The Hornets are represented on the Preseason All-MEAC third team by tight end Isiah Williams and defensive back Devin Smith (sr.; Washington.

Cavicante was an All-MEAC first-team selection in 2018 when he was second in the league in total tackles (89) and third in tackles-per-game (8.1). In addition, he was second in the conference with 17 tackles-for-loss and tied for third with 50 unassisted tackles.

The last Hornet to earn MEAC Preseason Player of the Year honors was wide receiver Justin Wilson in 2011. Joe Burton (DB) was the last Hornet selected as postseason MEAC Defensive Player of the Year.

“Brian is a born leader, more like a coach on the field,” said Delaware State coach Rod Milstead. “He’s an intelligent player and works as hard as anyone. We’re counting on him to help the way for what I believe will be a solid defense this season.”

Hens’ Pritchard honored: Delaware’s Nick Pritchard, who earned first-team All-CAA honors last year, was named to the FCS Punter of the Year Watch List on Friday.

The senior ranking first in the CAA and fourth all-time in program history with an average punt of 42.0 yards in 2018. Of his 58 punts, 17 of them went for 50 or more yards, while 16 were downed inside the 20.

With an average of 41.3 over the past two years, Pritchard enters the season ranked second all-time in Delaware history in career punt average, behind only Eric Enderson (43.6).

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