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Illinois State fell to Central Arkansas Saturday night in the first round of the FCS playoffs. 

Senior center Mark Spelman and junior defensive back Davontae Harris made the All-MVFC First Team for Illinois State football. The pair was joined by six other ISU players who made All-MVFC teams.

Spelman became the first offensive lineman to receive back-to-back All-MVFC First-Team honors since Isaiah Wiggins in the 2006-07 seasons. Spelman started in all 12 games for the `Birds, whose total offense ranked No. 6 in the MVFC (390.1). The Brookfield, Wis. native was named one of three captains by his teammates, and received MVFC Offensive Player of the Week after playing a key role in the win over South Dakota State.

Harris ranked No. 1 in the MVFC for passes defended with 15 (13 PBU, 2 INT), averaging 1.36 passes defended per game. The Wichita, Kan. native started 11 of 12 games and notched 5.5 tackles-for-loss and 59 total tackles. Harris tallied his first career interception against South Dakota and broke up the final two pass attempts against Western Illinois. He finished the season with four tackles and an interception in a playoff game against Central Arkansas.

Senior wide receiver Anthony Warrum, junior safety Alec Kocour and junior defensive tackle Dalton Keene were chosen for the All-MVFC Second Team.

Warrum finished his season as the first Redbird to have multiple 1,000-plus yard receiving seasons in his career. The Fishers, Ind. native ended his ISU career No. 1 in career yards per reception (19.53), No. 2 in career touchdown catches (31), No. 3 in career receiving yards (2,871) and tied for No. 5 in career receptions (147).

Kocour started all 12 games as safety and was one of three captains, along with Spelman. The Waukesha, Wis. Native leads all MVFC defensive backs in tackles (47 solo, 44 unassisted) and is ranked No. 9 in the MVFC and second on the team with those 91 tackles. Kocour finished the season with four pass breakups, two tackles-for-loss and one interception.

Keene started in all 12 games as defensive tackle and was named the MVFC Defensive Player of the Week following his nine-tackle game against Southern Illinois. The Jacksonville, Ill. native ranked third on the `Birds defense, tallying 7.5 tackles-for-loss. He also posted 67 tackles, earning tying him for second in the league among defensive lineman.

Senior linebacker Alejandro Rivera, senior offensive tackle Cameron Lee and junior placekicker Sean Slattery were named the All-MVFC Honorable Mention selections.

Beth Geistlinger is a sports reporter for The Vidette. Follow her on Twitter at @beth_geist

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