Nov. 1, 2005
Hicks, who has led the Rams in rushing for the last three seasons, narrowly missed his third consecutive 1,000-yard season as he finished the season with 989 net yards rushing en route to leading the CIAA in scoring with 86 points on 14 touchdowns and a converted two-point conversion. The senior from
The award marks the first time since the 2001 season, one in which Stephon Kelly earned CIAA Defensive Player of the Year honors, that a WSSU football student-athlete has earned CIAA Player of the Year honors, and marking the first time that a WSSU football player has earned Offensive Player of the Year honors since Richard Huntley did so in 1995.
Hicks is not the only WSSU football player to earn All-CIAA honors as the Rams placed two additional student-athletes on the All-CIAA First-Team.
Joining Offensive Player of the Year Hicks are defensive lineman Jason Holman and offensive lineman Jerome Dunbar. Holman, a 6'3", 290 pound defensive lineman from
In addition to three first-team All-CIAA selections, the Rams placed five student-athletes on the All-CIAA second team as tight end Stan Wright (Durham, NC), offensive lineman Michael Champaign (Columbia, SC), running back Jed Bines (Winston-Salem, NC), linebacker Lavern Bynum (Weldon, NC) and defensive back Nate Biggs (Durham, NC) all earned All-Conference honors.
The selection of eight Rams to the All-CIAA teams marks the third time in five seasons that Kermit Blount's team has placed at least eight members on the All-Conference teams.
WSSU finished the 2005 season with a 6-4 record overall en route to a 6-1 CIAA record as the Rams close out the CIAA chapter of their history en route to a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schedule next season.
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