MACOMB, Ill. - Western Illinois had four football student-athletes named All-Missouri Valley Football Conference by College Sports Madness. Junior Jimmy Holtschlag (Quincy/Notre Dame) and sophomore Martinez Davis (Madisonville, KY/North Hopkins/Air Force Prep) were named First Team, sophomore David McDaniel (O'Fallon/O'Fallon) earned a spot on the Second Team, and redshirt-freshman J.J. Raffelson (Lake Zurich/Lake Zurich) was a Third Team selection.
Holtschlag helped anchor the offensive line, making his 13th consecutive start (and 28th overall) to close out the 2012 campaign. All of his starts came at right tackle and the junior led the offensive line in grading out.
Davis currently stands in a tie for second in the MVFC and tie for eighth nationally in interceptions per game (5, 0.45 p/g), two overall shy of the national lead. His two interceptions returned for a touchdown tie him for second-most nationally. Davis also is in a tie for 49th nationally in passes defended (10, 0.91 p/g). He recorded 38 tackles and broke up five passes in addition to his interceptions.
McDaniel ranked right behind Davis in interceptions, recording four this season. That ties him for 24th nationally (0.36 p/g) and tied for sixth in the MVFC. He played in all 11 games and started nine times. His 58 tackles were third-most on the team. McDaniel broke up two passes and recovered a fumble.
A finalist for the Jerry Rice Award (National Freshman of the year), Raffelson recorded a team-leading 105 tackles, including four for a loss. His 9.55 per game average ties him for 32nd nationally, and sixth in the MVFC. 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.