Four Vikings voted to All-CIAA Football First Team
April Emory November 14, 2012
Northern Division Champions Place Two on Offense, Defense
Four members of the Elizabeth City State University football team have been named
to the 2012 All-CIAA Team.
All-Americans Daronte McNeill and Brad Davis along with All-American Candidate Nigel
Rios repeat as First Team honorees while offensive lineman Vincent Maene lands on
the All-CIAA Team for the first time.
In his first season with the Vikings, Vincent Maene led an offensive line that helped
McNeill capture his third consecutive 1,000 yard rushing season.
McNeill, ECSU's all-time leading rusher, became the first Viking to rush for over
1,000 yards in three straight seasons. He broke his own school records for individual
carries in a game with 44 (Bowie State 11/3/12) and touchdown in a game with 6 against
Lincoln University on October 13th. To date he has net 4,689 yards and owns a combined
16 CIAA and ECSU records.
For the Viking defense, senior defensive lineman Brad Davis and junior cornerback
Nigel Rios both make the All-CIAA Defensive First Team for the second straight season.
Davis, who earned All-America second team honors in 2011, led the Vikings in sacks
this season with 11.5 and was first in tackles for loss with 19.5 for a loss of 109
Rios has made a case for All-American honors this season as the Vikings' leading tackler
with 69 (53 solo). He was a four time CIAA Defensive Back of the Week in 2012 also
had 4 blocked kicks, 2 fumble recoveries for 60 yards, a 96 yard interception returned
for a touchdown and a scored a defensive two points in ECSU's two point win over Saint
Augustine's on September 29th.
On Saturday, Davis showed CIAA fans why he is worthy of his place on the All CIAA
Football First Team. He was tabbed as the Championship's Defensive MVP. For more details
on the championship football game, see: http://www.ecsuvikings.com/sports/m-footbl/recaps/111012aaa.html