Brad Davis of Elizabeth City State University and Tyron
Laughinghouse of St. Augustine's University have been named to the
2012 American Football Coaches' Division II All-America Team.
Davis and Laughinghouse are the only two representatives from the
CIAA to make the AFCA team.
This marks the first time in ECSU school history that the AFCA has named a member of the Viking squad to their All-America Team. Laughinghouse joins former defensive star Marcus Kennedy as the only Falcons ever to make the AFCA All-America team. Kennedy, a defensive tackle, was named to the squad in 2008.
Davis recently wrapped his career at ECSU as a two-time All-CIAA performer for the Vikings as a defensive end. This past season he ranked 4th in the nation is sacks with 15.5 for a total loss of 111 yards. He also ranked 7th in NCAA Division II in both tackles for loss (25.5 for 142 yards) and forced fumbles.
In the 2012 CIAA Football Championship he earned game Defensive
MVP honors with 7 tackles, including 4 first quarter sacks and a
forced fumble he recovered for a touchdown.
Last month he was named to the Daktronics All-American Second Team.
Laughinghouse earned All-America honors as an all-purpose player. He is the NCAA Division II leader in kick return average (40.1 yards per return) and kick return touchdowns (3), which is one short of the Division II season record. Laughinghouse also ranks ninth in Division II in punt return average (15.33) with one punt return for a score this season. Teams repeatedly kicked or punted away from Laughinghouse in fear of a long return. An explosive dual threat, Laughinghouse caught 59 passes for 801 yards and 12 touchdowns at wide receiver for the Falcons this season. He led the Falcons to a 6-4 overall record which is their second winning mark in three seasons. His 16 touchdowns and 96 points lead the CIAA.
Laughinghouse has made two All-America teams in 2012. Last week, he was named first-team All-America kick returner and Division II National Special Teams Player of the Year by Beyond Sports Network.
This is the eighth postseason honor for Laughinghouse this
season. Last week, he was named Daktronics All-Super Region 1 first
team return specialist and second team wide receiver. He was the
only player selected All-Super Region 1 at two positions. Last
month, Laughinghouse was named CIAA Special Teams Player of the
Year in addition to making the All-CIAA first team as a kick
returner and wide receiver. He also made the All-CIAA second team
as a punt returner.
Laughinghouse finished his career with 139 catches for 2,286 yards and 32 touchdown receptions which are all school records. He also averaged 29.3 yards per kickoff return and 13.7 yards per punt return in his four-year career. He scored six career touchdowns on special teams including three on kickoff returns and three on punt returns.