By MYLO ERICKSON
Three Pima Community College players received recognition when the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference released its selections for All-ACCAC teams on Nov. 14.
Sophomore defensive back Darius Kelly and offensive lineman Maurice Chavis made the all-conference first team. Freshman wide receiver Denzel Jones was named to the All-ACCAC second team.
Head coach Patrick Nugent was proud of his players.
“This is an unbelievable football league,” Nugent said. “To get an honor like this as the last-place team is pretty special.”
All three student-athletes played high school football in Southern Arizona.
During the 2012 Pima season, Kelly rushed for 72 yards on nine carries with one touchdown run. On the defensive side, he led the team with 55 tackles, three forced fumbles, three fumble returns and one interception. He also broke up three pass plays.
“I’m glad I received it and I hope I inspired or impacted someone’s life this season,” Kelly said. “That’s really what it’s all about, impacting on and off the field.”
Kelly has verbally committed to Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., but has also received interest from Syracuse University and the University of Arizona.
After Kelly found out about Pima players making the All-ACCAC team, he called up Chavis to tell him, “We made it! We made first team.”
“At first I couldn’t believe it,” Chavis said. “The feeling was great. I felt like I achieved something at Pima.”
Chavis had 26 tackles and two sacks this season. He declined to divulge his university options, saying only that they are all out-of-state offers.
Jones had 34 catches for 514 yards this season.
“It was a good feeling when I found out,” Jones said of his second-team honor. “We didn’t really have a good season, so I didn’t expect to be selected for anything.”
Jones is not sure if he will return to Pima next year.
The football team finished the 2012 season with a 1-10 record.