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Football Places 6 On SCFA All-NSC Teams
Despite a 4-6 season, the Pasadena City College football team was given respect among conference coaches as six Lancers were selected to the just-released SCFA 2010 All-National Southern Conference First and Second Teams.
On the All-NSC First Team Defense, sophomore transfer safety Omar Smith, frosh defensive end Charles Tua'au, and freshman linebacker Kimball Niumatalolo were selected. Both Smith and Tua'au were unanimous choices, which makes them automatic picks to the All-State team.
Letterman Reuben Thomas III was the lone PCC selection to the All-NSC First Team Offense. Making the Second Teams were transfer wide receiver Michael Harrison (offense) and second-year nose tackle Manako Tuifua.
Smith, who missed the final two games due to an injury, made 45 tackles and led the Lancers in interceptions (three) and pass break-ups (12). Tua'au also had 45 tackles, including 17 from behind the line of scrimmage. The dynamic pass rusher added five sacks and a team-high seven quarterback hurries. Niumatalolo led the team in tackles with 79, and he had two fumble recoveries plus an 81-yard interception return for a TD.
Thomas finished an explosive two-year PCC career by leading the team in touchdowns (10) for the second straight season. He made 44 receptions for 748 yards (17 yards per catch average) and had nine receiving touchdowns. He led the Lancers in all-purpose yardage, averaging 116.4 yards in eight games played. Thomas becomes a two-time, all-conference selection as he was an All-NNC Second Team choice for all-purpose in 2009.
At 5-foot-4 in height, Harrison became only the fourth player in PCC history to total 60 or more catches in a season as he made 61 receptions for 735 yards and three touchdowns. He had both the longest reception (68) and longest rush (53) by a Lancer in 2010.
Tuifua was used a number of different positions, including offensive line and at short-yardage running back. He made 52 tackles and scored three touchdowns in the team's finale v. Mt. San Antonio.
[Photo--Kimball Niumatalolo (left) and Omar Smith (right) highlighted PCC football's All-Conference selections for 2010.]
Release Date: 11/23/10