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Photo by Daniel Kucin. Curtis Pumphrey is the CIAA’s all-rookie defensive player of the year.
Published on: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
By Daniel Kucin
Despite missing their chance to play in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship this year, the Bowie State Bulldogs put together a solid season finishing at 5-5.
Bowie State was only two games back from representing the Northern division in Durham, N.C., last Friday. Bowie State saw a lot of promise from young players who hope to use their new-found experience as a tool for next year’s championship run.
Suitland alumnus Antoine Young and Laurel native Curtis Pumphrey were acknowledged as two of the best defensive players as red-shirt freshmen. Both players were represented in the CIAA All-Rookie defensive team and recognized at the CIAA Football Championship Luncheon Friday at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley Hotel.
Young had an impressive year statistically, accounting for 57 tackles and an interception. Young had one of his best performances of the year on the last game of the season against Elizabeth City State when he broke the Bulldogs’ single-game tacking record with 21 take downs.
Pumphrey’s year was nothing short of stellar. The 5-foot-8, 155-pound defensive back was honored as CIAA’s Defensive Rookie of the Year. Pumphrey finished the year with six interceptions, 58 tackles, and 12 pass breakups.
The young talent on the Bulldogs’ roster is evident, and it did not take long for these two players to blossom.
Six Bowie State University players were accepted and represented the 2012 All-CIAA Football team Friday. Senior wide receiver Douglass McNeil, tight end Khari Lee, lineman Oladimeji Layeni and defensive back Delante White were praised for their success on the field. McNeil had 667 yards receiving this year and made big plays every time his number was called. Lee was also a threat on the field, catching 27 balls for 351 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore.
Crossland graduate Delante White had 52 tackles, one forced fumble, and an interception, and counterpart Layeni terrorized offenses as well with 45 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles and two recoveries.
The future is bright for these players, and Bowie State should be able to relate this success on the field next year.