UNI Football’s 2019 All MVFC awards
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UNI Football’s 2019 All MVFC awards

BRAD: The UNI Panther
football team is in Brookings, South Dakota,
preparing for their 2nd Round FCS Playoff matchup
against South Dakota State. The Panthers finished
ahead of SDSU in the conference standings
claiming second place in the Valley. As they look to avenge one
of just 2 conference losses Saturday, we look
at UNI’s individuals who garnered All- -MVFC honors
for their efforts on the field and in the
classroom. BRAD: Three freshman made
significant contributions in their first season as
UNI Panthers and all three land on the MVFC
All-Newcomer Team, and also picked up a first or
second team honor as well. Quarterback Will McElvain,
had a tremendous first year leading UNI’s
offense, finishing second in the Valley with over 2
thousand, three hundred passing yards in the
regular season. The Des Moines Lincoln
grad threw 20 touchdown passes to just 6
interceptions, and he also was third on the team in
rushing yards and added a rushing touchdown, he
added honorable mention all-conference honors to
his All-Newcomer Team recognition. True-freshman Matthew Cook
was on the All-Newcomer team and also earned First
Team All-MVFC honors as the best place kicker in
the conference. The Cedar Falls native was
16 for 19 on field goal attempts and started his
career with a season long 50 yarder against Iowa
State. He was a perfect 33-33 in
PAT’s. Another incoming Panthers
landed on first team All-conference honors as
Omar Brown from Minneapolis, Minnesota
lead the Valley in interceptions with 5 in
the regular season. He was named the national
freshman of the week after a 2 interception
performance against Illinois State. The defense added
Christian Jegen to the All-MVFC Honorable Mention
list grabbing 3 interceptions, and ranking
second at UNI in tackles, while Roosevelt Lawrence
also earned honorable mention accolades in the
secondary. Second team All-MVFC
selections include junior Xavior Williams, a first
team pick as season ago, as well as linebacker
Chris Kolarevic, a sophomore who finished 3rd
on the team in tackles despite missing the firsts
4 games, and ended the year with a pick-6 against
Western Illinois. Chris also earned first
team All-Academic. Jared Brinkman finished
the year with 6 sacks and 11 tackles for a loss in
the regular season and earned second team
All-MVFC accolades as a terror on the defensive
line. Offensive lineman Spencer
Brown earned second team all-conference honors. The junior locked down the
right tackle position helping the UNI offense
average over 300 yards of offense per game. Fellow lineman, Jackson
Scott-Brown has earned first team All-MVFC after
honorable mention honors last season. The senior has started 47
consecutive games. UNI’s first team All-MVFC
picks also include Isaiah Weston. Weston went over the 1,000
receiving yards mark in the Panthers playoff win
and his 10 touchdowns leads the league. The sophomores impressive
25 yard per reception average leads the country. Another first team All-MVFC pick is UNI junior Elerson Smith. Elerson’s 13 sacks and 18
tackles for a loss ranked first and second in the
Valley and both ranked in the top 20 in the nation. The Minneapolis native is
on the Buck Buchanan Watch List for the best
defensive player in the country. UNI seniors long snapper
Joe Friedrich and defensive lineman Seth
Thomas also both earned academic honorable mention
All-MVFC. BRAD: This years Panther
team has been filled with memorable individual
performances, and total team efforts, and a fan
friendly 7-0 record at home in the UNI-Dome. When we come back we look
at an upper classmen on the UNI Volleyball team
that’s dancing in the NCAA Tournament, and we show
you a former educator that simply can’t give it up. The Panther Builders
Panther of the week is Rachel Koop. Koop was named the
Missouri Valley Conference Setter of the Year and was
named to the MVC All- -Tournament team, as she
now leads UNI into the NCAA Tournament.

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