Mike Early


After earning Daktronics All-Region honors a week ago, University of Arkansas at Monticello senior football player Mike Early has been selected to two more all-region teams.

Early has been selected to the Beyond Sports Network All-Region First Team and the Don Hansen Football All-Region Third Team. He earned all three honors as a cornerback. Beyond Sports Network also honored Early as an All-Region First Team return specialist.

Early was an All-Great American Conference First Team honoree as a cornerback and a second team All-GAC pick as a return specialist.

The Denham Springs, Louisiana native ranked second in the GAC this season in passes defended with 12. He had four interceptions for a combined total of 111 return yards, including one return for a touchdown. He had two interceptions for 68 yards and a touchdown against Southwestern Oklahoma State at home and two interceptions for 43 yards against Southern Nazarene on the road.

In addition to his defensive numbers, Early finished the regular season ranked first in the conference and 25th in the nation in kickoff return yards. He totaled 12 returns for 322 yards, averaging out to 28.6 yards per attempt. He took two kickoff returns to the end zone in the season opener against East Central, and is just one of only 10 players in the nation to have more than one kickoff return for a score.

Early was a two-time GAC player of the week this season, once for special teams and once for defense. He also was named D2Football.com National Special Teams Player of the Week for his two returns for touchdowns against ECU.