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TSU’s Tynes earns CFAA All-American honor

Troy State senior placekicker Lawrence Tynes has been selected to the 2000 Division I-AA All-America team, as selected by the American Football Coaches Association, the organization announced on Tuesday.

The Milton, Fla., native connected on 16 of 20 field goals this season and all 36 point-after attempts in earning first-team All-Southland Football League honors. This season, Tynes tied school single-game records for points (14) and most field goals made (3). His 16 made field goals also tied a school single-season record.

Tynes holds Troy State career records for field goals made (45), field goals attempted (62), extra points made (123), extra points attempted (127) and points by a kicker (258). He is also the school?s all-time leader in field goal percentage, boasting a .726 percentage.

"We are proud of Lawrence for this honor because we know that he is very deserving," Troy State football coach Larry Blakeney said. "He has meant so much to our program and our coaching staff during his career at Troy State and he will be sorely missed. He always gave tremendous effort and leadership. He is one of kind."

Tynes’ selection marks the seventh consecutive year a Troy State player has earned recognition on the AFCA team, the longest current streak among I-AA schools. Southwest defensive back Texas’ C.J. Carroll was the only other Southland Football League representative chosen.

The AFCA team is selected by a vote of I-AA coaches nationwide. This year’s team was made up of 21 seniors, two juniors and twosophomores.

From Troy State’s other 2000 opponents, Appalachian State defensive back Corey Hall and Alabama State punter David Beckford were also selected.