Nov. 6, 2012
HAMPTON, VA – Fayetteville State running back Colon Bailey, Jr., (Jr., Manteo, NC) and defensive back Joshua Scales (Jr., Southern Pines, NC) have been named to the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Football All-Conference Team, it was announced today by the conference. Bailey, Jr. was placed on the CIAA First Team Offense, while Scales was selected to the Second Team Defense. The All-Conference Team was voted on by the CIAA Football Coaches’ Association and the CIAA Sports Information Directors' Association.
Bailey, Jr. finished the 2012 season with a career-high 1,015 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns on 178 carries. He played in all 10 contests this season with three starts. Bailey, Jr. became the first FSU running back since Clifton Davis in 1994 to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season, and is the third player in program history to accomplish the feat. His ten rushing touchdowns are the most since Richard Medlin in 2008. Only three other FSU running backs, including Medlin, have tallied 10 or more touchdowns in a season.
The 6-0, 200-pound back averaged 101.5 yards per game and 5.7 yards per rush. He finished the season fourth in the conference in rushing yards and touchdowns. The junior was also 38th nationally in rushing. He had three games with 100 yards or more on the ground, including back-to-back 200-plus yard performances against Saint Augustine’s and Livingstone. Bailey, Jr. broke Davis’ single-game rushing record against the Blue Bears with 288 yards and three touchdowns, both career-highs, in a 47-29 victory. He was named CIAA Offensive Back of the Week twice and Boxtorow National Player of the Week on Oct. 31.
Scales, who was named 2012 Preseason All-Conference, picks up his second career All-Conference Team honor. He was named First Team All-Conference Defense as a sophomore in 2011. Scales played in all 10 contests this season with eight starts, and finished third on the team with 52 tackles (35 solo, 17 assisted). He also contributed a team-high 16 pass breakups, tied for the team-lead with four interceptions, one tackle for loss, one-half sack, one forced fumble and one blocked kick. Scales had a season-high eight tackles against Elizabeth City State, and recorded interceptions in back-to-back games to start the season at North Carolina Central and UNC Pembroke.
The 6-0, 170-pounder finished the season tied for third nationally, and first in the CIAA, in pass breakups. Scales tied for fourth in the conference in interceptions and tied for 29th in tackles.
Winston-Salem State quarterback Kameron Smith was named the CIAA Offensive Player of the Year and his teammate, linebacker Carlos Fields, earned CIAA Defensive Player of the Year honors. Saint Augustine’s wide receiver Tyron Laughinghouse garnered CIAA Special Teams Player of the Year recognition.
The Players of the Year and All-Conference First Team will be formally recognized at the CIAA Football Championship Luncheon on Friday, Nov. 9 at the Raleigh Crabtree Valley.