MyCole Pruitt earned his second-consecutive first-team All-MVFC selection.
Dec. 2, 2013
ST. LOUIS - Junior tight end MyCole Pruitt and senior linebacker Bryan Presume were selected to the 2013 All-Missouri Valley Football Conference first team, the conference announced Monday. In addition, junior kicker Thomas Kinney earned second-team honors, and senior receiver John Lantz, senior punter Austin Pucylowski and junior return specialist LaSteven McKinney each earned an honorable mention.
Pruitt was also a first-team All-MVFC selection in 2012. Despite missing the final two games of the 2013 season with a broken leg, Pruitt leads the conference and is second in the nation in receptions (48) and receiving yards (601) by a tight end. He finished the regular season third overall in the MVFC with 4.8 receptions per game, and his five touchdown receptions tied for the team lead.
Presume earned his first All-Conference nod. A team captain, he led the team and is third in the MVFC with 104 total tackles. His 55 solo tackles are tops in the conference. He is also sixth in the MVFC with 12.5 tackles for loss, including 3.0 sacks. Presume blocked three kicks on the year and returned one for a touchdown. He also had one interception and one forced fumble on the year.
In his first season kicking for the Salukis, Kinney put together one of the best statistical seasons by a kicker in school history. His 18 made field goals are tied for seventh in the nation and tied for the second-highest single-season total in school history. His 94 points scored is the sixth-highest single-season total by a Saluki. In addition, Kinney's 52-yard field goal against Western Illinois tied for the second-longest by an FCS kicker in 2013.
Lantz had a breakout season in 2013, amassing the most receiving yards by a Saluki since 1999. He hauled in 51 receptions for 885 receiving yards, more than doubling his previous career total. He finished the regular season second in the conference in receiving yardage. He also tied with McKinney and Pruitt for the team lead with five touchdown grabs. He is tied with McKinney for ninth in the conference with 4.2 receptions per game.
McKinney returned 17 kickoffs for an average of 22.8 yards per return and a long of 60 yards. He had 14 punt returns for an average of 4.6 yards per return. In addition, he tied for the team lead in receptions (51) and touchdown receptions (five). McKinney also totaled 486 receiving yards on the year.
Pucylowski is third in the Valley with an average of 40.8 yards per punt. He showed deadly accuracy, pinning an MVFC-leading 43 percent (23-of-54) of his punts inside the 20-yardline. He only had three touchbacks on the year and helped SIU finish the regular season ranked 24th in the nation in net punting average (37.35 yards per punt). Pucylowski booted a 72-yard punt against Western Illinois. It was the second-longest punt in the conference this year.
The conference is scheduled to release its All-Newcomer team on Tuesday.
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