Dec 10, 2012
Football standout Tyron Laughinghouse (Sr./Greenville, N.C.) of Saint Augustine’s University was selected to the 2012 AFCA Division II Coaches’ All-America Team, which was announced Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, by the American Football Coaches Association.
Laughinghouse joins former defensive star Marcus Kennedy as the only Falcons ever to make the AFCA All-America team. Kennedy, a defensive tackle, was named to the squad in 2008.
Laughinghouse earned All-America honors as an all-purpose player. He is the NCAA Division II leader in kick return average (40.1 yards per return) and kick return touchdowns (3), which is one short of the Division II season record. 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. His 16 touchdowns and 96 points lead the CIAA.
Laughinghouse has made two All-America teams in 2012. Last week, he was named first-team All-America kick returner and Division II National Special Teams Player of the Year by Beyond Sports Network.
This is the eighth postseason honor for Laughinghouse this season. Last week, he was named Daktronics 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.
Laughinghouse 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.