GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) The defense was hit hard with injuries this year but one constant was sophomore Nick Ciccio and his outstanding year earned him All-American honors.
Ciccio was named to the American Football Coaches Association All-American First team. The sophomore safety had 60 tackles and 22 passes defended which was second in the nation. He led the super region six in total interceptions with 8 and he averaged 0.7 interceptions per game good for fourth in the country.
He had three games where he picked the ball off twice and he returned three of his eight interceptions for touchdowns. Ciccio is the 12th Maverick to earn All-American honors and after getting two picks in the first game of the season, he felt like this season was going to be pretty special.
"I feel pretty great. It's definitely been a good day," said Ciccio. "I've been excited all day. I've gotten a lot of texts and calls from family and friends so it's definitely really exciting news and something that made my day so that's cool. I think i definitely worked hard all season. Put in the extra work when I needed to. I think that was a big reason. Film study also, working with the team. I think just going hard everyday in practice I tried to focus. If I got down in practice, I'd say pick it up and try to get back out there. There's always room for improvement. I would love to get this award two more times. I think that would be awesome and I'm totally capable of doing it so that's the goal."