By Brian Howard
Three former Florida A&M University (FAMU) football players were named to the all-time Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) 50th anniversary football team.
Wide receiver Ray Alexander, wide receiver Jacquay Nunnally and placekicker James Vertuno were among 50 former players honored by the conference office.
Alexander played under legendary head coach Rudy Hubbard from 1980-83. He was a three-time First Team All-MEAC selection from 1981-83 and won the MEAC Offensive Player of the Year honor in 1983. That season he registered 57 receptions for 1,079 yards and nine touchdowns.
After college, Alexander played one season with the Denver Broncos in 1984 and split time over the next decade in the CFL and NFL.
The first of his collegiate honors was being inducted into the FAMU Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and was enshrined into the MEAC Hall of Fame in 1995.
Nunnally played under head coach Billy Joe and his Gulf Coast Offense in the mid-to-late 1990s.
During the NCAA record-breaking 1998 season, Nunnally led the team with 109 receptions for 1,504 yards. He was a four-time First Team All-MEAC selection from 1997-2000 and also earned the MEAC Rookie of the Year honor in 1997.
The Miami native was inducted into the FAMU Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 and into the MEAC Hall of Fame in 2010.
Vertuno, a Tallahassee native who attended Florida High, was named First Team All-MEAC as a kicker from 1998-90 and was a two-time All-American.
The clutch kicker led the team in scoring in three of his four seasons. Vertuno posted a career-high 71 points in the 1990 MEAC championship season. His overall totals include 113-of-123 on extra points and 39-of-56 on field goal attempts.
Vertuno, who was enshrined into the FAMU Sports Hall of Fame in 2016, works as a reporter covering the Texas Longhorns for the Associated Press.
Nearly 2,500 votes were cast for the MEAC Football All-Time Team, with fans, media representatives, institution sports information contacts and others taking part.
To be considered on the ballot, players must have been named to one of the following: First Team All-MEAC, MEAC Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Offensive Lineman of the Year or be a MEAC, Black College Football or College Football Hall of Fame inductee.