The Missouri Valley Conference awarded All-Conference honors to players throughout the conference with Illinois State University having 10 players receiving recognition for their play this season.

Five players from ISU were awarded first team honors 

James Robinson, RB

Robinson recorded 1,692 yards on the ground this year and led the entire conference in rushing yards, as well as ranking seventh throughout the FCS. having averaged 124.1 yards a game, Robinson also totaled 16 rushing touchdowns on the year.

Drew Himmelman, OL

Being the anchor on the offensive line, Himmelman is responsible for many of Robinson's rushing yards. Being a two-time Offensive Linemen of the Week, Himmelman started all 12 of the games this season and graded out at over 90 percent for the regular season.

Romeo McKnight, DL

McKnight was a problem for several offenses throughout the 2019 season, as he led the Redbirds and ranked fourth in the MVC in sacks with 9.5 and fifth in tackles for a loss averaging 12.5 a game. McKnight added two forced fumbles as well as leading the Redbirds in quarterback hurries with eight.

Luther Kirk, DB

Team captain for the Redbirds, Kirk led the team in tackling recording 74 take downs on the season. Kirk had six pass breakups in the secondary, but also tallied two sacks. Kirk also added a force fumble to his stat totals on the season.

Devin Taylor, DB

A MVFC Defensive Player of the Week, Taylor was the primary corner for the Redbirds. Leading the MVFC in passes defended with 19, as well as totaling 16 pass breakups throughout the regular season. Taylor led ISU and ranked fifth in interceptions on the year, having three.

Ty Deforest, LB was an addition to the Second Team as he had his best season on record at ISU. Totaling career highs in sacks (2), tackles (67), and tackles for a loss (8) in his senior season. 

Four other redbirds received an honorable mention from the conference as well.

Sam Fenalson, K

Was twice named MVFC Special Teams Player of the Week 

Paul Monaco, LS

Served as the team's primary long and short snapper in all 12 contests and was not credited with a bad snap during the season.

John Ridgeway, DL

Finished the season with 46 tackles and had three tackles for a loss. Also credited with two pass breakups and a forced fumble.

Adam Solomon, OL

Started all 12 games for the Redbirds, graded out at over 90 percent for the season.

JAKE FOGAL is a Sports Reporter for The Vidette. He can be contacted at vidette_jpfogal@ilstu.edu Follow him on Twitter at @jFogal5

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