Pruitt, Willis earn first-team All-MVFC
SIU outscored EIU 24-0 in the second half to overcome a 21-14 halftime deficit
This is only the third time since the beginning of the 2012 season the Salukis have given up four or more passing touchdowns.
The Saluki defense has now recorded a sack in 40 of its previous 41 games.
Started 11 gamesâ€¦Missed the Missouri State game due to injuryâ€¦Honorable mention All-MVFC return specialistâ€¦Ranked second in the MVFC and ninth nationally in punt return average (13.1)â€¦Caught 39 passes for 377 yardsâ€¦Third on the team in receptions (39), receiving yards (377) and receiving touchdowns (3)â€¦Also rushed four times for 11 yardsâ€¦Caught a season-best seven passes against Indiana State, and had a season-best 72 yards against South Dakotaâ€¦Caught touchdown passes at Eastern Illinois, vs. Southeast Missouri and at Illinois Stateâ€¦Returned 17 punts for 22 yardsâ€¦Had a long punt return of 62 at Eastern Illinois, setting up a Saluki touchdownâ€¦Averaged 13.1 yards per punt return.
All-MVFC honorable mention as a return specialist...Appeared in all 12 games and made 10 starts at wide receiver...Also utilized as wildcat quarterback...Led the team with 1,025 all-purpose yards...Tied for the team lead with 51 receptions...Tied for ninth in the MVFC with 4.2 receptions per game...Five touchdown catches, the most by a Saluki since 2008...Third on the team in receiving yards...Returned 17 kickoffs for an average of 22.8 yards per return and a long of 60...14 punt returns for an average of 4.6 yards per return.
All-MVFC honorable mention as a wide receiver/return specialist...Played in all 11 games and started eight games at wide receiver...Handled punt return duties...Second on the team in receptions (43) and receiving yards (363)...Recorded a career-high eight receptions against Northern Iowa...Eighth in the MVFC with 3.9 receptions per game...Posted a career-high 85 receiving yards against Southeast Missouri State...Recorded career-highs in rushing attempts (8) and yards (46) against South Dakota State...Also ran for a seven-yard touchdown against South Dakota State...Second in the conference with an average of 9.0 yards per punt return...Returned three kickoffs for 59 yards against North Dakota State.
2011 (Redshirt Freshman)
Played in all 11 games, starting two...Caught 16 passes for 181 yards...Posted season highs with three catches and 72 yards against Eastern Illinois...Served as the primary punt returner, returning 21 punts for 160 yards, averaging 7.6 yards per return...Finished second in the MVFC and 39th in the nation by averaging 7.6 yard per punt return.
Redshirted...Named SIU's Offensive Scout Player of the Week three times during the season...Received the Massive Mule Award once during the year, which honors the Saluki rookie with the most outstanding week of strength training.
Ranked as the 41st top prospect in the state of Illinois and was a three-star prospect by Rivals.com...Was an All-State running back in Class 5A...Scored 17 touchdowns and rushed for 950 yards as a senior in 2009...Was a U.S. Army All-American nominee as a junior when he ran for 1,126 yards and 19 touchdowns...Also caught 15 passes for 300 yards and four touchdowns as a junior to lead his team to an 8-3 record and the second round of the Class 5A playoffs... Rushed for more than 1,400 yards and scored 22 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2007.
Born on Sept. 2, 1991...Born on Sept. 2, 1991...Son of Kathy and Steven McKinney...Father is a bus operator and mother is a medical manager...Has two sisters...Majoring in exercise science.