Two East Central University football players have been named to the 2013 USA College Football Pre-Season Division II All-America teams. Senior Fred Gaines was a defense first team pick, while junior Qumain Black was a defensive honorable mention selection.
Gaines, who is also a 2013 Beyond Sports Network Pre-Season All-America Second Team pick, had a strong junior season for the Tigers in 2012. The safety was a 2012 Daktronics Super Region #3 Second Team Defensive selection after leading the Tigers and the Great American Conference with seven interceptions, for 80 yards. He also added 63 (46-17) tackles and three pass break-ups in 2012.
Gaines was also honored as an All-GAC First Team Selection as a safety in 2012. The Fresno, Calif., native is one of nine players from the GAC honored by Beyond Sports Network.
Black was also a strong defensive presence for ECU as a sophomore in 2012. The All-GAC Honorable Mention tallied 51 total tackles (30-21), two tackles-for-loss, five pass breakups and two forced fumbles. One on his forced fumbles resulted in a recovery and touchdown for 35 yards. The defensive back also added three interceptions for 29 yards and returned six kickoffs for 119 yards.
ECU will open the 2013 season at Norris Field for the first time since the 2006 season, Sept. 7 against Arkansas-Monticello on the new turf installed in the Spring.