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SIAC Announces Football All-Conference and Superlatives
The following press release was issued on Thursday, November 21, 2013, by the Commissioner of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Our hearty congratulations are extended to Lane College Senior Chris Rini, the football team, and the coaching staff. The Dragons ended their 2013 season with a winning 6-4 record.
ATLANTA-The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced its 2013 All-SIAC Football Team, Superlatives, and All-Academic Team today, as voted by the SIAC Football Coaches Association.
After a banner year, Lane College quarterback Chris Rini was picked unanimously as the SIAC Player and Offensive Player of the Year. The Key Largo, FL native capped off a remarkable season by passing for a conference high 2,926 yards and 29 touchdowns, while completing 256-out-of-374 passes. As a dual-threat quarterback, the 6-foot-175 pounder also rushed for 519 yards and eight touchdowns. Also the Dragons kicker, Rini connected on 28 of 32 point after attempts (PATs), in addition to his four field goals on seven attempts.
During chapel on Wednesday, November, 20, 2013, Head Football Coach Derrick Burroughs, left,
presented Rini with the Special Teams and Most Valuable Player Awards.
SIAC Player of the Year: Chris Rini, Lane College
SIAC Offensive Player of the Year: Chris Rini, Lane College
SIAC Defensive Player of the Year: Dexter Moody, Albany State
SIAC Newcomer of the Year: Frank Rivers, Albany State
SIAC Freshman of the Year: Montavious Taylor, Clark Atlanta
SIAC Coach of the Year: Reginald Ruffin, Miles College
I’m Glad that I Came to Lane
“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later”… Og Mandino
"I first saw this quote when it was posted on my sixth-grade classroom wall, and I never really understood it. Rather, I didn’t understand Og Mandino’s intention, but I knew that the quote’s veracity was inarguable. It was a luminous, humid day and one could see the morning dew as I arrived on Lane Colleges’ campus for the first time. I had such high expectations because I was attending a historically black college and I had the freedom to do as I pleased without having the supervision of my parents. Boy was I wrong! There was curfew at eleven o’clock, mandatory chapel attendance every Wednesday, and just rules on top of more rules! I felt like I was in jail and I wanted to leave immediately. My mother and I would chat, well rather I whined for hours about how I didn’t want to be here. Over time it grew on me though. Being from a big city, I wasn’t use to such a slow-paced environment. However, I took the time to focus more on my studies and strived to do my best. Being diligent in my studies, my professors started recommending me for different internships and wanted me to take a leadership role in the classroom.
When all of these things happened, I realized what Mandino was conveying. In everything you do in life, you should always want to do your best because it is the stepping stones for success. Had I not come to Lane, I wouldn’t have learned such a valuable lesson. I have met some awesome people and have had the pleasure to be taught by some wonderful professors. Being here has really helped mature me and helped shape the young woman I am today. So I personally want to say thank you to Lane College.”
Khristal Thomas is a Junior majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry. She holds a 3.76 grade point average and plans to enter dental school after graduation. The Cincinnati, OH major is the daughter of Vanessa Burdine and Chris Thomas.