Nov. 9, 2011
HAMPTON, Va. - Add another accolade to Larry McDonald's already impressive list of accomplishments.
The veteran Fayetteville State offensive lineman was named to the All-CIAA First Team for the third time in his career, earning the nod after anchoring the Broncos' line again in 2011.
McDonald (Sr., Mebane, N.C.) was joined on the first team by cornerback Joshua Scales (So., Pinehurst, N.C.), who led the CIAA in interceptions, with seven. Running back Colon Bailey (So., Manteo, N.C.) was named to the All-CIAA Second Team.
It was a fitting end to a standout collegiate career for McDonald, who started all 42 games while at Fayetteville State, ranking only behind current defensive line coach Damien Adams for most starts all-time at Fayetteville State in the Broncos' modern era.
"He's one of those football players you rarely get, where he walks in out of high school and right into the starting lineup," head coach Kenny Phillips said of McDonald, who will graduate in May. "You don't see that a lot, especially on the offensive line. At this level, you usually have to wait a couple of years to develop those guys. But he walked right in and has done an outstanding job for us for four years.
"It's a shame four years go by so fast," Phillips quips. "You would've never thought that this is his senior year, but he's done a great job for us on the field and a great job in the classroom. He's accomplished a lot in four years, and that's what you look for when you come to college as a student-athlete."
Scales had a brilliant sophomore season, being named as the CIAA Defensive Back of the Week during the season. He also ranked second in the CIAA in passes defended, with 1.5 per game.
"He's a very good athlete," Phillips said of Scales. "He really trained and worked out real hard this summer, and that's the difference in his maturity from last year to this year. He's come off a knee injury and has done a very good job for us."
"Week-to-week, we tried to get him to play a little bit better with his pads down," Phillips said. "He still runs a little bit high, so he doesn't always run through arm tackles. But the success he's having, he can have a lot more of if he just bends his pads and rips through those arm tackles. Still, he did a very good job for us the last couple of weeks running the football."
The All-Conference Team is led by Offensive Player of the Year, Daronte McNeill of Elizabeth City State. McNeill leads the conference in rushing after running for 1,435 on 308 carries. McNeill also ranks first in CIAA scoring (128 points), first in touchdowns (21) and leads in all purpose yards (1508).
Winston-Salem State's Alton Keaton was named as the CIAA's Defensive Player of the Year. He finished the season with 78 total tackles (54 solo, 24 assisted) while racking up 9.5 tackles for loss.
Winston-Salem State University's Dominique Fitzgerald is the CIAA Special Teams Player of the Year. Fitzgerald tops the CIAA's Punt Return Average category -- returning 15 for 296 yards and one TD, with a long of 64yds.
The players of the year and all-conference teams will be formally recognized at the CIAA Football Championship Luncheon on Friday, Nov.11, 2011, at the Durham Convention Center.
The All-CIAA Football First and Second teams are listed below:
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Daronte McNeill ECSU JR 6'2 215 Sports Management Elizabeth City, NC
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Alton Keaton WSSU SR 5'10 190 Business Administration Fayetteville, NC
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR Dominique Fitzgerald WSSU SR 5'11 195 Physical Education Danville, VA
2011 All-CIAA Football OFFENSIVE TEAM NAME SCHOOL CLASS HT WT MAJOR HOMETOWN
TIGHT END Anthony Faulcon ECSU SR 6'1 220 Sports Management Weldon, NC
LINEMEN Sanerivi Reupena ECSU SR 6'2 350 Criminal Justice Moreno Valley, CA Baron Coffin ECSU SR 6'3 310 Physical Education Pago Pago, American Samoa Larry McDonald FSU SR 6'1 300 Physical Education Mebane, NC Markus Lawrence WSSU JR 6'4 280 Business Administration Charlotte, NC Darrell Billiot WSSU SR 6'3 340 Business Administration Texas City, TX
WIDE RECEIVERS Robert Holland CU JR 6'3 190 SSPE Newport News, VA Jamian Smith SAC SR 6'0 185 Math Engineering Kenansville, NC
QUARTERBACK Kameron Smith WSSU JR 6'0 180 Business Administration Garner, NC
RUNNING BACKS Daronte McNeill ECSU JR 6'2 215 Sports Management Elizabeth City, NC Nicholas Cooper WSSU SR 5'11 245 Interdisciplinary Studies Clinton, NC
KICK RETURNER Terry Anderson LC FR 5'11 180 Sports Management Newark, NJ
PLACE KICKER William Rudd VSU SR 6'0 185 Physical Education Richmond, VA
LINEMEN Brad Davis ECSU JR 6'1 245 Business Administration Charlotte, NC John Davis ECSU SR 6'1 225 Business Administration Sacramento, CA Derrick Johnson II JCSU JR 6'0 265 Physical Education Charlotte, NC Tim Green LU JR 6'0 255 Criminal Justice Plainfield, NJ
LINE BACKERS Daron Jones LU SR 5'10 215 Criminal Justice Baltimore, MD Brandon McElwee LU SR 6'0 215 Biology Gloucester, NJ Jeremy Pruitt VSU SR 6'0 240 Sports Management Far Rockaway, NY
DEFENSIVE BACKS Kenny Turner BSU SR 5'8 180 Computer Graphics Oxon Hill, MD Nigel Rios ECSU SO 5'9 170 Business Washington, D.C. Josh Scales FSU SO 6'0 175 Undeclared Pine Crest, NC Alton Keaton WSSU SR 5'10 190 Business Administration Fayetteville, NC
PUNTER Tyler Rabb JCSU SR 6'4 240 Chemistry Shelby, NC
PUNT RETURNER Dominique Fitzgerald WSSU SR 5'11 195 Physical Education Danville, VA
2011 All-CIAA 2nd Team OFFENSIVE NAME SCHOOL CLASS HT WT MAJOR HOMETOWN
TIGHT END Michael Byrd WSSU SR 6'4 270 Rehabilitation Studies Thomasville, NC
LINEMEN Rico Arellano JCSU SO 6'7 280 Undeclared Charlotte, NC Michael Griffin VSU SR 6'3 320 Sports Management Florence, SC Francisco Clifford VSU SR 6'2 280 Sports Management Suffolk, VA James George VUU SR 6'5 320 Business Administration Jersey City, NJ Daven Gray WSSU SO 6'3 310 Art Kernersville, NC
WIDE RECEIVERS Tyron Laughinghouse SAC JR 6'3 170 Sports Management Greenville, NC Matthew Coston LU JR 6'0 185 Education Brooklyn, NY
QUARTERBACK Teddy Bacote SAC SO 6'3 200 Accounting Hampton, VA
RUNNING BACKS Kevin Swain ECSU JR 5'9 175 Physical Education Windsor, NC Colon Bailey FSU SO 6'1 215 Undeclared Manteo, NC
KICK RETURNER James Proctor, Jr. BSU SR 5'9 180 Computer Technology Capital Heights, MD
PLACE KICKER Alejandro Suarez WSSU FR 5'6 145 Undeclared Liberty, NC
LINEMEN Shonquez Nelson SAC SO 6'1 290 Interdisciplinary Studies Lake City, SC Charles Deas SU SR 6'6 310 Recreation Ft. Lauderdale, FL Stanley Porter SU SR 6'4 275 Recreation Rosedale, MS Akeem Ward WSSU SR 6'4 265 Criminal Justice Holly Springs, NC
LINE BACKERS Tyheim Pitt LC SO 5'11 205 Undeclared Fremont, NC Chaz Robinson SAC SO 5'11 215 Sports Management Hampton, VA Carlos Fields WSSU SO 6'2 225 Math Education Henderson, NC
DEFENSIVE BACKS Patrick Charles CU SR 5'9 180 Biology West Palm Beach, FL Josh Brooks ECSU JR 5'11 185 Aviation Science Washington, D.C. Jamil Berry SAC SR 6'0 195 Mass Communications Fayetteville, GA Antonio Harris VUU JR 5'11 180 Criminal Justice Newport News, VA
PUNTER William Rudd VSU SR 6'0 185 Physical Education Richmond, VA
PUNT RETURNER Tyron Laughinghouse SAC JR 6'3 170 Sports Management Greenville, NC
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