Youngstown State junior offensive guard Chris Elkins (Beaver Falls, Pa.) was named first-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference, the league announced on Monday. YSU had six players receive all-conference honors for their efforts in 2012.
Senior TB Jamaine Cook (Cleveland, Ohio) and senior TE Will Shaw (Baltimore, Md.) were tabbed second-team all-conference picks while senior DT Aronde Stanton (Detroit, Mich.), senior OG Lamar Mady (Topeka, Kan.) and junior QB Kurt Hess (Dayton, Ohio) were named honorable-mention all-league.
Elkins started all 11 games for the Penguins this season at left guard. Elkins is the YSU offensive lineman to be named first-team all-league since Brad Samsa in 2008. Elkins was an honorable-mention All-MVFC selection last year. As a unit, the Penguins led the Missouri Valley Football Conference in total offensive yards per game during the regular season averaging 385.6 yards per contest.
Cook, a first-team pick in 2011, was a second-team all-conference selection this season. In league games only he ranked second in average yards per game with 122.2 and was second with 11 rushing touchdowns. His 217 attempts were the most by tailback in league play. He rushed for more than 80 yards in seven of eight MVFC games and eclipsed the 100-yard mark on five occasions in league play.
Shaw was a first-time all-league honoree earning second-team accolades. In his first full season as a tight end, he caught 35 passes for 429 yards and five scores. In league-games only he had 26 catches for 317 yards and two touchdowns.
Hess, a first-team pick in 2011, received honorable-mention accolades for his junior season. In leagues-game only, Hess ranked second in passing efficiency (134.9), second in completion percentage (63.2), tied for second with 11 touchdown passes (11) and was third in passing yards (204.6 per game) among all quarterbacks. All five of his 200-plus yard performances came against MVFC foes.
Mady and Stanton were also first-time all-conference honorees as each earned honorable-mention recognition. Mady started all 11 games at left guard and started all 22 games in his YSU career at the position. Stanton also started all 11 games at defensive tackle in 2012 and all 22 during his two-year YSU career. He led the team with 7.5 tackles for losses and was second with four sacks.
The Penguins finished the 2012 season 7-4 overall and 4-4 in the MVFC.
All-MVFC Player Biography Sketches
#66 OG Chris Elkins, YSU, 6-4, 290, Jr. Beaver Falls, Pa. (Beaver Falls)
Started all 11 games at right guard for the Penguins…has started 26 consecutive games at the position…played every MVFC snap in seven of eight games…YSU led the MVFC in total offense for all games averaging 385.6 per contest…Penguins were second in league games only at 367.8 yards per contest…unit allowed just eight sacks for the entire season, including seven in league play…named team's Offensive Lineman of the Game on a team—best four occasions, including three league games (UNI, SIU, INS)…Guins averaged 198.8 yards passing and 186.8 yards per contest.
#35 TB Jamaine Cook, YSU, 5-9, 215, Sr. Cleveland, Ohio (Midpark)
Finished with 1,279 yards on 279 carries…averaged 116.3 per game…scored a career high 15 touchdowns…in MVFC games, had 983 yards on 217 carries and scored 11 touchdowns…averaged 122.9 yards per game…had five 100-yard rushing performances in conference play, highlighted by a 203-yard effort against South Dakota…had 177 yards at Illinois State, 146 yards vs. UNI, 124 vs. Indiana State and 113 at Western Illinois…scored three rushing TDs against Albany, South Dakota and Southern Illinois…had 4,052 yards and 39 yards rushing in his career.
TE #8 Will Shaw, YSU, 6-3, 245, Sr., Baltimore, Md. (Highland/Mesa CC)
Had a breakout campaign in his first full season at tight end…led the team with 35 receptions for 429 yards and five touchdowns…averaged 12.3 yards per catch…had 26 catches for 317 yards and two touchdowns in MVFC play…a solid blocker was named team's Offensive Lineman of the Game at Western Illinois…had a career-high 10 catches for 120 yards and a touchdown at South Dakota State…caught five passes for 95 yards and a touchdown in win over UNI…had two touchdown grabs in season-opening win at Pittsburgh…had a reception in 10 of 11 games.
#12 QB Kurt Hess, YSU, 6-3, 230, Jr. Dayton, Ohio (Chaminade-Julienne)
Completed 176-of-278 passes for 2,112 yards and 15 touchdowns…averaged 192 yards per game and had a completion percentage of 63.3…finished with an efficiency of 139.89…in MVFC games, completed 141-of-223 passes for 1,637 yards and 11 touchdowns…averaged 204.6 yards per game…threw for more than 200 yards in five contests, all of which were in league play…had a season-high 290 yards passing and threw for four touchdowns in win over UNI…had 270 yards at South Dakota State, 248 vs. Indiana State, 231 against Southern Illinois and 201 at Illinois State…had four other two touchdown passing performances.
#55 OG Lamar Mady, YSU, 6-3, 315, Sr., Topeka, Kan, (Topeka/Butler County CC)
Started all 11 games at left guard for the Penguins…has started 22 consecutive games at the position…YSU led the MVFC in total offense for all games averaging 385.6 per contest…Penguins were second in league games only at 367.8 yards per contest…unit allowed just eight sacks for the entire season, including seven in league play…named team's Offensive Lineman of the Game against South Dakota (was also MVFC Offensive Lineman of theWeek)…Guins averaged 198.8 yards passing and 186.8 yards per contest.
#52 DT Aronde Stanton, YSU, 6-2, 280, Sr., Detroit, Mich. (MLK/Grand Rapids CC/Northwood)
Led the team with 7.5 tackles for losses and was second with four sacks…posted 37 total tackles, including 21 solo stops…all of his TFLs and sacks came in league play…had 30 tackles, including 17 solos in league play…returned a fumbled interception 16 yards for a touchdown at South Dakota State...had a season-high 10 tackles, including seven solo stops against the Salukis…had sacks against SIU, South Dakota State and South Dakota…had six tackles in victory over Albany…YSU rush defense allowed under 100 yards per game for first time since 1994.