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SIU defeats Youngstown State

SIU linebacker Cody Crider (29) and safety Jeremy Chinn (2) bring down Youngstown State wide receiver Samuel St. Surin (8) during the third quarter of a game this season at Saluki Stadium. The Salukis went on to win 35-10.

CARBONDALE — SIU safety Jeremy Chinn earned first team all-conference honors for the second time in his career Monday, as the Missouri Valley Football Conference announced it's all-league teams.

The senior and Buck Buchanan Award finalist led the team with four interceptions. He also had 71 tackles and has already accepted an invitation to Senior Bowl. Chinn was the only Saluki on the first team and one of eight all-conference honorees. After starting 2-4, SIU entered the national rankings at No. 25 for the first time in five years and finished 7-5 overall and 5-3 in the league (tied for third place). The Salukis' eight all-conference picks were the most since they won the league in 2009.

SIU had seven second-team selections — running backs D.J. Davis and Javon Williams Jr., offensive linemen ZeVeyon Furcron and Ernest Dye Jr., wide receiver Avante Cox, linebacker Cody Crider and safety Qua Brown. Their honorable mention picks were cornerback Madre Harper, defensive tackle Malik Haynes and wide receiver Landon Lenoir.

Davis rushed for 1,026 yards to post back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. He also caught 19 passes for 158 yards and finished his career ranked seventh all-time in career all-purpose yards in MVFC history with 5,431 yards

Chinn, Williams named finalists for STATS national awards

Williams rushed for 1,038 yards and a 6.4 average and leads all Division I freshmen with 19 TDs (17 rushing, 2 receiving) The Jerry Rice Award Watch List candidate caught 10 passes for 209 yards and completed 7-of-11 passes for 160 yards.

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Furcron and Dye anchored an offensive line that produced a pair of 1,000-yard rushers for the first time in school history and ranks No. 12 in the nation in rushing yards per game (233.4) and No. 35 in total offense (418.6). Both players started all 12 games.

Cox led the team with 47 catches for 617 yards and 5 TDs and also had 21 carries for 212 rushing yards, 3 TDs and a 10.1 average per rush. The Wyoming transfer was a two-time Newcomer of the Week in the MVFC.

Crider returned from his third ACL surgery to have a career-year with 90 tackles, a team-high 12.0 TFL and 2.0 sacks, along with five QB hurries and 2 PBUs.

Brown ranks No. 5 in the nation and No. 1 in the MVFC in solo tackles with 6.3 per game. He had 11 PBUs and 1 forced fumble and recorded three games with double-digit tackles.

Harper led the team with 12 PBUs and also has 42 tackles and two interceptions. He was a key part of a Saluki defense that ranks No. 35 in the nation in total defense (354.6) and No. 15 in the nation in 3rd down conversion percentage defense.

Haynes was among the conference leaders at defensive tackle with 34 tackles. He also has 3.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and four quarterback hurries. The Salukis rank No. 7 in the nation in sacks per game (3.25),

Lenoir had 41 catches for 616 yards and three TDs and averaged 15.0 yards per catch. His 98 career catches ranks 15th all-time at SIU, and he is 21st in career receiving yards with 1,149.

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