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Concord's Lilly, Richardson Earn Daktronics All-Region Honors

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Postseason accolades continued to roll in for Concord University football defensive standouts Jake Lilly and Riyahd Richardson Thursday as the duo was named to the 2012 Daktronics, Inc., Division II All-Super Region 1 Team.

Lilly, a junior, earned first team honors and tied Seton Hill's Tyler Zimmer as the top vote recipient of any linebacker in the region. Richardson, a junior cornerback, was a second-team honoree.

Lilly, the 2012 West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, led the conference in tackles for the second consecutive season. He finished the year with 126 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, 0.5 sacks and six pass break-ups. The Bluefield, W. Va. native ranks fourth in Division II in tackles per game (11.45), fifth in solo tackles per game and 81st in tackles for loss per game (1.18). Lilly registered at least 10 tackles in a game seven times this season including a season-best 18 stops at Liberty.

His single-season tackle total was the third-highest in Concord history. A two-time All-WVIAC selection, Lilly is now eligible to earn Daktronics All-America honors.

Richardson was the definition of a shutdown cornerback for the Mountain Lions in 2012. For the season, Richardson totaled team-highs of five interceptions and 13 pass break-ups to go with 28 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

A native of Duncan, S. C., Richardson intercepted passes in five of Concord's final six games of the season and returned a blocked extra point attempt for two points in CU's win at West Virginia State. He is tied for 14th in the nation in interceptions per game (0.50) and leads the WVIAC in INT's and passes defended. Like Lilly, Richardson was named to the All-WVIAC first team for his efforts this season.

The junior standouts led a CU defense that ranked 14th in the nation in total defense, 11th in scoring defense and seventh in passing defense last season. Concord closed out the year by winning its final three games to finish with a 7-4 overall record and 6-2 mark in the WVIAC.

Both players were named to the Beyond Sports Network's Preseason All-America team prior to the start of the season.

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.

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