NCCU junior transfer QB named MEAC newcomer of year by TSN

Jun. 19, 2014 @ 03:47 PM

The Sporting News has named N.C. Central University junior transfer quarterback Quinn Billerman the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year in its college football preview magazine.

A native of Raleigh and the son of Ravenscroft basketball coach and former Duke University point guard (1973-1975) Kevin Billerman, Billerman enters his first season with the Eagles after breaking passing records at Ravenscroft High School and New Mexico Military Institute.

“Quinn is the type of quarterback that can dissect the defense, make all the throws and is intelligent,” said first year NCCU football head coach Jerry Mack when announcing Billerman’s signing in December. “He ran a similar style of offense at NMMI, so the transition should be an easy one for Quinn as he comes into our system.”

In three seasons at Ravenscroft, Billerman became the Ravens’ all-time leading passer with 6,152 yards and 62 touchdown passes from 2009-11. He capped his scholastic career by being named to the 2011 NCISAA Football Division I All-State Team.

Billerman is coming off a record-breaking sophomore season at New Mexico Military Institute. He set new single-season standards with 2,962 passing yards and 34 passing touchdowns in 2013. The 6-3, 215-pound signal caller completed 176-of-335 passes (52.5%), averaged 246.8 passing yards per game and led the Broncos to an 8-4 overall record.

During his record-breaking campaign, Billerman threw for a season-high 494 yards and six touchdowns versus Scottsdale Community College on Oct. 5, completing a season-best 23 passes on 39 attempts. In the final game of the 2013 season, he was named Offensive MVP of the El Toro Bowl by completing 21 passes for 283 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Arizona Western on Dec. 7.

As a freshman at NMMI, Billerman passed for 1,938 yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging 176.2 passing yards per contest during the team’s 6-5 season.

The Sporting News college football preview magazine, which is available on newsstands, predicts NCCU to finish eighth in the MEAC standings, ahead of Norfolk State, Florida A&M and Savannah State. The annual publication has Bethune-Cookman winning the conference title again.

NCCU opens the 2014 gridiron season on Aug. 30 at East Carolina in Greenville, N.C.  The Eagles’ first home game is on Sept. 6 against Elizabeth City State.  For ticket information, visit www.NCCUEaglePride.com or call the NCCU Ticket Office at (919) 530-5170.