Laiche named STATS FCS All-America Second Team

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CHICAGO — For the first time in 10 years, a player from the Nicholls State University defense was selected as one of the nation’s best as junior defensive lineman Sully Laiche received STATS FCS All-America Second Team honors, the organization announced Tuesday.

Laiche, a native of Gramercy and graduate of Lutcher, is the first defender since Lardarius Webb in 2008 to receive all-American honors. He is also the second Colonel to earn Associated Press or STATS FCS national recognition under head coach Tim Rebowe, joining Lorran Fonseca who earned both last season.

A three-time All-Southland selection, Laiche anchored one of the nation’s elite defenses which ranked in the top 12 of the FCS in rushing defense (11th/105.4 ypg), tackles for loss (7th/8.2) and sacks (11th/3.08). Individually, Laiche was 37th in the country with 8.5 sacks and 48th in tackles for loss with 17.0.

Laiche had a pair of outstanding single-game performances, highlighted by his 2.0 sacks and 4.0 TFLs in the win over FBS Kansas. He also had a three-sack effort in the victory at HBU where Nicholls held the Huskies to -21 yards rushing.

Laiche has started since he arrived in Thibodaux in 2016 and ranks third on the FCS active career list with 25.5 sacks.

For a complete list of the 2018 STATS FCS All-America teams, please click here.

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