Tuskegee senior running back Derrick Washington wrapped up his banner season as the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year was named to the 2012 Daktronics All-American Team.
The senior running back was named to the 2nd Team Offense on the All-American Team voted by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America.
Playing his only season at Tuskegee, Washington, a senior running back from Raymore, Mo., led the SIAC with 1,682 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns on way to leading the Golden Tigers to a 10-2 record and SIAC Football Championship.
The transfer from the University of Missouri was named Daktronics South Region Offensive Player of the Year and was also finalist for the Harlon-Hill Trophy, awarded to the most outstanding football player in Division II.
Shippensburg junior quarterback Zach Zulli and West Texas A&M junior defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks highlight the 2012 Daktronics All America squad as Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year respectively.
Zulli quarterbacked NCAA Division II’s top-ranked offense to its first playoff win in 21 seasons and re-authored the Shippensburg record book. The 6-2, 188-pounder from Schwenksville, Pa. needed just two full seasons at signal caller to break three career marks while break seven school season standards and snapping six single game records.
Zulli set a NCAA Division II marks as the all-time record holder for points and touchdowns responsible for in a season with 344 and 57, respectively. Both marks were previously set by two-time Harlon Hill awardee Dusty Bonner of Valdosta State (Ga.) in 2000.
Zulli leads all divisions of college football with 54 touchdown passes while passing for 4,747 yards.
Westbrooks spearheaded the top pass rush in NCAA Division II while leading West Texas A&M to its deepest playoff run in school history as the Buffs rolled to the national semifinals.
The 6-4, 275-pound defensive lineman from San Leandro, Cailf. earned the Lone Star Conference’s J.V. Sykes Defensive Player of the Year honors finishing the season with 19.5 sacks and 28 tackles for loss.
Westbrooks also accounted for 60 total tackles with 19 quarterback hurries while forcing three fumbles.