EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (Aug. 19, 2019) – North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s Julius Reynolds, a linebacker for the Aggies football team, has been named 2019 Male Student-Athlete of the Year for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
Reynolds, a pre-med biology student, graduated in spring 2019 with a 3.6 GPA and the goal of becoming a doctor. Nicknamed “Dr. Reynolds” by his coaches and teammates, he played four varsity football seasons for the Aggies, helping the team win three MEAC championships and three Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl games.
“Dr. Reynolds truly deserves this honor,” North Carolina A&T State University coach Sam Washington said. “He is a respectable and considerate young man who is quick to think of others’ needs. I’m happy for him and excited about his future.”
As a two-year team captain, Reynolds led by example on the field and in the classroom, teaching biology classes at N.C. A&T as a graduate assistant with some of his former teammates as students. He also organized visits to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta hospitals during the team’s trips to the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl.
During his football career, Reynolds played 45 games with nine starts. He has 116 career tackles (68 unassisted) with 12.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, two interceptions and a fumble returned for a touchdown.
Last season, Reynolds posted 22 tackles (18 unassisted) and played on a defense ranked third in the nation.
“I would like to congratulate Julius Reynolds. He’s had an absolutely phenomenal career at North Carolina A&T State University, not only as a student-athlete but academically and in extracurricular activities as well,” said MEAC Commissioner Dr. Dennis Thomas. “I wish him continued success and I would like to thank his family and all of the people who had a positive influence on him.”
Reynolds is the second male and fourth Aggie to be named MEAC Student-Athlete of the Year, following men’s track and field jumper Jared Baldwin [TSJ1] in 2012, women’s track and field standout Loreal Smith in 2009 and softball outfielder Renecia Lovelace in 2006, the first year the honor was bestowed.