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Three Vikings named to all-America team

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Senior tackle Stephon Kelly, a pre-season all-America, led a Valley offensive line which produced one of the NAIA's most productive rushing attacks last year.
(Chris Allen/Democrat-News)
Three members of the Missouri Valley College football team have been selected for the 2012 Pre-season All-America squad by USA College Sports, Inc.

Among the NAIA players on the 20th annual list are junior defensive back Tyler Davis of St. Louis, senior offensive tackle Stephon Kelly of Cambria Heights, N.Y. -- both all-Heart of America Conference first-team selections -- and senior tight end Chris Owens of St. Louis, a transfer from Northwest Missouri State.

Davis was among the nation's most dangerous cornerbacks last year, ranking eighth in the NAIA with six interceptions and 10th with a 13.6-yard average on punt returns. He also defended seven passes, recovered three fumbles and forced a fumble.

Kelly anchored an offensive line which was eighth in the nation with 249.1 rushing yards per game, resulting in 30 touchdowns on the ground. Owens contributed both blocking and 19 receptions for 233 yards and three TDs.

The Vikings are coming off a 9-2 campaign, 8-1 in the HAAC to tie for first place. They reached the NAIA Championship Series for the fourth time in six years, falling to visiting St. Francis (Ind.), 28-14, in a first-round contest at Gregg-Mitchell Field.

Valley enters the upcoming season, which begins Sept. 1 at McPherson (Kan.), ranked ninth in the NAIA.

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