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Laughinghouse named BSN Division II National Special Teams Player of the Year

Posted December 5, 2012

Tyron Laughinghouse (Sr./Greenville, N.C.) of Saint Augustine’s University was named 2012 Division II National Special Teams Player of the Year by Beyond Sports Network on Wednesday. He was also chosen to the BSN All-America first team as a kick returner.

“I am grateful to be recognized for such an honor,” Laughinghouse said. “I would like to thank my teammates, [Head] Coach [Michael] Costa and his staff including Coach [William] Frizzelle, my special teams coach who is from my hometown. I wouldn’t have won this award without them.”

Laughinghouse is the NCAA Division II leader in kick return average (40.1 yards per return). He scored three touchdowns on kick returns which also led the nation and was one short of the NCAA Division II mark. Laughinghouse also ranks ninth in Division II in punt return average (15.33) with one punt return for a score this season. Teams repeatedly kicked or punted away from Laughinghouse in fear of a long return.

An explosive dual threat, Laughinghouse caught 59 passes for 801 yards and 12 touchdowns at wide receiver for the Falcons this season. He led the Falcons to a 6-4 overall record which is their second winning mark in three seasons.

This is the seventh postseason accolade for Laughinghouse this season. Last week, he was named All-Super Region 1 first team return specialist and second team wide receiver. He was the only player selected All-Super Region 1 at two positions. Last month, Laughinghouse was named CIAA Special Teams Player of the Year in addition to making the All-CIAA first team as a kick returner and wide receiver. He also made the All-CIAA second team as a punt returner. On Sunday, Dec. 9, Laughinghouse will play in the National Bowl Game, which is an all-star football contest featuring players from the Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III and NAIA schools.

Laughinghouse leads the CIAA in touchdowns (16) and points (96). He finished his career with 139 catches for 2,286 yards and 32 touchdown receptions which are all school records. He also averaged 29.3 yards per kickoff return and 13.7 yards per punt return in his four-year career. He scored six career touchdowns on special teams including three on kickoff returns and three on punt returns.
 

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