Youngstown State senior center Chris Elkins was named a second-team All-American by The Associated Press on Thursday. Yesterday, Elkins received third-team honors from The Sports Network.
Elkins, a two-time first-team all-conference selection, started all 12 games at center for the Penguins this year. In 2013, he was the team's Offensive Lineman of the Game five times - Morehead State, Southern Illinois, Western Illinois, North Dakota State and South Dakota State.
He played every snap in seven games out of 12 and his grade for season was 87 percent (highest in four years since Coach Eric Wolford joined the staff). For the campaign, he played 717 snaps and had just four missed assignments per the coaching staff while not allowing a sack and only two quarterback hurries.
Elkins started the final 38 games of his career including every game as a sophomore, junior and senior. He moved to center from right guard for the 2013 slate.
He was one of 13 Missouri Valley Football Conference players, including five first-team honorees, to be named to the AP's All-America squad.