Four ‘Phins Named Second Team All-PFL, Nine Given Honorable Mention

Four ‘Phins Named Second Team All-PFL, Nine Given Honorable Mention

ST. LOUIS – The Pioneer Football League announced its 25th annual All-PFL Teams Tuesday, and Jacksonville University (7-4, 5-3 PFL) landed four student-athletes on its second team and nine honorable mentions.

Sophomores Irvin Riley and Keenan Simpson were tagged on the offensive side, while Trevor Tufano represented the Dolphins' defense.

Senior Griffin Garland was featured on the list twice as a defensive back and long snapper.

"It's always rewarding as a program for our young men to be recognized for their efforts on the field of play, especially since this is voted upon by the coaches of the PFL," said Head Coach Ian Shields. "I'm pleased that this 2017 team collectively exceeded expectations together. Much was accomplished by a special group of determined young men."

Each of the Dolphins' second teamers are earning their first postseason acknowledgement.

Nearly tripling his yardage from a season ago, Riley concluded his 2017 slate with a team-high 635 rushing yards. The sophomore running back added six touchdowns, five of which occurred in PFL play, including two in Jacksonville's 20-17 victory over Valparaiso.

His rushing yardage ranked fifth in the league.

Simpson appeared in three games a season ago to tally 27 yards on four carries. This year, he saw action in all but one game for the Dolphins, recording 455 rushing yards, the third most on the team, and five touchdowns at fullback.

Simpson occasionally served as a target for quarterback Rylan Wellspicking up an additional 154 receiving yards with one touchdown.

Jacksonville's linebackers also packed a punch this season and three were honored with PFL's accolades.  

Tufano's sophomore campaign featured PFL and FCS STATS Defensive Player of the Week kudos and most recently, a nod to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District Team. With 63 total tackles, 41 solo, he ranked third on the team in the category.

Tufano was also credited with a pair of sacks, forced fumbles and pass breakups, and one interception.

Garland's final season in green and white captured 62 tackles, three interceptions, a forced fumble, fumble recovery and pass breakup.  One of his most memorable senior highlights includes a goal line stop against Stetson, as the clock expired, in JU's 13-10, Senior Day victory.

As a long snapper, he went a perfect 80-for-80 on target snaps.

Jake Dempsey (OL), Prince Gray (WR), Tyler Havenner (DL), Jake Howell (OL), Thomas Oporto (LB), Jaleel Roberts (OL), Emon Smith (DB), Calvin Turner Jr. (DB) and Caysaun Wakeley (LB) were given honorable mention. Gray and Howell are two-time honorees on the list.