Football holds annual year-end banquet

    MyCole Pruitt earned the team's Tony Bleyer offensive MVP award.

    MyCole Pruitt earned the team's Tony Bleyer offensive MVP award.
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    Feb. 16, 2013

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Southern Illinois football program held its annual year-end annual banquet on Saturday. Kenneth Boatright earned the team's Tony Bleyer defensive MVP award, while MyCole Pruitt earned Tony Bleyer offensive MVP. Boatright also earned the team's Toughest Saluki and Defensive Line MVP honors. Pruitt also earned the team's receiving MVP award.

    Boatright and Pruitt both earned first-team All-Conference laurels in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. Both players also earned All-America honors. Pruitt picked up third-team All-America honors by The Sports Network after recording 49 receptions, 577 receiving yards and four touchdowns. He was fourth in the nation in receiving yards among tight ends.

    Boatright earned All-America honors by both the Associated Press and American Football Coaches Association after finishing third in the MVFC with 13.5 tackles for loss and seventh with 5.5 sacks. He recorded 62 tackles in 2012 and blocked a punt, which he recovered for a touchdown.

    Offensive MVP - MyCole Pruitt
    Defensive MVP - Kenneth Boatright
    Offensive Line - Richard Wilson
    Offensive Back - Steve Strother
    Offensive Receiver - MyCole Pruitt
    Defensive Line - Kenneth Boatright
    Linebacker - Jayson DiManche
    Defensive Back - Emmanuel Souarin
    Newcomer of the Year - Tyler Williamson
    Most Improved - Eze Obiora
    Toughest Saluki - Kenneth Boatright
    Special Teams MVP - Austin Pucylowski
    Harry Bobbitt Spirit Award - Joe Okon
    Offensive Scout MVP - Ahmad Hicks
    Defensive Scout MVP - Carl Bivens