Written By: Bradford Brooks
If you didn’t know Lamar Raynard coming into the 2017 season, I bet you do now. Before the 2017 football season started for the Aggies many people outside of Greensboro believed that this team wouldn’t be able to keep its dominance without star running back Tarik Cohen. But Raynard and the rest of his teammates had different plans for the doubter.
Capping off a historical season and something that had never been done, which was winning another Celebration Bowl title and becoming the first ever team in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) history to finish the season undefeated. Raynard became a household name with a breakout season as a sophomore where he earned All-MEAC second-team honors. Raynard is now considered one of the best quarterbacks in the nation and has added even more hardware and honors to his collection. As he was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award given to the best offensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision, earned All-MEAC first-team honors, winning the MEAC Offensive Player of the Year and Sports Hero FCS National Offensive Player of the Year.Raynard was also a finalist for the Deacon Jones Award which is given by the Black College Football Hall of Fame to the best player in black college football.
Throughout the season, Raynard toppled several school records. He broke single-season school records in yards passing yards (2,707), completions (186), touchdown passes (26), touchdowns responsible for (29) and total offense (2,875). Nationally, Raynard was third in passing efficiency (171.6), fourth in yards per pass attempt (9.50), 10th in passing yards per completion (14.55) and completion percentage, 11th in passing touchdowns and points responsible for per game (16.0), 15th in points responsible for (170), 18th in passing yards per game (246.1), 20th in passing yards and 21st in total offense per game (261.4).
He lead the MEAC in completion percentage, passing efficiency, passing TDs, passing yards, passing yards per game, points responsible for, points responsible for per game and yards per passing attempt. Most importantly the Raynard is undefeated as a starter (26-0). The Aggies have won back to back years versus FBS opponents and have also won three MEAC titles in a span of four years. Raynard will be returning for his redshirt Senior season and will look to lead the Aggies to another magical season as they will open the season of against East Carolina September 1st.
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