Seven selected to the NFFCC All-Colorado Team

Seven selected to the NFFCC All-Colorado Team


DURANGO, Colo. (December 17, 2016) - The National Football Foundation Colorado Chapter announced its 2016 All-Colorado Team Friday and in the process recognized seven members of the Colorado State University-Pueblo football team.

Honored as NFFCC All-Colorado First Team Offense was junior tight end Zach Boyd (Fort Lupton, Colo.) and junior center Corbin Feenstra (Superior, Colo.). Sophomore inside linebacker Brandon Payer (Pine, Colo.) was named NFFCC All-Colorado First Team Defense.

Named to the second team were Ty McCulley (Jr., Pueblo, Colo.), Samuel Singleton (Sr., LB, Denver, Colo.), LaRon Tarkington (Sr., S, Phoenix, Ariz.) and Darius Williams (So., CB, Gilbert, Ariz.).

The seven selections was the second most among the 10 NCAA Division I and Division II football program in Colorado. The University of Colorado had 13.

NFFCC board members and the sports information directors from the 10 institutions in Colorado voted on the 2016 All-Colorado teams.

The ThunderWolves finished 8-3 in 2016 and went 8-2 in league play to earn a share of the 2016 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship.


Zach Boyd (First Team Offense) – 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 (First Team Offense) – All-RMAC First Team Defense ... Started all 11 games at center … CoSIDA Academic All-District … CoSIDA Academic All-America ... RMAC Summit Award Winner ... Academic All-RMAC First Team2015 All-RMAC First Team.

Ty McCulley (Second Team Offense) – All-RMAC First Team Defense ... 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 (First Team Defense) – 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 (Second Team Defense) – All-RMAC Second 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.

LaRon Tarkington (Second Team Defense) – 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.

Darius Williams (Second Team Defense) – 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 Year … 2015 All-RMAC First Team.