Saluki Trio Nabs Missouri Valley Conference Honors

Saluki Trio Nabs Missouri Valley Conference Honors
Chase Allen (5), D.J. Davis (25) and Austin Olsen (75) were All-MVFC honorable mention selections. (photocourtesy of

Three Southern Illinois Salukis were named honorable mention All-Missouri Valley Football Conference.

Senior Chase Allen ends his SIU career as one of the most decorated linebackers in school history. He was the team’s leading tackler for a third-straight season and ended his career with the 12th-most tackles in program history. He was second-team All-MVFC in 2015 in addition to this year’s honorable mention All-MVFC honor. He is only the second player in program history to lead the team in tackles three-straight years, joining Kevin Kilgallon (1988, ’89 and ’90). In 2016, Allen had 77 tackles, which ranked 10th in the MVFC. He also had 7.0 tackles for loss, a sack, a pass breakup, a forced fumble, a blocked kick and seven QB hurries.

D.J. Davis was one of the most dynamic freshmen in the nation in 2016. He led the MVFC in kick return average by 2.5 yards per return and was fifth in the MVFC in all-purpose yards per game. He had a 98-yard kick return touchdown vs. Murray State, the second-longest kick return TD in the MVFC in 2016. He ranked second nationally among freshmen in kick return average and had the third-most kick return yards in SIU single-season history.

Austin Olsen was the anchor for Southern Illinois’ offensive line. Olsen has started 22 consecutive games at left tackle after starting all 11 games there this season. He paved the way for SIU’s offense, which ranked second in the MVFC in both scoring and total offense. The Salukis led the MVFC in passing offense and set program single-season records for passing completions, attempts and yardage, with Olsen protecting the blind side.

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