|The CI: St. Aug’s standout all-star caliber|
|Laughinghouse makes mark in classic|
|Published Thursday, January 24, 2013 7:14 am|
Tyron Laughinghouse proved he can play with the big boys.
St. Augustine’s All-American receiver caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Perdue’s Robert Marve in the Raycom College Football All-Star Classic Jan. 19 in Montgomery, Ala. Laughinghouse’s Stripes team beat the Stars 31-3.
The Raycom Classic, which was broadcast on CBS Sports Network, included players from Division I, II and NAIA and five from FCS national champion Alabama played on the Stripes squad.
“I was happy to be on TV and score a touchdown,” said Laughinghouse, a Greenville, N.C., native. “Me being from a D-II school, I was happy to play with and against D-I players.”
The touchdown was Laughinghouse’s second catch in the game. He earlier caught a 14-yarder.
“Both of my catches were on comeback routes,” he said. “The first catch I believe was on a Clemson (defensive back) and the touchdown catch on a Lane DB.”
Laughinghouse also covered kicks – something he didn’t do at St. Augustine’s where he led the nation in Division II in kick return yards per game (40.1) and touchdowns (three) in 2012. He had a tackle, but didn’t get to run back a kick.
“I was third on the depth chart and didn’t get the chance to return a kick,” he said.
Although he played at a Division II school, Laughinghouse contend the talent gap isn’t as great as some might perceive. The MVP was Division II Missouri Western running back Michael Hill.
“There’s not much difference between Division II and Division I players,” Laughinghouse said. “After playing this game, I still feel like (St. Augustine’s) receiving corps was one of the best in the nation.”
• Fayetteville State forward Tyrrel Tate is the CIAA men’s basketball player of the week. The junior from Raleigh averaged 25.5 points per game last week while pulling down 9.5 rebounds. His 16 points and 11 rebounds against Johnson C. Smith was his 13th double-double in 16 games.
• St. Augustine’s guard Percy Woods was named newcomer of the week after averaging 18.5 points per game and shooting 54.5 percent from the floor. Woods was especially effective in the Falcons’ 63-61 win against No. 11 Winston-Salem State on Jan. 19, connecting on 4-of-7 three-point shots and nailing three 3-of-4 free throws in the final minute.
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