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Top 10: No. 5 - Rico Wallace

Top 10: No. 5 - Rico Wallace

WINCHESTER, Va. - For the next two weeks, the Shenandoah University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is taking a look back at its top moments of 2011-12. Today, we take a look at our No. 5 highlight: Rico Wallace.

Football is the epitome of a team game. Eleven men on a side fighting to carry the ball over two lines set 100-yards apart. No one man can accomplish this task alone. He needs blockers to assist him along the way and at least one teammate to put the ball in his hands at the start of a play.

Even if one side succeeds in crossing that line, they need at least 11 teammates to prevent the opposing team from answering their score.

While it is possible for one man to stand out from the others on a field, by definition that man must truly be special.

In 2011, Rico Wallace was exactly that kind of player for the Shenandoah Hornets.

Starting with his first reception of the fall, a 36-yard TD catch against Stevenson, Wallace was dominant.

That opening reception was one of five TD catches that Wallace had on the night and the first of a program-record 14 he had on the season.

Wallace scored touchdowns in seven of the 10 games last fall, including two in the Randolph-Macon, Christopher Newport and N.C. Wesleyan contests.

His 67 receptions for 1241 yards were both new season records at Shenandoah and he cracked the 100-yard barrier in eight of the 10 games.

Following the season, he was named first team All-USA South, All-South Region by, All-State by the Roanoke Times, All-America by BSN and D3ProDay and was selected to play in the D3Senior Classic All-Star game.

But his most significant accolade didn't come until April.

Almost immediately following the conclusion of the annual NFL draft, Wallace was signed to a free agent contract by the Carolina Panthers.

Wallace left for rookie mini-camp two weeks later and later took part in Organized Team Activities in early June.

He is the first SU football player in the 12-year history of the program to be signed by an NFL team and he holds every significant game, season and career receiving record at Shenandoah.

Wallace Named First Team AA
January 6, 2012 Wallace Named First Team AA
Three Named All-State
December 27, 2011 Three Named All-State
Five Named All-State
December 21, 2011 Five Named All-State
Four Named All-Region
December 5, 2011 Four Named All-Region
Three Named to All-Star Game
November 29, 2011 Three Named to All-Star Game
Hornets Defense Tops in League
November 17, 2011 Hornets Defense Tops in League
Wallace Named to Team of Week
November 15, 2011 Wallace Named to Team of Week
Football Dominates in Finale
November 12, 2011 Football Dominates in Finale
Two Named All-District
November 10, 2011 Two Named All-District
Football Blows Out Averett
November 5, 2011 Football Blows Out Averett
Ferrum Runs Past Football
October 30, 2011 Ferrum Runs Past Football
Football Postponed
October 29, 2011 Football Postponed Feature
October 25, 2011 Feature
Football Dethrones Monarchs
October 22, 2011 Football Dethrones Monarchs
Football Stops Scots
October 15, 2011 Football Stops Scots
Second Half Football Preview
October 14, 2011 Second Half Football Preview
Football Drops Heartbreaker
October 8, 2011 Football Drops Heartbreaker
Wallace Named to Watch List
October 5, 2011 Wallace Named to Watch List
Football Roars Past Pride
October 1, 2011 Football Roars Past Pride
Homecoming 2011
September 27, 2011 Homecoming 2011
Red, White or Blue?
September 22, 2011 Red, White or Blue?
'Jackets Sting Football
September 17, 2011 'Jackets Sting Football
Bridgewater Outlasts Football
September 10, 2011 Bridgewater Outlasts Football
Two Earn National Honors
September 8, 2011 Two Earn National Honors
Two Earn USA South Honors
September 5, 2011 Two Earn USA South Honors
Game Notes Posted
August 31, 2011 Game Notes Posted
The Sky (Diver) is Falling!
August 31, 2011 The Sky (Diver) is Falling!
Schedule Magnets Available
August 18, 2011 Schedule Magnets Available
Football Opens Practice
August 15, 2011 Football Opens Practice
Shentel Receives an Upgrade
August 12, 2011 Shentel Receives an Upgrade
Football Picked Fourth
August 1, 2011 Football Picked Fourth
2011 Football Preview
July 29, 2011 2011 Football Preview
Feldman AFCA Nominee
July 19, 2011 Feldman AFCA Nominee