No. 7 SDSU is the highest ranked opponent SIU has defeated since Oct. 17, 2009 (No. 2 Northern Iowa).
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.
Southern nearly overcame a 22-point second half deficit
Offense made big plays in passing game, but defense forced four turnovers.
First-team All-MVFC... Started 10 games...Missed the final two games of the season after playing the second half against Missouri State with a broken leg...Led the MVFC and third in the nation in receptions (48) by a tight end...Led the MVFC and second in the nation in receiving yards by a tight end (601)...Third in the MVFC with 4.8 receptions per game...Sixth in the MVFC with 60.1 receiving yards per game...Five touchdown catches, the most by a Saluki since 2008... Finished the season as SIU's all-time leader in career receptions (140) and receiving yards (1,740) by a tight end...Named CFPA National Performer of the Week for his performance against Eastern Illinois...Four-time weekly CFPA tight end honorable mention (8/31/13, 9/21/13, 10/5/13, 10/12/13).
The Sports Network Third-Team All-American...First-Team All-MVFC selection...Started all 11 games at tight end... Led the team in receptions (49), receiving yards (577) and touchdown receptions (4)...Fourth nationally among tight ends in receiving yards and sixth nationally among tight ends in receptions per game (4.5)...Ranked fifth in the MVFC in receptions and sixth in receiving yards per game (52.5) and led all MVFC tight ends in both categories...Career-best nine receptions for 121 yards against SEMO...Finished the season ranked second in school history for career receptions by a tight end (92)...College Football Performance Awards TE Performer of the Week 9/17/12...CFPA TE Honorable Mention 9/10/12, 10/1/12, 10/8/12 and 10/29/12...His 49 receptions tied for eighth most in a single-season in school history...Finished the season with 1,139 receiving yards, 11th most in school history.
2011 (Redshirt Freshman)
Honorable mention All-Conference selection...Earned a spot on the MVFC All-Newcomer team...Named team receiver MVP by teammates...Led the team in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns...Started eight games, including the final seven games of the season...Posted career highs with eight catches and 124 yards against Youngstown State...Caught three touchdown passes, all in the last five games of the season...Caught at least three passes in each of the final eight games of the season...Placed eighth in the conference in receptions per game with 3.9 and receiving yards per game with 51.1.
Redshirted...Was SIU's Offensive Scout Player of the Week during the Quincy game week...Named to the MVFC Academic Honor Roll.
Three time All-Conference defensive end and First Team All-Conference tight end in 2009...Caught 30 passes for 397 yards and six touchdowns...Posted 50 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss and six sacks...Team advanced to the second round of the playoffs in his junior season, went 10-1 and made the state playoffs during his sophomore year...Caught seven passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns as a freshman...Four-year honor roll student...Also played basketball and volleyball...Led hoops team to the 2008-09 district championship...Attended the same high school as Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.
Born on March 24, 1992, in South Bend, Ind...Son of Colette Bonds and Carlos Pruitt...Has three siblings...Majoring in mechanical engineering.