Boatright, Pruitt earn first-team All-MVFC honors

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    Nov. 26, 2012

    By Scott Gierman 

    ST. LOUIS – Senior defensive end Ken Boatright and sophomore tight end MyCole Pruitt earned first-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors while senior linebacker Jayson DiManche was selected to the second team, the MVFC announced Monday. In addition, wide receiver and return specialist LaSteven McKinney, punter Austin Pucylowski and offensive lineman Richard Wilson each received honorable mentions.

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    Boatright ranked third in the conference with 13.5 tackles for loss and tied for sixth in the conference with 5.5 sacks in 2012. He also added a blocked punt, which he recovered for a touchdown against Northern Iowa. A two-year starter and a 2012 captain, he was also a member of this year’s MVFC Preseason Team and a 2011 All-MVFC Honorable Mention.

    Pruitt led all tight ends in the conference in receptions (49), receiving yards (577) and touchdown receptions (4). After two seasons, he already ranks second in school history among tight ends with 92 career receptions. Pruitt was also a preseason All-Conference selection this season after he was on the MVFC All-Newcomer first team in 2011.

    DiManche tied for the team lead and was second in the Valley with 8.0 sacks. He also led the team and was second in the conference with 15.0 tackles for loss. The co-captain finished his career fourth in school history with 38.0 career tackles for loss and seventh with 16.5 career sacks.

    The versatile McKinney earned an honorable mention as both a receiver and a return specialist. He had 43 receptions for 363 yards and three touchdown receptions. He was seventh in the conference in receptions and also ran the ball 25 times for 131 yards and a touchdown. McKinney returned 22 punts for a conference-leading 9.0 yards per return, which also ranks 21st in the nation.

    Pucylowski averaged 40.2 yards per punt on the year. He pinned 23 of his 71 kicks inside the 20-yard line and had only seven touchbacks. He posted a net punting average of 36.7 yards per punt, which ranks 20th in the nation.

    Wilson anchored the Saluki offensive line as the only senior lineman to start all 11 games. After starting the season opener at left tackle, he started the final 10 games at right guard. The fifth-year senior and co-captain started every game the last two seasons.