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Richardson and Lilly Earn BSN All-America Honors

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Junior cornerback Riyahd Richardson and junior linebacker Jake Lilly were both recognized as first team All-Americans by the Beyond Sports College Network Wednesday when the organization released its 2012 BSN All-America Team.

The award is the first postseason All-America achievement for both players and can be added to the growing list of end of the year recognition Lilly and Richardson have received. Both players have already been tabbed first team all-region and first team All-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference performers in addition to Lilly being named the WVIAC Defensive Player of the Year.

Lilly led the WVIAC 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 enters his senior season ranked fifth for the Mountain Lions in career tackles.

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.

Richardson is tied for the most pass break-ups (39) in Concord history while also ranking third in career interceptions (10).

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.

Richardson and Lilly were named Beyond Sports Network's Preseason All-America team prior to the start of the season.