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CARBONDALE — Punter Lane Reazin, who tied South Dakota's Brady Schutt for the top net average in the Missouri Valley Football Conference ,was SIU's only first team selection on the all-league team.

The Valley announced its all-conference team Monday. The league's All-Newcomer Team is expected to be announced Tuesday.

Reazin, a 6-foot-2, 212-pound sophomore from Mooreland, Oklahoma, averaged 42.3 yards per punt in conference play, tying Schutt for the lead with four more attempts. Reazin put 10 of his 42 attempts inside the 20-yard line, had nine kicks over 50 yards, and had eight touchbacks. He became SIU's first All-MVFC first team punter since Scott Ravanesi won the honor in 2009.

SIU, which finished 4-7 overall and 2-6 in the MVFC, had no first team all-conference picks last year for the first time in league history. 

Reazin's net punt average for the season, 43.6 yards per punt, ranked seventh in the FCS during the regular season. Reazin led SIU to a net punting average of 38.3 yards, which was second in the MVFC in and 16th nationally. Reazin's punting average was fourth in SIU history for a single season and 14th in MVFC history.

Safety Jeremy Chinn and offensive tackle Austin Olsen made the second team. Five players made honorable mention, senior fullback Hans Carmien, senior safety Ryan Neal, junior wide receiver Darrell James, sophomore running back D.J. Davis, and redshirt freshman defensive end Anthony Knighton.

Knighton, a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award, which geos to the top freshman in the country, led the Salukis with 11 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and six quarterback hurries.

Chinn led the MVFC in forced fumbles and was sixth in interceptions. He led the MVFC in combined forced fumbles and interceptions, and was ninth in passes defended. Chinn, a member of the league's All-Newcomer Team last season, was third on the team in tackles (66) and broke up six passes.

Olsen earned All-MVFC honors for the second time in his career. He was an honorable mention pick in 2016. He ended his career with 33-straight starts on SIU's offensive line and was a two-time MVFC offensive lineman of the week.

The Salukis led the MVFC and ranked 12th nationally in fewest sacks allowed (10). SIU allowed 29 sacks last season.

Carmien made honorable mention for the second time in his career after winning the accolade as a redshirt freshman in 2014. The walk-on from Fisher started seven of 10 games this past season and caught seven passes for 31 yards and a touchdown. Carmien caught 15 passes for 84 yards and five touchdowns in his career. 

Neal, a four-year starter at cornerback and safety, led the Salukis with 84 stops. He tied Chinn with three interceptions and was the league's defensive player of the week after getting eight tackles, a fumble recovery and a 52-yard interception return in the win at Southeast Missouri State Sept. 16.

SIU beat the Redhawks for its first road win in nearly three years.

James had a breakout season as a junior, catching a team-best 47 passes for a team-best 773 yards and eight touchdowns. His 4.6 receptions a game during league play tied for fifth-best, and his 75.4 yards a game were fourth-best. James had three 100-yard games in 2017 after getting two in his first two years.

Davis was SIU's top all-purpose threat, rushing for 336 yards and three touchdowns and catching 35 passes for 337 yards and three more scores. He was the fifth-best kickoff returner in the league during conference play with eight returns for 432 yards (19.6 yards per return).


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Todd Hefferman has covered SIU athletics since 2008. A University of Iowa grad, he is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and a Heisman Trophy voter.

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