The Edmond Sun

December 5, 2013

Two UCO football players named All-Region


Special to The Sun

BURNSVILLE, Minn. — Central Oklahoma running back Joshua Birmingham and wide receiver Marquez Clark both earned first-team recognition on the Daktronics All-Super Region Three Team that was released today, with Clark also claiming second-team honors at kick returner.

First-team honorees on the four all-region teams selected around the country are now eligible for Daktronics All-America selection, with those teams to be announced Dec. 17.

The Super Region Three team was voted on by sports information directors of the schools from the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, the Great American Conference, the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

The team is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems for every sport at every level of competition.

Birmingham, a senior from Luther, became just the third player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season three times after finishing with 1,071 yards and 19 touchdowns on 202 carries this fall. He added 350 yards on 29 receptions and 269 yards on 19 kickoff returns in finishing with 1,690 all-purpose yards.

Birmingham ended his stellar four-year career as the UCO’s all-time leader in carries (807), touchdown runs of 50-plus yards (eight), rushing TDs (57), TDs (64), points (384) and all-purpose yards (6,319) while finishing second in rushing yards (4,276) and receptions (155).

Clark enjoyed a fabulous season in his first year with the Bronchos. He caught a school-record 82 passes for 1,348 yards — third on UCO’s single-season list — and five touchdowns while adding 326 yards and two touchdowns on punt returns and 532 yards on 23 kickoff returns.

The junior from Texarkana, Texas racked up a single-season school record 2,249 all-purpose yards and had three of the top-10 games in University of Central Oklahoma history this fall.  Clark currently leads NCAA Division II in all-purpose yards per game (224.9), while ranking third in receiving yards per game (134.8) and fourth in punt return average (18.1).