Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

B-CC Coach Gives Suber His Due

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

B-CC Coach Gives Suber His Due

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Byline: Teneshia L. Wright, Times-Union sports writer

Allen Suber is finally getting his due. Not from Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference coaches, but from his own coach.

Prior to the season, Suber, the MEAC's 2001 offensive player of the year and the preseason choice for the honor this year, politely listened with teammates as Bethune-Cookman College coach Alvin Wyatt went on and on about the rare talent of quarterback Pa'tell Troutman, who left two years ago as the Wildcats' all-time rushing leader, at the team's media day.

Wyatt's logic was the Wildcats could jump on Troutman's shoulders and strut to victory from 1998-2000. Troutman led B-CC to its first winning season in 13 years with an 8-3 record as a first-year starter in 1998. In 2000, he led the Wildcats to a 9-2 mark, the program's highest victories total since posting the same record in 1976.

But Wyatt, a Gilbert High grad, recently has raved about Suber. He now sees Suber and Troutman as equals, though the coach said Suber has the better arm.

With Suber behind center, B-CC is 9-0, a program-best No. 9 in the ESPN/USA Today Division I-AA Coaches Poll and a program-best No. 1 in the Sheridan Broadcasting Network's Black College Football Poll. B-CC is off to the best start in Division I-AA history and the program's best, matching the 1975 team's 9-0 start before finishing 10-1.

Suber leads the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in passing (1,206 yards), rushing (992 yards), total offense (274.8 yards per game) and touchdowns (15). He is a candidate for the Walter Payton Award, which is awarded to the top player in I-AA.

Troutman's only major honor was MEAC Rookie of the Year in 1998, an award Suber received in 2000 while splitting time with Troutman.

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