Former ICC football great named AP first-team All-Pro

Former ICC football great named AP first-team All-Pro

FULTON, Miss. – The postseason honors continue to roll in for former ICC football great Darius Slay.

After being named to his first Pro Bowl, Slay (Burnswick, GA) was named first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press, making him the first Detroit Lions defensive back to receive the honor since 1969.

The former Indians' eight interceptions and 26 passes defended lead the NFL this season. Slay allowed a QB rating of 55.6 on passes thrown his way, which was sixth best in the league, while facing the opposing team's best receiver week after week.

As a freshman at ICC, Slay earned first-team MACJC All-State and NJCAA All-Region 23 honors after record 41 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack and forced two fumbles after only playing five games for Coach Jon Williams and the Indians.

After his stellar freshman season, he earned JC Gridwire Preseason second-team All-American honors heading into his sophomore season.

During his final season in Fulton, Slay recorded 32 total tackles, 1 tackle for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery while hauling in three catches for 63 yards and a touchdown to earn MACJC First Team All-State honors on defense and special teams after playing in all nine games.

VIDEO: Slay talks with LetsGoICC after visiting with the ICC coaches in January of 2016

Slay, who originally committed to Mississippi State out of high school, honored his commitment by signing with the Bulldogs after getting offers from Kentucky, Georgia and Oklahoma State.

As a junior, he saw action in all 12 games and the Music City Bowl on special teams and in a reserve role as a defensive back for the Bulldogs. He recorded 23 tackles, four pass breakups and returned an interception for a touchdown against his home-state Georgia Bulldogs.

As a senior in Starkville, he started at defensive back in all 13 games and had 40 total tackles, six pass breakups and five interceptions with one returned for a touchdown to earn Coaches All-SEC second-team honors.

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