SIU student-athletes earn four spots for second-consecutive season
Boatright, Hampton earn team MVP awards
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
Mike McElroy Photos
2011 (Senior): First-team All-Conference selection...First-team Academic All-Conference selection...Academic All-District selection...FCS Academic All-Star team selection...Named team's defensive back MVP by teammates...Finished third in school history in career interceptions with 15...Led the team with four interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown in the season finale at Indiana State...His four interceptions placed him second in the MVFC...Recorded 38 interception return yards in 2011, which gave him the third-most career interception return yards in school history with 183 yards...Tied for fourth in the conference with two fumble recoveries...Earned national co-Defensive Player of the Week recognition from The Sports Network after his two-interception game against Indiana State...Fifth on the team in total tackles with 48...Earned the MVFC's President's Council Academic Excellence Award, which requires a minimum 3.5 GPA and two years of competition in the conference...Earned the MVFC's Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award, which requires a minimum 3.2 GPA in the previous two semesters...Team captain. 2011 (Preseason): Named as one of the top 10 defensive backs in the nation by The Sports Network...First-team preseason All-America selection by College Sporting News...Second-team preseason All-America selection by The Sports Network...Preseason first team All-MVFC selection by Phil Steele...Nominee for the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
2010 (Senior): Was granted a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA and Missouri Valley Football Conference and will have one year of eligibility remaining for the 2011 season...Suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the second week of the season...Had nine tackles in his six and a half quarters on the field...Intercepted one pass at Illinois, Sept. 11...Received the MVFC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award, which requires a minimum GPA of 3.2 for the previous two semesters...(2010 Preseason) Preseason Buck Buchanan Award Candidate...Ranked as the third-best free safety in the FCS by Phil Steele and to his preseason All-America First Team...Third-Team Preseason All-America selection by The Sports Network...Named one of the Top 10 defensive backs in the nation by The Sports Network...Honorable Mention Preseason All-American by Consensus Draft Services...Selected to the 2010 MVFC Preseason Team...Preseason First-Team All-MVFC selection by Phil Steele...Nominee for the 2010 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
2009 (Junior): Named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America second team, becoming the programs first Academic All-American since 1991...First team All-MVFC...Selected to the MVFC All-Academic second team... Earned the Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award, which requires a minimum 3.2 grade point average...Started in all 13 games and was second on the team with 78 tackles...Led the MVFC with seven interceptions, which tied for the fourth most in the nation and the third most in a year in school history...Accumulated 131 return yards of his seven interceptions, which is the third most in a year in school history and tied for the most in the MVFC...His 80-yard interception return for a touchdown against Missouri State is the fourth longest in school history...Had 7.0 tackles for a loss and four pass breakups...Intercepted two passes at Western Illinois...Had 10 tackles against North Dakota State and in the quarterfinals of the playoffs vs. William and Mary...Returned three punts for 29 yards.
2008 (Sophomore): Started all 12 games and finished second on the team in interceptions with three... Earned the Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award, which requires a minimum 3.2 grade point average...Named MVFC All-Academic Second Team...Had two interceptions against Hampton to earn conference player-of-the-week honors...Recorded a season-high nine tackles at North Dakota State.
2007 (True Freshman): Named to the conference's academic honor roll...As a true freshman, he played in all 14 games and made two starts...First career start was against Illinois State...Had 31 tackles, including 2.5 for loss...Also broke up three passes...Notched a season-high seven tackles at Hampton.
High School: Three-year varsity starter at wide receiver and defensive back...Caught 51 passes for 1,072 yards and 21 touchdowns last season...Picked off 14 passes in the secondary...Returned 11 punts for 183 yards...Led his team to a state championship in 2004...Team captain in 2006...All-state and Grand Rapids Press All-Dream Team selection at defensive back (2006)...All-conference and Detroit News Dream Team wide receiver (2006).
Personal: Born Sept. 13, 1988 in Lowell, Mich....Son of Bill and Linda McElroy...Father is a teacher and coach, mother is a registered nurse...Health education major.