Nine ECU Tigers Earns All-GAC Football Honors

A total of nine East Central University football student-athletes earned 2013 All-Great American Conference team honors, as voted on by the league’s head coaches.

Junior Qumain Black (CB) and senior Fred Gaines (S) led the honorees for the Tigers, as both were named the first team. Seniors Caleb Holley (WR), Travis Hening (OL) and Alex King (DE) and junior JuJu Turituri (DT) were all named to the second team. ECU also saw juniors Michael Allen (UT) and Kellan Taeatafa-DeLaRosa and senior Charles Ramsey (DT) earn honorable mention honors.

Black finished the season with 15.5 total tackles (9-13), one tackle-for-loss, one fumble recovery, three interceptions, one defensive touchdown and six pass breakups. The Ada, Okla., native recorded two of his interceptions in the opening game of the season against Arkansas-Monticello and returned one for an 80-yard touchdown.

Gaines had a strong season, recording 54.5 (42-25) total tackles, six TFL, two interceptions and five pass breakups. The Fresno, Calif., native had his best game of the year at Harding (Nov. 9) when his garnered 13.5 (11-5) total tackles, including five TFL (10 yards).

Holley set three records for the Tigers during the course of the season, including the single season receiving yards record. Holley tallied a total of 970 yards, which surpassed the 930 by Chris Barnes in 2001. The Anchorage, Alaska, native also set the record for the single game receiving yards against Southern Nazarene (Oct. 5) with 224.

Hening was a strong force on the offensive line for the Tigers, who tallied 37 touchdowns and went 35-of-41 in the red zone for the season.

King made a name for himself on the defensive line ECU, earning Defensive Player of the Week honors during the course of the season. The Rancho Cordova, Calif., native finished the season with 46.5 (30-33) total tackles, 14.5 TFL, seven sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, four quarterback hurries and two pass breakups. King had an outstanding game against Southwestern Oklahoma State (Oct. 26), with 12.5 total tackles (11-3), 5.5 TFL and two sacks.

JuJu Turituri was also a forced on defense for the Tigers. The San Jose, Calif., native tallied 21 (11-20) total tackles, 10 TFL and six sacks for 40 yards during the season. He also registered three quarterback hurries and one pass breakup.

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