Three members of Illinois State’s offense were named to the STATS FCS Preseason All-American Team Monday.
Spelman, and Avaloy are both members of the offensive line, and Warrum had one of the best seasons ever by a Redbird in 2015. Having all three of these has to be comforting to sophomore quarterback Jake Kolbe, and a combination of new running backs after losing stud Marshaun Coprich.
Warrum, a Fishers, Ind., native, had a monster 2015 campaign for the Redbirds. Warrum hauled in 58 passes for 1,290 yards and 15 touchdowns (a school record) on his way to earning Third-Team All-American honors. Good for an average of 99.2 yards per game. Warrum also had one rushing touchdown. Warrum earned first team All-MVFC honors in 2015. He finished last season with the second most receiving yards of any FCS player, fourth in receiving yards, and eighth in receiving yards per game.
Spelman, a Brookfield, Wis., native, was a huge member of the offensive line the past two seasons, playing center and not missing one start. Spelman was a first team all MVFC selection in 2015, and also a MVFC All-Academic team member.
Avaloy has not missed a start the past two seasons at left guard for the Redbirds. The 6-foot-5-inch Lombard native earned second team All-MVFC honors in 2015. ISU will need the same type of production this season from Avaloy to keep up the massive production the running game has had for the Redbirds in each of the past two conference winning seasons.
Brock Spack's Illinois State teams starts its back-to-back conference title defense on Sept. 3, when Valparaiso comes to Hancock Stadium. Kickoff for the season opener is set for 6 p.m.