Trent Mackey (pictured) and Orleans Darkwa were named to the All-Louisiana first team, while Dezman Moses was tabbed to the second team.
Dec. 28, 2011
New Orleans - Three Tulane football players added more accolades to their resume as sophomore running back Orleans Darkwa, junior middle linebacker Trent Mackey and senior defensive end Dezman Moses were selected to the 2011 All-Louisiana College Football Team announced by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA).
All three players are repeat selections to the all-state team. Mackey is a two-time first team honoree, while Darkwa earned first team accolades for the first time after receiving second team merits last season. Moses, who was a third team selection a year ago, was named to the second team this year.
A native of Port Sulphur, La. and All-Conference USA first team performer, Mackey started 12 games and was one of the nation's top defenders. He ranks third nationally and tops among Conference USA and Louisiana players with 145 tackles (96 solo) and tackles per game (12.08). He also ranks fifth in C-USA for tackles for lost yardage (14) and 11th with 4.5 sacks. Mackey finished with double figure tackles in eight games this past season
His tackle total this season is the most by a TU player since 1983...posted a career-high 18 tackles (16 solo) vs. Syracuse on Oct. 8. He also added 14 stops for lost yardage, 4.5 sacks, one interception, which he returned 39 yards for a touchdown at UAB, forced one fumble and caught a 3-yard touchdown pass against Southeastern Louisiana in the season opener.
An All C-USA second team selection, Darkwa rushed for 924 yards on 201 attempts (4.4 avg.) and finished the season with 13 touchdowns. He also led the team with 37 receptions for 305 yards and concluded the year ranked second on the team with 1,229 all-purpose yards.
Darkwa, who hails from Nashville, Tenn., started 11 of 13 games and led the state in rushing touchdowns and total rushing yards and was second in rushing yards per game. He ranks fourth in C-USA in rushing yards per game (71.1), tied for sixth in points (via TD) per game (5.5) and led the team in rushing attempts, rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and points and was second in all-purpose yards and total offense (958).
Darkwa became the first Tulane player to lead the team in rushing and receptions in the same season since Mewelde Moore pulled off the feat in 2001 and 2002, and Darkwa is just the fourth running back to lead the team in rushing and receptions in a single season since 1945.
Moses, an All C-USA second team performer, started all 13 games and finished the season with 52 tackles, including 12 stops for lost yardage and 9.5 sacks, along with three forced fumbles, five pass break-ups and seven hurries.
Moses ranks third among C-USA players and 17th nationally in sacks and ranks fourth in C-USA in sacks per game (0.71) and 10th in tackles for loss per game (0.92). The Willingboro, N.J., native logged at least a half sack in seven games and had multiple sack games three times. Moses recorded 15.5 sacks in two seasons, which ranks fifth among Tulane's career leaders, and his sack total in 2011 ranks third all-time.