Practice culminates with Spring Game on April 20
Saluki safety Mike McElroy is one of 12 finalists for the $5,000 postgraduate scholarship.
Second career academic All-American award for Pickard
James, McElroy, Pickard all earn first-team honors
Nine total Salukis honored on All-Conference teams
2011 (Senior): First-team Academic All-American...First-team Academic All-Conference selection...Second-team All-Conference selection...Graduated Magna Cum Laude in Summer 2010 with a degree in political science and a minor in criminal justice...Started all 11 games, ending his career with 35 consecutive starts...Blocked for seven 200-yard rushing games...Posted a 93 percent blocking percentage and didn't allow a sack...Earned the MVFC's Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award, which requires a minimum 3.2 GPA in the previous two semesters. (Preseason): Preseason first-team All-America selection by College Sporting News...Preseason second-team All-America selection by Phil Steele Magazine...Preseason third-team All-America selection by The Sports Network...Preseason first-team All-Conference selection by Phil Steele Magazine.
2010 (Junior): Second Team ESPN Academic All-American...Named to the FCS Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team and was one of eight finalists for its $5,000 postgraduate scholarship...Second Team All-MVFC...MVFC All-Academic First Team...Received the MVFC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award, which requires a minimum GPA of 3.2 for the previous two semesters...MVFC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance in the Northern Iowa victory where he led SIU's offense to 414 yards and 45 points...Was SIU's Offensive Lineman of the Week three times...Started in all 11 games at left tackle...Led Saluki offense to 30.1 points per game, 189.5 yards rushing and 378.2 yards of total offense on the year...SIU averaged 194.9 yards rushing in league games and finished the year averaging 213.4 yards rushing in the last five games...Helped SIU's offense average 397.4 yards of offense in league play. (2010 Preseason) Second-Team Preseason All-America selection by The Sports Network...Rated as the third-best offensive tackle in the FCS by Phil Steele and to his preseason All-America second team...Selected to the 2010 Consensus Draft Services FCS Preseason All-America First Team...Named one of the Top 10 offensive lineman in the nation by The Sports Network....Selected to the 2010 MVFC Preseason Team...Preseason First-Team All-MVFC Selection by Phil Steele.
2009 (Sophomore): Third Team Sports Network All-American...First Team All-MVFC...MVFC Offensive Lineman of the Week, Nov. 23...Named to the MVFC All-Academic Second Team...Earned the President's Academic Award from the MVFC...Received the team's Most Valuable Offensive Lineman Award...Started in all 13 games... Helped the Saluki offense rank No. 5 in the country in rushing yards per game (221.1) and No. 7 nationally in scoring offense (34.0)...Left tackle on offensive line that ranked second in the MVFC and 10th in the nation by only allowing 14 sacks in 13 games.
2008 (Redshirt Freshman): Started the first eight games at left tackle before a season-ending injury... Earned the Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award, which requires a minimum 3.2 grade point average.
2007 (Freshman): Redshirted...Named to the conference's academic honor roll.
High School: Started all 20 games of varsity career at left tackle...Team captain and Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2006...West Suburban Silver all-conference honoree...Garnered all-conference and all-state academic honors...Did not allow a sack during his senior season...Led the team with 55 bonus blocks that year...Also played defensive tackle, where he had 47 tackles, two forced fumbles, one blocked kick, 3.5 sacks and eight tackles for loss.
Personal: Born April 4, 1989 in Chicago, Ill....Son of Al Pickard and Sally Sutherland...Father is retired, mother is a teacher...Graduated in the summer of 2010 with his bachelor's degree in political science...Working on his master's degree in public administration.