ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Western Illinois put five football student-athletes on the All-Missouri Valley Football Conference teams, as announced by the league office on Monday (Nov. 26).
Sophomore defensive back Martinez Davis (Madisonville, KY/North Hopkins/Air Force Prep) earned a spot on the Second Team, while fellow defensive players Jonathon Rollins (Miramar, FL/Everglades), Ryan Demming (Chicago/St. Rita) and J.J. Raffelson (Lake Zurich/Lake Zurich) along with junior offensive lineman Jimmy Holtschlag (Quincy/Notre Dame) were voted Honorable Mention.
Davis led the defense with five interceptions, returning two for a touchdown which tied the Western season record. His 12 points on defense tied for third place on the season 'Top 10'. He recorded 38 tackles and broke up five passes in addition to his interceptions. Davis recorded two interceptions in the Indianapolis and Missouri State game.
A finalist for the Jerry Rice Award (National Freshman of the year), Raffelson became the first Leatherneck freshman to lead the team in tackles during the program's Division I era. He recorded 105 stops overall, including four for a loss. Three times during the season he finished with a season-high 13 tackles (Illinois State, Indiana State and Youngstown State), and five times reached double-digits. Raffelson finished fourth in the voting as the league's Top Freshman, and tied for fourth in the Newcomer of the Year voting.
Rollins finished second on the team in tackles tallying 88 stops. The sophomore strong safety, who started in all 11 games, registered a career-high 14 tackles versus Youngstown State, and two other times reached double-digits. He forced a fumble and recovered a fumble, and on the year had 2.5 tackles for a loss.
Demming, a junior defensive lineman, also started in all 11 games. He registered 41 tackles, including a team-high 6.0 tackles for a loss. He also led the defense with five quarterback hurries and tied for the lead with two sacks. Demming had a career-high eight stops versus Indiana State.
Holtschlag repeated as an All-MVFC selection, earning Honorable Mention accolades last year as well. The junior started all 11 games at right tackle and led the offensive line in grading out. He made his 28th career start, and 13th consecutive, to close out the 2012 season.