Six earn first team honors, as 13 members of Pack football garnner All-RMAC

Six earn first team honors, as 13 members of Pack football garnner All-RMAC

RMAC RELEASE

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (November 15, 2016) - The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference handed out its annual football awards Tuesday and in the process honored 13 members of the Colorado State University-Pueblo football team, which included six student-athletes collecting first team recognition.

The ThunderWolves finished the season 8-3 overall and 8-2 in RMAC play to share a conference championship, their fifth in the last six seasons and sixth all-time.

Earning All-RMAC First Team Offense were juniors Zach Boyd (TE, Fort Lupton, Colo.), Corbin Feenstra (OL, Superior, Colo.) and Ty McCulley (Pueblo, Colo.). All-RMAC First Team Defense honorees included, inside linebackers Brandon Payer (So., Pine, Colo.) and Samuel Singleton (Sr., Denver, Colo.) and sophomore cornerback Darius Williams (Gilbert, Ariz.).

Four members of the Pack defense were selected as All-RMAC Second Team. Both senior safeties, Joseph Jones (Fountain, Colo.) and LaRon Tarkington were honored, while seniors Ryan Merrill (OLB, Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Ian Kelly (DE, Temecula, Calif.) also made the mark.

Senior return man and wide receiver Daniel Wise (Arlington, Texas) gathered two special teams honors, as he was an All-RMAC Second Team punt returner and honorable mention kick returner.

Junior Keith Hed (OL, Pueblo West, Colo.) and freshman kicker Nathan Taylor (Ariz.) were selected as All-RMAC Honorable Mention.

FIRST TEAM BIOS

Zach Boyd (All-RMAC First Team Offense) – Played in 11 games at tight end … Totaled 20 receptions for 234 yards (11.7 ypc) to rank fourth on the team in both categories … Scored three touchdowns, which was the second most on the team and recorded a long reception of 47 yards … Averaged 21.3 yards per game … An extension of the offensive line that helped lead the Pack to 195.8 rushing yards per game and rank No. 14 in NCAA Division II in least tackles for loss allowed (4.36) … 2015 All-RMAC Second Team.

Corbin Feenstra (All-RMAC First Team Offense) – Started all 11 games at center … CoSIDA Academic All-District … Academic All-RMAC First Team2015 All-RMAC First Team.

Ty McCulley (All-RMAC First Team Offense) – Started all 11 games at left tackle.

O-Line Bio: The Pack offensive line guided the Pack to 195.8 yards rushing per game, despite missing their top running back for more than half the season … Finished the regular season No. 14 in NCAA Division II in least tackles for loss allowed (4.36) … Quarterback Rex Dausin started nine games and threw at a 60.5 percentage … The Pack scored eight rushing touchdowns against New Mexico Highlands to tie program best since the 2008 restart and rank tied for third most in NCAA Division II this season … CSU-Pueblo rushed for 394 yards and totaled 645 yards against Adams State.

Brandon Payer (All-RMAC First Team Defense) – Started all 11 games at inside linebacker … Totaled 103 tackles (40 solo) to lead the team and tie for second in the RMAC … His 100-plus tackle season marks the fourth time since 2008 a member of the Pack has reached that plateau … He compiled 10.5 tackles for loss (-19 yards) to rank tied for sixth in the conference … Forced three fumbles to tie for the second most in the RMAC … Added four break-ups and an interception (returned four yards) … Named RMAC Defensive Player of the Week twice … Academic All-RMAC First Team.

Samuel Singleton (All-RMAC First Team Defense) – Started 10 games at inside linebacker … Finished third on the team in tackles with 68 (25 solo) with 6.0 tackles for loss (-14 yards) … Added two pass break-ups and forced a fumble … All-RMAC First Team in 2015.

Darius Williams (All-RMAC First Team Defense) – Played in all 11 and started 10 games at cornerback ... Compiled 46 tackles (23 solo) with 3.0 tackles for loss (-14 yards) and sack (-10 yards) … Guided the Pack and ranked tied for third in the RMAC with 12 pass break-ups … Totaled two interceptions, which included a 53 yard return for a touchdown … Recovered one fumble … 2015 RMAC Defensive Freshman of the Year2015 All-RMAC First Team.

SECOND TEAM BIOS

Joseph Jones (All-RMAC Second Team Defense) – Started all 11 games at safety … Compiled 55 tackles (20 solo) to rank fourth on the team … Recorded three interceptions, which included an 82-yard return for the touchdown in the season finale … Totaled five pass break-ups and a tackle for loss (-1 yards) … 2015 All-RMAC First Team.

Ian Kelly (All-RMAC Second Team Defense) – Started all 11 games on the defensive line … Led the line in tackles with 34 (five solo), which included seven tackles for loss (-18 yards) … Added 1.5 sacks (-7 yards) with a pass break-up.

Ryan Merrill (All-RMAC Second Team Defense) – Played in all 11 games and earned the starting role at outside linebacker for the final nine games of the season … Totaled 86 tackles (32 solo) with a team-best 11.5 tackles for loss (-28 yards), which ranked tied for fourth in the RMAC … His three sacks (-12 yards) was second on the Pack … Added an interception.

LaRon Tarkington (All-RMAC Second Team Defense) – Started all 11 games at safety … Totaled 46 tackles (23 solo) with 4.5 tackles for loss (-8 yards), which was the most by any player in the secondary … Pulled down three interceptions (22 return yards) to tie for the team lead and returned one to the house (22 yards) … Finished second on the team with eight pass break-ups, which tied for seventh in the RMAC … All-RMAC Honorable Mention in 2014.

Daniel Wise (All-RMAC Second Team Punt Returner/Honorable Mention Kick Returner) – Played in all nine games and started nine at wide receiver … On 19 punt returns he totaled 301 yards to average 15.8 yards per return, which ranked 12th nationally … His long return went for 80 yards … On 13 kick returns he compiled 382 yards to average 29.4 yards per return … His long went for 58 yards … The 683 combined kick return yards ranked 36th in NCAA Division II at the end of the regular season … Finished with 21 receptions (third on team) for 350 yards (second on team) and four touchdowns (tied for first on team) … He averaged 16.7 yards per catch, 31.8 yards per game and his long went for 47 yards.

HONORABLE MENTION BIOS

Keith Hed (All-RMAC Honorable Mention) – Started all 11 games at right tackle.

O-Line Bio: The Pack offensive line guided the Pack to 195.8 yards rushing per game, despite missing their top running back for more than half the season … Finished the regular season No. 14 in NCAA Division II in least tackles for loss allowed (4.36) … Quarterback Rex Dausin started nine games and threw at a 60.5 percentage … The Pack scored eight rushing touchdowns against New Mexico Highlands to tie program best since the 2008 restart and rank tied for third most in NCAA Division II this season … CSU-Pueblo rushed for 394 yards and totaled 645 yards against Adams State.

Nathan Taylor (All-RMAC Honorable Mention) – The true freshman led the team in scoring with 65 points … Totaled nine field goals and went 9-for-13, a 69.2 percentage that finished second in the RMAC … His nine field goals was also second in the league … Finished third among league kickers in scoring and was 38-for-42 (90.5) on extra point attempts … Totaled 4,034 yards on 66 kickoffs to average 61.1 yards per kick … Recorded 22 touchbacks and helped the Pack kickoff return team rank fourth in the league (19.5 ypr).

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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.