TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2012
Davis running up preseason accolades
Three Jacksonville University players, one on offense and two on defense, have been named to the first team All-Pioneer Football League team announced by the league Monday.
Tight end Quintin Davis (Jacksonville, Fla.), whose name has shown up on several preseason teams, joins defensive lineman Mike Mayoral (St. Augustine, Fla.) and junior defensive back Schon Thomas (Dunbar, Fla.) on the PFL’s top team.
Davis, a senior, averaged 32.7 yards per game last season on 19 catches for 360 yards and six touchdowns. Mayoral, also a senior, was sixth on the team in tackles with 38, including eight tackles for losses, had 6.5 sacks and one interception. Thomas had 29 tackles, one interception and was credited with 10 pass breakups.
Davis also has been placed on the College Football Performance Awards Tight End Watch List and picked up preseason accolades from Phil Steele football as a first team All-PFL selection and he has been named to the third team All-American team by Beyond Sports Network.
Thomas, too, is on the Phil Steele All-PFL first team while Mayoral is on the CFPA Defensive Tackle Watch List and was named to both the Steele second team and the Sports Madness All-PFL second team.
Kick returner and defensive back Colby Walden (Tampa, Fla.) has been named to the Steele and Sports Madness first teams, the Beyond Sports Network national third team and is on the CFPA Kick Returner Watch List. Walden was among the nation’s leaders in kick returns last season as he had 27 returns for 711 yards and a 93-yard touchdown return against Charleston Southern.
Defensive lineman Luidji Michel (Miami, Fla.) joins Mayoral on the Steele and Sports Madness second teams while defensive lineman Juan Pimienta (Apopka, Fla.) is on the Steele second team and Sports Madness third team. Defensive lineman T.J. Jenkins (Darian, Ga.) also is on the Sports Madness third team.
Punt returner D’Andre Randle (Miami, Fla.) is on the CFPA Punt Returner Watch List.
“We’re very happy all of these players have been recognized by the organizations,’’ coach Kerwin Bell said. “We are counting on every one of them heavily this season.’’
The Dolphins open practice next week and the season Sept. 1 at Georgia Southern.
- Jim Nasella