MACOMB, Ill. - The 2011 Phil Steele Preseason College Football Magazine listed five Western Illinois Fighting Leathernecks as Preseason All-Missouri Valley Football Conference. The publication announced the teams Wednesday (July 20).
Punt returner Myers Hendrickson (Macomb/Macomb), kickoff returner Bryce Flowers (Pittsburg, CA/Army Prep), wide receiver Terriun Crump (Country Club Hills/Coll. of DuPage), offensive lineman Jordan Valle (Peru/LaSalle-Peru), and kicker Pat Smith (Quincy/Notre Dame) were all listed Second Team at their respective position.
Hendrickson took over punt return duties midway through season and averaged 9.3 yards per return (16 returns/149 yards). He finished third in the MVFC and 31st nationally. The senior wideout also caught five passes totaling 88 yards last season.
Flowers accounted for a team-leading 107.2 all-purpose yards per game, ranking him 62nd in the nation. He rushed for 804 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging 5.4 yards per carry, and caught 19 passes for 332 yards and a touchdown. A three-time MVFC 'Newcomer of the Week' last year, Flowers averaged 19.8 yards on a team-leading 13 kickoff returns.
Crump ended his junior year with 56 catches totaling 888 yards and five touchdowns. He ranked 43rd nationally with 68.3 receiving yards per game, and 81st averaging 4.3 receptions. The senior wide receiver set personal-highs with 10 catches totaling 183 yards and a score at South Dakota State. He also surpassed 100 yards against Illinois State (4 catches/122 yards) and in the playoffs at Coastal Carolina (5 catches/102 yards).
Valle started at center in all 10 games he played in before suffering an injury and missing the final three contests. He helped the 2010 offense finish third nationally in total offense, 11th in scoring offense, 13th in passing offense and 23rd in rushing offense. He has played in 18 games over the past two seasons, and is one of three starters back on the offensive line.
Smith took over the placekicking duties during the last six games of his freshman season after transferring to the Leatherneck program last summer. He converted all 21 extra point attempts and went 5-of-7 on field goals. Smith went 9-of-9 on extra points in just his second collegiate game, a win over Illinois State. He also hit three field goals against Northern Iowa (19, 28, 32 yards) and also hit a 38-yarder in the NCAA Division I playoff win at Coastal.
Western opens the season Thursday, September 1st, at Sam Houston State. Season tickets for the five home games at Hanson Field are currently on sale by calling (309) 298-1190 or going to www.GoLeathernecks.com.