WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Winston-Salem State University free safety Daryus Skinner was recognized as one of the top football players in the nation when he was selected to The Associated Press 2019 D-II All-America Team. He earned a second team selection after completing another stellar season in one of the top individual careers for a WSSU football player.
The honor comes after Skinner capped his playing career with another stellar effort for the Rams. This season, Skinner finished the season ranked eighth in the nation with seven interceptions with a pass breakup in just 10 games. Skinner turned his interceptions into yards as well this season with 158 yards in interception returns. The most impressive interception came at Livingstone where he too one of his interceptions 66 yards for a touchdown. In addition to his great pass defense Skinner also finished the season with 39 total tackles (21 solo) and a forced fumble. The effort came just one season after leading the nation with 11 interceptions and 30 total tackles (15 solo).
The honor comes as one of many for Skinner as he was also a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) All-Conference selection and a D2CCA First Team All-Region selection as well. The 2019 season was the second straight first team All-CIAA selection for Skinner.
Skinner completed his Winston-Salem State football career with 22 total interceptions to rank second in school history. Only former WSSU defensive back Cornelius Washington, who totaled 25 interceptions during his career has more interceptions than Skinner.
Skinner will return to the field this weekend when he takes part in the 2019 D1-FCS Senior Scout Bowl. For more information on Rams football, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.