By Tyler McIntosh
For The Tribune
The Concord University football team landed two players on the Daktronics Inc. All-Super Region 1 Team Thursday when senior safety Davon Marion earned first-team honors and senior linebacker Jake Lilly received second-team accolades.
Marion and Lilly concluded their Mountain Lion careers with outstanding senior seasons, leaving Concord as two of the top defensive players to ever play in Athens. The duo co-anchored a defense that ranked third in the nation in total defense, third in scoring defense, third in third-down defense and fourth in passing yards allowed.
Marion 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, he 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.
As a first-team honoree, Marion is now eligible to earn All-America accolades later in the offseason.
Bloomsburg University running back Franklyn Quiteh was named the Super Region 1 Offensive Player of the Year while defensive lineman Jake Metz of Shippensburg earned SR1 Defensive Player of the Year honors.
The Daktronics All-Region team is nominated for and voted on by the sports information directors of football-playing institutions in the region. The team is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition.
Concord finished its season 8-3 overall and 7-2 in league play. The Mountain Lions, who have recorded five straight winning seasons, are slated to return 18 starters from this year's squad in 2014.
(McIntosh is the Concord sports information director.)