Nov. 14, 2013
HAMPTON, Va. - The Fayetteville State University football team placed six players on various All-Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association teams released by the conference on Thursday.
Kevin Alfonso received a First-Team selection. Michael Johnson, Blade Shoop and Antonio Mayo made the Second Team, while Juwan Moye and Travis Scales got All-Rookie nods.
Alfonso, a senior center from Rockingham, started eight games after participating in seven a season ago.
"It definitely makes you feel good," said Head Coach Lawrence Kershaw, who also works with the offensive line. "When you coach a position, you want a guy to be recognized as being one of the best in the conference. Kevin Alfonso definitely is."
Johnson, a junior free safety from Raleigh, had 52.5 tackles on the year. He had five interceptions, including a two-pick performance at Johnson C. Smith on Oct. 19. In the season finale at Winston-Salem State, Johnson intercepted a pass and returned the turnover 20 yards.
"He's a great player," Kershaw said. "We knew that going in. We said that going on, he didn't make the preseason all-conference team but he definitely was going to make postseason all-conference. He's just a great player."
Shoop, a senior left guard from Southern Pines, made starts in all four seasons on campus. This season, the physical education major started seven games for the 6-4 Broncos, including the season finale against Winston-Salem State.
"We only had two guys coming back that had any playing experience (on the line), him and Kevin provided great leadership," Kershaw said.
Mayo, a junior kicker and punter from Jacksonville, N.C., averaged 39.4 yards per punt on 48 punts this season. He had a season-long boot of 64 yards against Chowan on October 5, recorded a 57-yarder against Virginia State on Sept. 7, and had punts of 50 yards or more against Elizabeth City State, Shaw, St. Augustine's and Winston-Salem State. Kicking-wise, Mayo went 7 of 13 for the season with a long of 42 yards against St. Augustine's on Oct. 26.
"He had a great season, in terms of other kickers in the conference," Kershaw said. "Second in the conference in points, he did a great job there. We actually thought he punted the ball better than he did with his field goals. It's always a tribute when you have a guy that can do both."
Moye, a true freshman receiver from Raleigh, played in all 10 games for the Broncos. He finished the year with 23 catches for 454 yards and three touchdowns. Against Chowan, Moye hauled down season-highs in receptions, touchdowns and yards with a seven-catch, two-score, 165-receiving yard performance. He returned 11 kicks for 184 yards.
"We knew going in that we had a great receiving corps," Kershaw said. "We knew he was going to get some snaps. As injuries happened, he stepped up. He had a great season there. He just stepped up and did what we thought he could do. He just had a phenomenal season."
Scales, a redshirt freshman strong safety from Southern Pines, played in all 10 contests and recorded 28 tackles. Twenty-eight of those tackles were solo efforts. At Livingstone, Scales recorded a season-high 7.5 tackles, forced two fumbles and recovered one.
"He did a great job," Kershaw said. "Him and Michael Johnson formed a great tandem back there. We feel we're in great shape going forward. Scales had a great season, too, and we're real happy for them."
FSU finished the season 6-4 and in second place in the Southern Division.