By Tyler McIntosh
For The Fayette Tribune
BROOKFIELD, Ill. —
Four members of the Concord University football team were named to the 2013 Don Hansen Football Gazette All-Super Region One Team, the organization announced Monday.
Senior safety Davon Marion earned first team honors, while senior linebacker Jake Lilly received second team recognition and junior offensive lineman Rustin Mayorga and sophomore punter Andrew Huska were named to the third team.
Marion, a Mount Hope High School product, started all 11 games in 2013, recording 63 tackles, six tackles for loss and a career-high five interceptions. A three-time all-conference selection, Marion was a constant big-play threat who totaled 100 return yards off of his five picks and made at least five tackles in a game on seven occasions. For his career, Marion played in 32 games for the Mountain Lions and leaves Concord ranked fifth in career interceptions (10), sixth in passes defended (19) and ninth in tackles (207).
Lilly started all 11 games en route to leading Concord in tackles for a third consecutive season after making 118 stops in addition to five forced fumbles, seven tackles for loss and one interception. Lilly made at least 10 tackles in eight games. He ranked fourth in the nation in forced fumbles and 21st in total tackles. Lilly's name can also be found throughout CU's career record book as he ends his Mountain Lion career ranked first in forced fumbles, second in tackles and sixth in tackles for loss.
In his first season at Concord, Mayorga was a key cog in an offensive line that allowed just 12 sacks and paved the way for the fourth-best rushing attack in the conference.
Huska was arguably the Mountain East Conference’s top special teams weapon in 2013. He not only averaged a league-high 41.5 yards per punt to go with 15 punts inside the 20 and 13 punts of at least 50 yards, but he also led the conference with 30 touchbacks on kickoffs.
Concord finished its season 8-3 overall and 7-2 in league play. The Mountain Lions, which have recorded five straight winning seasons, are slated to return 18 starters from this year’s squad in 2014.
Bloomsburg’s Franklyn Quiteh was named the region’s offensive player of the year, Jake Metz of Shippensburg was highlighted as the defensive player of the year and Shepherd’s C.J. Davis was selected as the special teams player of the year. Also receiving individual awards were New Haven’s Najae Brown, who was named the region’s freshman of the year, and Bill Zwaan of West Chester, who was tabbed the coach of the year.
Super Region One is compiled of universities from four conferences, including the PSAC, MEC, NE10 and the CIAA. A total of 40 teams and 130 players are represented on the team.
(McIntosh is the Concord Universitysports information director.)