Lenoir, Taylor Headline WIU All-Conference Picks

Lenoir, Taylor Headline WIU All-Conference Picks
Lance Lenoir and Brett Taylor were each named All-MVFC first team members. (Photo courtesy of GoLeathernecks.com).

Seven Western Illinois Leathernecks were honored by the Missouri Valley Football Conference, headlined by first team picks Lance Lenoir and Brett Taylor.

Lenoir concludes his career as a three-time All-MVFC selection, twice earning First Team honors at wide receiver (2014, 2016). Taylor, a junior, earned his second straight All-MVFC honor, and for the first time selected to the league’s top team.

Junior offensive lineman Jacob Judd earned second team honors for the second consecutive season. Sophomore running back Steve McShane also grabbed second team honors, his first-ever All-MVFC selection.

A trio of sophomores earned honorable mention–linebacker Quentin Moon, quarterback Sean McGuire and defensive lineman Khalen Saunders.

Lenoir ended the year with the second-most receptions per game (76/6.9) and third-most yards (1,093/99.4) in the MVFC. He turned in his third 1,000-yard season, the only player in WIU history to accomplish that feat. Lenoir concluded his career with a MVFC-record 273 receptions and finished third in conference history with 3,796 yards. His 29 career touchdowns (WIU record 28 receiving) finish as the sixth-most by a Leatherneck in program history.

Taylor turned in one of the top tackles season in WIU history. The national leader in solo tackles per game (8.5 p/g), he is among the finalists for the Buck Buchanan Award, given to the National Defensive Player of the Year. He ranked third nationally in total tackles (12.2 p/g). He recorded a career-high 18 tackles against Northern Iowa, including a career-high 15 solo tackles that stands as the most by any FCS player this season. He added 8.5 tackles for a loss, an interception and fumble recovery.

Judd earned his second straight Second Team accolade, starting every game at center the past two seasons. He helped the offense rank 22nd nationally (4th in MVFC) in tackles for a loss allowed and 31st (2nd in MVFC) in sacks allowed. The offense ended the regular season ranked 18th nationally in passing offense, 12th in time of possession, 33rd in third down conversions and 35th in fourth down conversions. WIU recorded six 300-yard passing games and three games of a 100-plus yard runner.

McShane rushed for 917 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging 5.0 yards per carry. He finished second among the MVFC rushing leaders and his touchdowns currently stand fourth-most. McShane, the conference’s Co-Offensive Player of the Week in September, turned in three 100-yard rushing games, including a career-best 207 yards against Eastern Illinois. He also caught 23 passes for 234 yards, including a career-best 59-yard touchdown catch at SIU. Three of his eight touchdowns were runs of 70, 62 and 55 yards. He finished second on the team with 1,151 all-purpose yards.

Moon finished second on the team making 88 tackles, after finishing his true-freshman year with just 26. He added 6.0 tackles for a loss, two sacks, an interception, two fumble recoveries (both at SIU), and blocked a kick. He set a career-high with 14 tackles at Missouri State and added 12 at South Dakota, with a personal-best 3.0 TFL. In all he had four games with 10 or more tackles.

McGuire set a WIU season record averaging 264.9 passing yards per game. He threw for 2,914 yards and 20 touchdowns while rushing for another five on the ground. He closed out the regular season ranked 28th nationally accounting for 150 points on the season. In his first full year as a starter, the sophomore’s passing yards were 11th-most in the FCS. He accounted for six 300-yard passing games, including a career-high 363 against Indiana State. McGuire was a MVFC All-Newcomer selection last year.

Saunders led the defensive linemen with 48 tackles as he played both interior lineman and defensive end. He recorded 1.5 sacks, 5.0 tackles for a loss and broke up two passes. He recorded a season-high 2.0 tackles for a loss in consecutive weeks (at South Dakota State, Indiana State), and his career-high of eight tackles came in WIU’s win at South Dakota.

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