Pair of Tigers Earn More All-American Recognition
Monday, December 19, 2011
Pair of Tigers Earn More All-American Recognition
Tennessee State's Rico Council and Joseph Wylie continue to garner post-season accolades as they earned another All-American honor on Monday.

Council, a native of Chattanooga, picked up two honors on Monday. The 2011 Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year was named a Dr. Cavil's HBCU Black College Football All-American. He also garnered third team Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) All-American honors from the Sports Network/

In 11 games the linebacker collected 87 tackles (50 solo), 8.0 tackles-for-loss, 3.5 sacks, one interception, five pass breakups, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. He had 12 tackles in a game at Eastern Kentucky, 11 against Jackson State and 10 against each Murray State and UT Martin.

Council finished his four-year career with 295 tackles, which was second in TSU history behind only his head coach, Rod Reed (who had 406 stops at TSU from 1985-88). Earlier this month, Council was named a Boxtorow HBCU All-American.

Wylie also earned All-American honors from Dr. Cavil as a cornerback. A native Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Wylie had 66 tackles, an interception that he returned 59 yards for a touchdown and a forced fumble in 2011. The senior was named first team defense All-OVC for 2011 and earned Boxtorow Honorable Mention All-American status.

Both Council and Wylie were participants in the HBCU All-Star Bowl that was held at the Georgia Dome on Sunday afternoon.

"Rico and Joseph are very deserving of these honors," said TSU Head Football Coach Rod Reed. "They put forth a lot of effort all season and now they are being rewarded for their successes. I wish them the best as they step forward in the next stage of their lives."

The play of the two seniors helped Tennessee State, who was winless in OVC play last year, to a 4-4 Conference mark this season, which tied the team for fifth place in the OVC (after being picked eighth), and the Sgt. York Championship (contested between the four OVC schools from the state of Tennessee).