Tennessee State University linebacker Rico Council was named Boxtorow HBCU Football All-American, while defensive back Joseph Wylie garnered Honorable Mention status as announced on Wednesday.
Council, a senior for the Tigers, was named the 2011 Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year. In 11 games the Chattanooga product netted 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).
Wylie, a native Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 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.
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).
Council and Wylie will join four others in the HBCU All-Star Bowl on Dec. 18 in Atlanta. John Jones, Jr., Calvin McNairl, Donte'e Nicholls and Dante' Thomas will also participate in the third annual contest.
The Boxtorow Offensive, Willie Davis Defensive, Coach and Rookie of the Year awards as well as Boxtorow Media and Coaches HBCU Football National Champions will be announced and presented next week at the Boxtorow HBCU All-Star Gala Banquet on Friday, December 16 at the Westin Peachtree Hotel in downtown Atlanta beginning at 7:30 p.m. The banquet will feature NFL Hall of Famer Darrell Green and will be emceed by Steve Wyche of NFL.com and NFL Network.
FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW (Boxtorow) is the nationally syndicated sports talk radio show which places major emphasis on HBCU Sports. The All-American team is in its fifth year and the voters are comprised of some of the top media members in the country who cover HBCU football.
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