JACKSON, Mississippi – Three members of the Jackson State football team were named Boxtorow All-Americans. Senior wide receiver Rico Richardson, senior defensive end Joseph LeBeau and junior cornerback Qua Cox were all recognized by the organization.
Richardson led the receivers unit, after posting one of the best single season performances in JSU receiving history. Richardson, the SWAC’s Offensive Player of the Year, led the SWAC in receiving yards (1,153) and receiving yards per game (96.1). He caught 60 passes, averaged 19.2 yards per receptions and had 11 receiving touchdowns. He became only the fifth Tiger to record over 1,000 receiving yards in a single season.
LeBeau, who graduated Magna Cume Laude on the Friday before the SWAC championship game, makes his second All-America team since the end of the season. LeBeau was third in the SWAC and the nation with 23.5 tackles and second in the SWAC in sacks (10.5), while registering 66 tackles (45 solo). The New Orleans, Louisiana native is a winner on the gridiron and in the class room. He had a jam-packed schedule last summer to ensure he graduated in December. LeBeau attended both summer sessions, taking the maximum number of hours in preparation for the 2012 football season.
Cox rounds out the JSU selections on the list. Cox led the SWAC in interceptions (5), recorded eight pass breakups, was second in the SWAC in passes defended (13), had 50 tackles (37 solo), five tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.
Both Richardson and Cox are on schedule to graduate from JSU.
Boxtorow has selected an All-America team since 2007 and the voters are media members from around the nation that cover HBCU football.