Three Co-Lin players receive NJCAA All-Region honors

Published 6:00 am Monday, November 16, 2009

WESSON – Three members of the Copiah-Lincoln Community Collegefootball team have been selected to the 2009 National JuniorCollege Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Region XXIII Team.

Selected to the team are center Darion Smith of Brookhaven,punter Tyler Fitzgerald of Florence and defensive back DequanMenzie of Columbus, Ga.

Smith (6-2, 260), Brookhaven High School product, has been a2-year starter for the Wolfpack.

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Fitzgerald (6-2, 230), a Simpson County Academy product, wasthird in the league in punting with a 38.8-yard average. Hislongest punt of the season was 61 yards. He was named to the MACJCSecond Team All-State his freshman season.

Menzie was a 2-year defensive starter for Coach Glenn Davis’Wolfpack. He was selected a NJCAA Pre-Season Second TeamAll-American selection. Menzie had 51 tackles (36 solo, 15 assists)and 1 interception this season. A versatile athlete, Menziereturned punts and scored a touchdown on a fake punt this season.He was a MACJC Second Team All-State player his freshmanseason.

The Wolfpack, coached by Glenn Davis, finished the 2009 seasonwith a 6-3 overall record, 4-2 in the South Division.